75-year-old retired executive assistant Sandra Mason, who made an appearance on ABC’s reality dating series The Golden Bachelor, revealed that she did so at the expense of her daughter’s wedding.
The show, a spin-off of The Bachelor, stars a 72-year-old widower who is looking for love again, as well as older ladies competing for love. Mason clarified that she didn’t choose to skip her daughter’s wedding.
She said to People, “My son-in-law said, ‘Mom, our ceremony is eight minutes. Our marriage is a lifetime.’ He said, ‘You go. Go.’ And of course, my daughter said, ‘Mom, I’ve got my guy. You go get yours. So they practically shoved me out and said, ‘You got to do this.’”
The proud mother-of-two described her daughter and new son-in-law as “great people,” and she thanked them for their help.
After appearing on the show, she revealed to her potential love match and Golden Bachelor star, Gerry Turner, that she had skipped out on the important day to be there. His response was, “I feel very flattered, but that’s a big event.” The two then called Mason’s daughter via FaceTime, which made her happy.
Mason was eliminated from the competition the week after she revealed this to Turner, but she has stated that she does not regret her decision. She is only disappointed that she was unable to continue, as she had hoped to meet her match.
“I think I was hopeful. You know, six women, I have what? Mathematically, 50 percent or less than 50 percent chance. So, you know, in my heart and in my psyche, I knew that Gerry had formed some deeper relationships,” she said to E!.
Mason’s daughters were similarly unhappy, albeit delighted by their mother’s boldness. Mason also revealed to E! that, even though she and her daughter live in different places, she has already planned how their family will commemorate the wedding.
“We’re all going out to dinner,” she noted. “I finally went out and purchased a gift for them. I’m just going to kiss them all over.”
The 75-year-old woman also revealed that she had already started to get interest from others and that she still had hope of finding true love.
“I think what I did learn is that finding a guy, my guy is very probable. And so I’m moving forward. As soon as I have time, I’m going to be available—look for that special guy.”