Second, why a cop out because he can't deal with drama? Not everyone can. Some people just walk away from it. He's been dating this woman for all of a couple of weeks and she is over the top with emotional ups and downs. If she was dating him IRL and pulled this crap I could totally see him walking away. He has said he is done, ready to settle, wants stability, calm, a partnership. He doesn't want to live his life dealing with emotional ups and downs, afraid if he makes a wrong step he is going to have to deal with tears, whining, a tantrum. Where IRL are there not going to be stressful situations? This may be why he is more drawn to Emily. She has been shown to have an inner strength thru her backstory. She is on an even keel when around the other woman in the house and on group dates. She is a rock. Steady. We see the first signs of her insecurities only at the FD episode when she says she is starting to think of the other women more. But still no tears....just saying
I think it is pretty telling on how he really felt about Chantel when he gave Ashley the rose because he was afraid she would walk away over giving it to Chantel. For Pete's sake, She's the one that kept saying "if you don't feel for me then let me go". This was her perfect opprotunity to just walk away herself. He has always said it was a two way street. He was obviously more worried about Ashley's state of mind than Chantel's. He saw all three girls on that couch, he knew they were all emotional, upset, tired, exhausted, and he chose. In my book, end of the line for Chantel.
Brad may not be the best communicator or most intuitive guy on the planet but he is trying to do what is best for HIM. This is after all, his story, not Chantel's or Ashley's or Emily's for that matter. It is Brad's story.
Finally, before I get too long winded. What does it matter who he takes to F2. If he took Brit because she was less invested he was kinder? I don't get it. If he actually took Brit, or Michelle, or Alli or any of the 29 girls why couldn't they have "declared" their love at some point later and been in the same boat as Chantel?
I believe Chantel is receiving the attention she is because she was rumored F1 at some point. Now, its rumored she's not and all the sudden it's unfair. None of the F2 in the history of the show "deserved" to be F2 because "they wouldn't get hurt". Brooke (Aaron) was totally devastated as was Kristen (Andrew), Bevin (Andy), Kelly (Bob), Jenni (Brad) and the list goes on. F2 is always going to be someone who is totally invested because ultimately if you are an unspoiled viewer the suspense needs to be there because you can see it with both women and you just hope he picks your favorite.