Emilie MaynardThe eldest daughter of, Ricki, was only 6 years old when her mother directed season 8 of The Bachelorette-and now she’s grown up!
“My daughter is 18 today, does anyone have a horse tranquilizer for me? Maynard, 37, joked via Instagram Story on Thursday, June 29, alongside throwback photos of Ricki.
To celebrate her daughter’s milestone birthday, the former bachelor brought her to a tattoo parlour. “Doing adult stuff,” Maynard captioned a second photo of Ricki lying on a table while an artist tattooed her neck.
Maynard gave birth to Ricki in June 2005, less than a year after her fiancé – and Ricki’s father – Ricky Hendrick died in a plane crash. After years of raising her daughter alone, Maynard enrolled in The single person season 15 and finally won Brad Womackis the second season. While their TV engagement was short-lived, the North Carolina native was cast as the Bachelorette lead in 2012. After a brief engagement at Jeff HolmMaynard found love with her husband Tyler Johnson.
“He proposed to me at the house and gave me and Ricki rings. It was so sweet! Ricki loves her more than she loves me! Maynard said exclusively We Weekly in January 2014. “We are definitely looking to get married as soon as possible. No need to wait!”
THE I said yes The author and Johnson, 36, wed in November 2014 before welcoming five children together: Jennings, 7, Gibson, 6, Gatlin, 5, Nola, 2, and Jones, 10 months. The couple’s youngest son, Jones, arrived in August 2022 after keeping Maynard’s pregnancy a secret.
“SURPRISE! On August 31, Tyler and I welcomed our adorable son, Jones West Johnson, into the world,” she wrote via Instagram the following November. “During my surgery, we learned he was born with Down syndrome, and while it was certainly a surprise, we have so much peace in God’s perfect plan and know that Jones will be a blessing to our family.”
After birth, Jones spent over a month in the NICU. “[He] is thankfully now at home in all the chaos and we couldn’t love him more,” Maynard added at the time. “Thank you to everyone at @levinechildrens for all you have done for our family. I am so happy to finally share the news and to be able to share all the photos with you! He is absolutely the icing on the cake! 🍒.”