Melissa Rycroft is a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader turned bachelorette from the dating series “The Bachelor.” She was also part of the CMT TV series “Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders: Making the Team,” as well as a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars.”
Melissa Rycroft was named to People magazine’s list of the World’s Most Beautiful People in 2009 and was named as #99 on Maxim’s list of the Hot 100 that same year. She is of Greek ancestry and described herself on Twitter as “Creator of Belly Bumps & Beyond; Lover of all things fried; former dance champ…most importantly, Wife and Mom.”
Melissa Rycroft grew up in Carrolton, Texas and in high school was a drill team officer. She graduated high school in 2001. She then attended the University of North Texas and graduated with a degree in Marketing and Finance in 2005.
She was a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader for the 2006 NFL season and stayed through the 2007 season, but dropped out due to the cruel treatment she got from “mean girls” on the squad. She went on to fame during the 13th season of “The Bachelor,” in which Jason Resnick initially chose her and then changed his mind. She later married her former boyfriend, Tye Strickland. Of her time on the show, she said, “You kind of get confused mentally as to ‘Why do I want this? Do I want this because I don’t want to be rejected, or do I want this because I love him?”
As for life in the public eye, she said it’s weird. “The first time you see yourself on a tabloid or on a TV, it’s so surreal. And the message boards…those things are brutal. I’ve had to develop a thick skin, which I don’t naturally have.”
Melissa Rycroft added, “This crazy TV world that I live in is not anything that I ever dreamed of. I never thought it was possible for me and it was never anything that I aspired to do, it just kind of fell in my lap.”
She also wrote her memoir, “My Reality.” “It’s not really a memoir, it’s more of a love story.”
She admitted on her blog that she had breast reduction surgery when she was 19. “I’m not opposed to anything by any means…I’ll probably need some help one day!”
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Melissa Rycroft is the mother of Ava Grace Strickland and Beckett Thomas Strickland. “I don’t know if you ever fully adjust to motherhood. It sort of becomes who you are and what you do. I look at my life five months ago and I really don’t remember what I did all day!”
Melissa Rycroft is married and resides in Dallas, Texas.