updated 07/12/2011 AT 9:50 AM ET
•originally published 07/12/2011 AT 7:50 AM ET
Emotions ran high on The Bachelorette Monday night as host Chris Harrison interviewed Emily Maynard, the single mom from Charlotte, N.C. who spoke openly about her recent split from Bachelor Brad Womack.
Noticeably absent while Maynard sobbed through much of the interview was Womack. Why didn’t he show?
“I think it was too hard for him,” Maynard tells PEOPLE. Since becoming engaged on The Bachelor season finale, the duo had been dogged relentlessly by the paparazzi and served as the subject of false tabloid reports.
“He wants privacy just as much as I do. The only reason [I did it] is because I don’t want people following me anymore. I have a daughter I have to protect,” Maynard says.
“That was my main reason for coming here. If I didn’t have that I would have just let it ride and never been on TV again.”