After losing one fiance to death and then weathering two failed engagements from her appearances on "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," Emily Maynard is hoping that the fourth time's the charm: Her boyfriend, management consultant Tyler Johnson, has popped the question.
"We're really excited!!" single-mother Maynard, 27, told Us Weekly, speaking of herself and her daughter, Ricki, 8. Johnson "proposed to me at home and gave both Ricki and me rings. It was so sweet! Ricki loves him more than she likes me!" The proposal, she added, came with five diamond-studded bands.
"I've had enough engagement rings!" Maynard joked.
Maynard said the two want a short engagement. "We definitely are looking to get married sooner rather than later," she told Us. "No point in waiting!"
The couple met in church, E! News reported in November, during the months between Maynard's stints on "The Bachelor" (January to March 2011), and "The Bachelorette" (May to July 2012). But the two did not start dating until after she had broken up with "Bachelorette" winner Jef Holm.
Maynard was 14 when she met Ricky Hendrick, the racing son of NASCAR owner Rick Hendrick, who subsequently joined management at his dad's Hendrick Motorsport. In 2004, when she was 18, she and Ricky Hendrick got engaged. But later that year, he and nine others died when their private plane crashed. The night of Hendrick's memorial service, Maynard told his parents she was pregnant with the couple's daughter, Josephine, who is called Ricki in her late father's honor.
Maynard won the Brad Womack edition of "The Bachelor" in 2011 and accepted his proposal, but the couple soon broke up.