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Does the Bachelor Show Franchise emotionally exploit its contestants? A question left unanswered to this point as the show ended.

The New Orleans-based 29-year-old swimsuit model and former contestant on ABC’s reality show The Bachelo Gia Allemand called her mother, Donna Micheletti to say good-bye. Micheletti called Allemand’s boyfriend, the NBA player Ryan Anderson in a state of panic and dread. Ryan Anderson rushed to Allemand’s apartment where he found her unconscious and a vacuum cleaner cord wrapped around her neck.

Micheletti immediately flew to New Orleans but Allemand was pronounced brain-dead at the hospital and Micheletti made the decision to take her off life support. Micheletti told Dr. Phil a few months later that she said she was so tired of being hurt.

Allemand had been sitting in front of Chris Harrison who is the host of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette three years earlier he prepared to reveal the winner of Bachelor Pad, which 19 former Bachelorcast members team up to compete for $250,000 in prize money.

Harrison asked Allemand about her relationship with another competitor on the show who is Wes Hayden. Allemand didn’t want to jeopardize her relationship back home yet but the show’s editors created a romantic narrative between Allemand and Hayden, something that they call a ‘showmance’. Harrison’s exact words were: ‘You were in a tough spot, do you still have your boyfriend?’ Allemand’s face noticeably dropped and she took a deep breath before answering ‘No, I don’t.’

The audience didn’t know that Allemand’s boyfriend had dumped her after seeing earlier episodes of Bachelor Pad as they cheered. Micheletti said that they portrayed her and Wes as a couple and it made her boyfriend look bad so he dumped her. She added that Gia loved him so much and she just lost it. Allemand spiraled into depression and Micheletti hospitalized her daughter after she threatened to throw herself out a window. Allemand was diagnosed with premenstrual dysphoric disorder or PMDD. It is a condition that can lead to deep depression during a woman’s menstrual cycle, but Allemand never sought treatment.

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This was not the first time a contestant from the franchise had attempted suicide. Julien Hug who competed on The Bachelorette’s fourth season suffered from severe depression and took his own life in 2010. And a contestant from season 14 of The Bachelor who was eliminated in the first episode named Alexa “Lex” McAllister, died from a drug overdose in an apparent suicide last February 16 of this year.

Neither Hug’s family nor Micheletti’s blame the show for the loss of their children. A spokesman for Hug’s father wrote that it is of the family’s opinion that his son’s death had nothing to do with The Bachelor”. It is not as if droves of the franchises over 400 contestants have come forward to claim the show caused them emotional distress. a California-based psychologist who has written about ‘The Bachelor for Psychology Today’ named Shauna Springer, a PhD, said that The Bachelor franchise glorifies and promotes reckless attachments and unsustainable relationships, any assertion that the show itself causes contestants to attempt suicide would be overreaching though.