Fans are counting down the minutes till tonight’s premiere of “The Bachelor’s” new season, but the show took a few minutes last night during the “Countdown to Juan Pablo” to pay tribute to one of its former contestants.
Gia Allemand, who committed suicide last August and was a contestant in 2010′s season 14, was introduced and emotional clips were shown of the reality star speaking on life and love.
After arguing with her boyfriend Ryan Anderson, Allemand hanged herself Aug. 12 and died two days later when she was taken off life support.
“I just hope people remember my kind heart. I have a kind heart for people. That’s what I hope people remember me for,” she said in the old clip.
In another clip, she spoke of wanting two children and even adopting from China.
In addition to the footage from Allemand – who died at 29 years old – her mother Donna Micheletti also spoke during the tribute.
“Gia took her own life and it is heart wrenching and I wouldn’t want to see any other parent go through this,” she said. “There is plenty of help for everyone. I just miss her. Gia was always full of such life and she’d walk into a room and you’d feel her presence. She’d light up that room like sunshine.”