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Originally posted 09/08/2013 08:00PM
Donna Micheletti's voice choked with tears as she told Dr. Phil McGraw about her daughter Gia Allemand's final moments as she tried to commit suicide on Aug. 12.
In the heartbreaking interview set to air on Dr. Phil on Tuesday, Micheletti revealed she was on the phone with her daughter, 29, as she hanged herself in her New Orleans apartment.
Micheletti believes that the Bachelor star called her because "I'm the closest person in the world to her and she didn't want to be alone when she left this world. So she wanted Mommy to be there, I guess."
Originally posted 08/16/2013 10:30AM
Donna Micheletti, mother of Gia Allemand, issued an official statement Friday morning to set the record straight about theories and remarks that have come out about her late daughter.
Released through a media representative, Micheletti's statement said, "The family and close friends of Gia Allemand have not spoken to the media to date, nor have they posted comments or insight on Twitter. There are numerous statements and theories in the media regarding Gia's death and her life that refer to sources close to Gia or friends of hers."
Originally posted 08/14/2013 06:30PM
The death of Gia Allemand, who competed for Jake Pavelka's heart on season 14 of The Bachelor shocked those who knew her – particularly fellow contestants from the reality love show, as well as the very bachelor whose heart she was hoping to win.
The 29-year-old was found Monday night in her New Orleans home by her boyfriend, NBA player Ryan Anderson.
Following her death, her family members praised Allemand in a statement, saying, "Loved ones and fans will remember Gia Allemand as a caring woman who loved her family and was well-known for her compassion towards animals and mission to rescue homeless pets."
Read on to see what others had to say about the late reality star online:
Originally posted 08/14/2013 05:30PM
Jake Pavelka had to pull his car over to the side of the road because he couldn't stop crying when he learned castmate Gia Allemand had died.
Allemand, who was taken off life support Wednesday after an apparent suicide attempt, was "an angel," he tells PEOPLE.
"I am in complete shock and devastated to hear the news about Gia," says Pavelka, who romanced Allemand, 29, on season 14 of The Bachelor. "She was one of the sweetest people I have ever known. And a very dear friend. My heart goes out to her family during this very difficult time. We have lost an angel today."
Originally posted 08/13/2013 07:05PM
Gia Allemand, who starred on season 14 of The Bachelor, has been admitted to a New Orleans hospital in critical condition.
The 29-year-old was taken to University Hospital "following a serious emergency medical event" on Monday night, ABC says in a statement.
Allemand's mother is with her, as is her boyfriend, NBA player Ryan Anderson of the New Orleans Pelicans.
Originally posted 05/02/2013 01:35PM
Adjusting to life after being the Bachelor can be a challenge. Just ask the men themselves.
"I tell all the girls I meet: Just know, I won't be airlifting you to the top of a glacier on our first date," says former franchise star Bob Guiney, 42. Joined by Andrew Firestone, 37, and Jake Pavelka, 35, at a March photo shoot for PEOPLE's special issue celebrating 25 seasons of The Bachelor, three of the show's biggest stars hammed it up – and shared the inside dish on the roses, romances and, yes, hot tubs, that made their seasons so very special.
Originally posted 04/05/2013 09:00AM
They were always there "for all the right reasons." And even now, after 25 combined seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, fans still haven't gotten tired of the drama, cat fights, and hot tub hijinks that make for an amazing season.
Who should win as the best Bachelor of all: Jake Pavelka, who chose bad-girl Vienna only to break up with her in a vicious televised special? Sean Lowe, who vowed to hold off on sex with his pick, Catherine Giudici, until their summer 2013 wedding night? Or Jason Mesnick, who popped the question to Melissa Rycroft, then pulled a switcheroo at the reunion? (He just had a baby with his final choice, Molly Malaney.) And remember Season 2 star Aaron Buerge? He ranks as the highest rated Bachelor of all time, with 26 millions viewers tuning in as he popped the question to Helene Eksterowicz in 2002.
Originally posted 03/29/2013 10:45AM
Bachelor and Bachelorette stars Tenley Molzahn and Kiptyn Locke have ended their 2½-year relationship.
In a joint statement the popular couple, who appeared on Bachelor Pad in 2010, tell PEOPLE, "With love and respect, we decided to take a break in January. We are both focused on philanthropic and personal growth at this time, wishing each other the best. Thank you for respecting our privacy."
Both Molzahn and Locke were runners-up on their respective seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.
Originally posted 01/15/2013 07:50PM
The Bachelor's current star, Sean Lowe, was joined by past franchise favorites on Jan. 11 to celebrate 25 seasons of the hit ABC reality dating show.
The Texas hunk clinked glasses at the famed Agoura Hills, Calif., Bachelor mansion with series creator Mike Fleiss and past Bachelorettes Ali Fedotowsky, Trista Sutter, Jillian Harris, DeAnna Pappas and the show's most recent star, Emily Maynard.
Also on hand were former Bachelor Jason Mesnick and his wife, Molly, who is expecting the couple's first child in March, as well as former contestants Courtney Robertson, Michael and Stephen Stagliano, Erica Rose and Casey Shteamer.
Originally posted 12/03/2012 04:40PM
Everything appears to be rosy between Kristin Chenoweth and her new beau Jake Pavelka.
"We have been spending a little time together," Chenoweth tells PEOPLE of her dates with the former Bachelor star.
The actress, 44, met her new man, 34, at an event in October and it was not long before the couple was spotted dining together in West Hollywood as well as more recently at a cafe near Pavelka's home in Texas.
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