The Bachelor fans went stir crazy when one of the Bacherlottes did not kiss Sean Lowe. This was because she was on a one on one date wit him, but the San Diego real estate developer was raised by strict Muslim parents, and this was the only reason she refused to.
You seemed disappointed – not to mention scared – when Sean took the “Iraqi to the desert” for rock climbing.
I was so scared but [I went into] survival mode and hauled ass up that rock. I was like, “I can’t think about where I am or what I am doing or I’ll go out of my mind.” I loved him so much for him giving me the opportunity to prove to the world that I am more than just a glamour girl.
Refusing to kiss Sean had everyone talking. Why wouldn’t you kiss him?
I don’t believe that showing affection in public is a bad thing but my mom does. … Her one simple request was don’t make out with somebody on television. … She didn’t mind that I was going to do the show, which is so huge, and she clearly knows that I go on dates and that I’ve kissed a boy before. It was more for the people in our Arab circle. … We have such a strong culture and my family is big in my life, so I needed to test Sean to see if he’d respect my family and culture. And it was a huge test for me to see if I could resist.