When Emily Maynard starred in The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, their daughter Ricki Hendrick was just a little girl. Bachelor Nation met Maynard while she was a contestant on Brad Womack’s second season, which aired in 2011, and she received his final rose. Womack and Maynard became engaged but split just months after their finale aired. Maynard then directed the eighth season of The Bachelorette and became engaged to Jef Holm during the May 2012 finale. Their engagement ended in October 2012 and in June 2014 Maynard married Tyler Johnson. As people detailedHendrick was 8 years old at the time and was her mother’s maid of honor.
In the years since Hendrick was a little girl by her mom’s side on reality television, she’s grown up and become a big sister to four younger siblings. On June 29, Maynard focused on her eldest daughter as she celebrated Hendrick’s birthday.
Here’s what you need to know:
Hendrick just turned 17
In honor of the 17thth Maynard shared a lengthy video montage and a sweet caption on her birthday her Instagram page. “On that day seventeen years ago I feel reborn in so many ways because you brought so much joy to my aching heart,” the former Bachelorette said. “And now you brighten up every room you walk in and make people, whether you know them or not, feel like they’ve known you forever,” she continued. Maynard noted that she shot the video for her 16-year-old daughter last yearth Birthday, but it was definitely worth sharing again.
Maynard also gushed about her daughter’s “humility, grace, determination and, of course, beauty,” who she says “knows no bounds.” Hendrick responded with a few comments, one telling her mother she loved her and the other jokingly notice Her mother was “right about the beauty”. Fans of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette were stunned to learn that the little girl they first saw on TV more than a decade ago was now 17 years old. “Thank you for sharing your girl’s joy with the world,” one fan commented. “I can’t believe she’s 17! Happy birthday to your precious angel!!” a second fan wrote.
Johnson also gushed about Hendrick
Maynard’s husband jumped up Instagram also to commend Hendrick. “My best buddy and all my heart,” his caption began. Noting that they are “so proud of the young woman” she’s become, he added, “She’s a good driver, hardworking, free thinker and is just the most amazing 17-year-old I know…really.” Johnson wished her a happy birthday, noting, “You are everything to me,” as he ended his caption with a Bible verse.
The series of photos Johnson shared included one that appeared to be fairly recent, as well as several from their early days of bonding. Henrik commented by telling Johnson, “I said not to post them anywhere I look so evil,” but he didn’t take them down. The teenager objected to the post, but “liked” it anyway.
“Omg I’m about to cry and I don’t even know you guys,” someone divided on Johnson’s post. Someone else commented that Johnson was the “best blessing Emily and Ricki could ask for,” and they were sure he should be in their lives. Maynard and Hendrick went through some tough times together in their early years when Us weekly detailed but it looks like they are loving life to the fullest these days.
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