Bachelorette 2013 roses begin Tuesday for Desiree Hartsock

May 28, 2013

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Desiree Hartsock was on "The Bachelor" last season but got the boot after bachelor Sean Lowe met her family. Now, she's the one deciding who stays and who goes.

"Will you accept these abs? You don't have to answer now. Think about it," says Zak.

"All right. I'll think about it. I'll think about it," Desiree answers.

Zak is one of 25 men vying for the attention of the new bachelorette.

"Most of them were just really well-rounded, amazing men But there are a few that slipped through the cracks, and you'll be able to see," Desiree says.

Desiree has to knock out 10 guys in the first round.

"I gave everyone a chance, so I sat down with everyone and talked to them before I made my decision," she said.

While she's being pretty tight-lipped about her whole experience, Desiree says she'd be OK if the man she loved was already a father.

"This is my everything, and I wanted you to know exactly who I am from day one. This is my best friend, my son, Brody," said one suitor.

"I always thought I knew what I wanted in my life, but I think I, you know, learned. And I realized what I actually need in my life. And that was a huge learning curve for me," Desiree said.

Desiree's demise when she was on "The Bachelor" was not pretty. And she's OK with moments like that.

"I'm not afraid of the ugly cry or, you know, being emotional because it's real life," she said. "There's going to be a lot of dramatic moments... Honestly, it's an expressive group. They're, they're a little sensitive."

Desiree said she was confident with every decision she made.

As the newest bachelorette got set to make her decisions, a previous bachelorette revealed a struggle she dealt with after the show ended.

The star of ''The Bachelorette'' in 2004 nearly drank herself to death. Meredith Phillips tells People magazine she used to drink more than 20 bottles of wine a week and would black out every day.

She says she finally realized she was killing herself. So she got help and says she's been sober more than 150 days now.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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