Lacey Mark: I chased the ‘wrong thing’ on ‘Bachelor in Paradise’

Lacey Mark’s first season on “Bachelor in Paradise” was certainly memorable, but not for the best reasons.

“I think ‘Paradise’ helped me realize that I was chasing the wrong thing, and that if I were to go back and do it a second time, I would have the opportunity to chase the right thing,” the social media director recently told Page Six.

After getting the boot from Nick Viall on Season 21 of “The Bachelor” last year, Mark, 27, jetted to Mexico, hoping to find a forever love in Canadian model and “Bachelorette” alum Daniel Maguire.

“I was literally like, ‘I’m here for Daniel, and I’ll do whatever I have to do to stay here until he arrives, if he arrives. This is what I’m here for,’” Mark said, noting she and Maguire had been in contact prior to the show.

Life, however, threw Mark a curveball, as she had to return home on her first day of filming following the death of her grandfather. And while production had been briefly shut down, stemming from a sex scandal involving contestants DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios, Mark would return to the show and enjoy a summer fling with Maguire, until their would-be fairytale came crashing down.

“I feel like almost in a way, my ‘Paradise’ experience got robbed from me,” she said, claiming Maguire had faked his feelings for her.

“I think if I were to go back a second time, it would be completely different and hopefully more worthwhile,” she said.

As for finding real love on “Paradise,” Mark said the “proof is in the pudding,” referencing the relationships of Jade and Tanner Tolbert, as well as Evan Bass and Carly Waddell.

“I mean it works if you’re willing to let it work,” she said.

Maguire didn’t immediately return our request for comment.

“Bachelor in Paradise” returns Tuesday at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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