'The Bachelor' After The Final Rose Recap: Ben Flajnik's Shocking New Proposal

Mon, March 12, 2012 11:58pm EDT by 31 Comments

Ben denies cheating rumors, Courtney claims Ben ‘abandoned’ her and that she doesn’t even know if they’re still a couple anymore! So, did Chris Harrison’s public couple therapy session bring the two back together? Read on to find out…

It’s official: Courtney Robertson is the winner of The Bachelor. On the March 12 season finale, Ben proposed to the most hated woman in America on a mountaintop in Switzerland. And just as we suspected — this did not end up being the fairy tale they had hoped for.

The Bachelor After The Final Rose opened up with a teary-eyed Ben Flajnik revealing that when him and his fiancee Courtney were forced to be apart while the show aired on national TV — they broke up! Surprise, surprise!

“We were essentially broken up. We had a talk and decided it’s not healthy with all this negative energy,” Ben told host Chris Harrison, really talking about the negative press surrounding Courtney’s evilness in the house. “It became too much, so much that I just cracked. There were a few weeks where we took a couple steps back and reassessed our relationship.”

But the big question on everybody’s mind was if Ben cheated on Courtney in those “few” weeks they were apart? Photos and new reports claimed Bachelor Ben was engaging in one-night stands and even picking girls up at bars — there were even photos to prove it!

But Ben gave Chris a firm “no!” He said those pictures were from a long time ago and the girls he was spotted out with were just “friends from San Francisco.” Hmm. You know what they say, Ben, a picture is worth a thousand words! And those pictures — lip locking and all — did not look like these ladies were “just friends.”

Moving forward, Ben left the hot seat and Courtney was up next. Courtney revealed the breakup happened around the most romantic day of the year — Valentine’s Day — and that Ben didn’t even send her flowers. So sad.

“We were so happy together and then it was like a big storm rolled in,” Courtney told Chris. “This happened right near Valentine’s Day. He didn’t send flowers, a card or anything…I was so heartbroken.”

The model went on and confessed that she felt abandoned when the press was attacking her and Ben did nothing, not even in private, to console her. I can see her side on that one. As former Bachelorette Ashley Hebert later pointed out (spoiler alert) when the press was harsh on Ashley —  J.P. never abandoned her!

But then Chris asked Courtney the biggest question of the night: are you and Ben still a couple?

Courtney’s eyes filled with tears as she honestly revealed: “I don’t know.”

“I really don’t know,” Courtney cried to Chris. “I love him. I’m not ready to turn my back on him. I’m hopeful.”

She also admitted that there was A LOT they needed to talk about — probably when the cameras aren’t rolling.

After her emotional confession she was reunited with Ben for the first time since the season began in January. They awkwardly kissed hello, but tension was high.

Chris tortured the couple by replaying their engagement and then asked them if that was what they still wanted? An engagement?

“Yes it is, I very much want her and to have this again,” Ben said. But Courtney said she’s hesitant and has her doubts, but Ben still gives her an engagement ring — for the SECOND time!

And if Ben couldn’t take anymore stabs at his heart for the evening, the woman who it all began with, Ashley Hebert, takes the stage with the man, JP Rosenbaum, who she dumped Ben for.

Oy! Talk about awkward! So let’s recap: Ben proposes to Courtney, Ben dumps Courtney, Ben denies cheating on Courtney and then Ben proposes to Courtney for the second time — Courtney of course says “yes.”

As much as I’ve been anti-Courtney this ENTIRE season, I have to admit I’m equally as repulsed by Ben now. If he really loved Courtney, he would have stuck by her side even in her darkest moments on TV. I don’t know why Courtney even wants to be with a man who supposedly “abandoned” her! The best thing that could have happened would have been if Courtney said no to his second proposal.

What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Do you believe Ben stayed loyal to Courtney during their break-up? Do you think she should have said “yes” to his second proposal? Vote and weigh in below.

– Nicole Karlis


More ‘Bachelor’ News

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  3. Ben Flajnik’s Shocking Confession: Courtney Robertson Hurt Me On ‘The Bachelor’

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Margaret

Posted at 2:11 AM on July 5, 2014  

I cant beleive that Ben could be so dense not to see Courtney’s manipulation coming, how many girls warned him?? during the reality show. He really picked the wrong girl! There were some lovely girls, hope he learns!! Courtney just threw herself at him….Idont beleive her intentions were right to enter in to ‘The Batchelor!!

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ssalunkhe

Posted at 1:16 PM on April 26, 2012  

I was huge fan of Ben. he was the winner of the bachelor season 12 and he has proven that men are more loyal and honest about love than women. I really respect Ben’s decision, but Courtney seems unhappy with only love. She’s into it for the fame. Watch this full episode @ http://xfinitytv.comcast.net/tv/The-Bachelorette/38/full-episodes

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essence

Posted at 1:09 PM on March 28, 2012  

I truly respect and admire Ben’s courage for choosing the woman HE wanted and NOT the woman Chris Harrison, the other women in the house AND the media, thought that he should want! This should be a HUGE clue to all of you reality show watchers out there…..

In watching this show; we see ONLY what the “powers that be” ALLOW us to see! So, based on this reality; how can ANYONE, including the media; be so ARROGANT as to judge Courtney and Ben? Especially when it’s based on a “reality” show, that when all the editing is done; can, NO LONGER BE CONSIDERED REALITY!!! (This also applies to some of the “information” the media puts out there!) Some might call all of this; SENSATIONALISM!

The REALITY is: Courtney’s beautiful, smart AND she’s in love with Ben! AND BEN LOVES HER BACK!!!

I wish Courtney and Ben the BEST OF GOOD LUCK on their journey of life, love and happiness!

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CLBare

Posted at 8:40 PM on March 16, 2012  

UNBEARABLE !!
This program is absolutely disgusting! Both Ben and Cortney are shallow amoral individuals!

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Tracy

Posted at 12:06 PM on March 15, 2012  

American plastic fantastic show – what a nation of botox-silicon-filled-egotistical-hypocritical-phonies. None of the girls look natural with all the layers of make up and they all have childish, irritating voices. No wonder the rest of the world laughs at you people. :D

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Tracy

Posted at 12:08 PM on March 15, 2012  

But you’re probably not even aware there is a world outside the United States of Selfishness …

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catalina

Posted at 8:56 AM on April 19, 2012  

oh like it only happens in America! Look around you, it’s everywhere. And you think one silly show with some silly girls and boys is representative for what America stands for? The rest of the world wishes they were here, part of this amazing new culture that doesn’t allow for discrimination, bullying, finger pointing and cheap criticism. In America, we can be who we are and we have this awesome quality which is that we don’t care what the rest of the world thinks… Funny little shows like the Bachelor simply reminds the world of our freedom of expression. We don’t have to always aprrove, it’s just nice to know that you have it.

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Gail

Posted at 7:54 AM on February 22, 2013  

yoú’re kidding aren’t you! why would anybody want to live in america when it has no money, has segregation in states and students are taught geography on an international basis

 
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Lee

Posted at 7:33 PM on January 24, 2013  

About 75 percent of them aren’t even attractive. TOO fake.

Yet this show is addictive to me because of the few real, beautiful women and the few real guys.

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ky

Posted at 4:46 PM on March 14, 2012  

You grls are just jelous of her.if you hater cant get ova it, tht means you have problem as well! leave courtney and ben alone they love each other!! stop hating get a life

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Tracy

Posted at 12:00 PM on March 15, 2012  

oh come on … jealous? of what? of her “winning” a douchebag? they both suck! and if you call this love, you don’t know love. these are two people promoting themselves on TV – they will break up in a week.

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stupid

Posted at 12:57 AM on April 16, 2013  

You have no right to comment! You cannot even spell, nor use the correct grammar

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nicole

Posted at 12:41 PM on March 14, 2012  

Ben is such a douchebag! i didnt like him all that much in the show, totally thinking with the wrong head and not so much to fall in love as he claims, he thinks just because a show hooked him up with a few girls hes on top, but hes just a guy he badly needs a haircut. Even courtney didnt deserve to be abandoned

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Jimmy Mac

Posted at 7:32 AM on March 14, 2012  

Chris Harrison is full of CRAP! Ben and Courtney were tortured with all the BS the show’s producers puts people through. The main reason Courtney acted so silly was the producers goaded her into it. Ben played the show, found love and wanted to marry the girl, and these idiots destroyed their relationship with production schedules and blackout periods. This show is ONLY about building up and destroying relationships. They just got to have that drama right? Chris Harrison is a phony and so is the show. Looks like others are catching on too looking at the crappy ratings they pulled…..I am sure thy are going to blame that on Ben and Courtney too …

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deegee

Posted at 11:43 PM on March 13, 2012  

I will not be watching this show again. This season showed so perfectly how men are completely stupid when it comes to trashy women.

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Momo

Posted at 8:54 PM on March 13, 2012  

Ben’s ugly and Courtney’s ugly inside. Maybe this combo will work well for them. Lots of luck!

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Russianmodel

Posted at 1:49 PM on March 13, 2012  

Lindzi was not a good choice for ben at all. She needs to go on fear factor or wiped out. She and her horse will fit there just right.

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Russianmodel

Posted at 1:47 PM on March 13, 2012  

I’m actually happy that ben and courtney are together and i think their relationship will last. As controversial as this season has been, they both have enough will power to make through this s$#t storm of press. They look good together, they care about each other/support each other and they both found love. That’s all that matters. From the group of girls that ben had on the show he picked the best one (and most accomplished, independent, and beautiful one). The rest is just a sad bunch of cocktail waitresses.

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Jane

Posted at 12:11 PM on March 13, 2012  

I’m betting that Ben’s mom and sister told him what to say and do when meeting Courtney again. What a jerk..everything he pretended to be, he wasn’t. If someone took back my engagement ring, that would be the only time he would ever put one on my finger. I sincerely do no think I will ever watch this show again.

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tinamarie

Posted at 9:41 AM on March 13, 2012  

His hair seriously makes me want to throw up. It’s that horrible. I wish this show would just end. It is a joke.

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graceLucy

Posted at 9:05 AM on March 13, 2012  

Our true selves come out when we are in highly emotional situations.. anyone can be good when everything and everyone around you are perfect. But it takes someone with integrity to do the right thing even when circumstances are difficult. Marriage is just the beginning of new problems and challenges and if you do not have a good partner you are setting yourself up for failure. Courtney has a lot of growing to do but at least she is heading that direction. Sorry Ben, you let go of a lot of beautiful and strong women who really cared about you. You made the choice and now you have to live with the consequences.

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Yosarian

Posted at 2:40 AM on March 13, 2012  

I love Courtney. She is just honest and thats the bigest problem with all those fake blonde girls,manipulative media they were just ridiculus and superficially stupid not only stupid!!! And she told them just that! I admire that and not surrprised to see the upsetness of the brain washed “blonds ” and “democratic” puritans”.
Regarding Ben he better run and hide behind his mom and sad sister!!! You first have to grow up….Courtney is too much of a woman for that boy!
Wishing Courtney all the best and happiness!!!

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peyton

Posted at 9:12 AM on March 13, 2012  

It’s one thing being honest, but it’s another being plain out mean! Some of things she said and done were just hurtful and rude!

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Lauren

Posted at 2:00 AM on March 13, 2012  

Him and Lindzi weren’t right at all!! Courtney is a much better fit for him! I will admit i was a huge hater of Court but after seeing how vulnerable she was after more and more contestants left, you got to see the real her. When her and Ben are together it’s so cute and puts a smile on my face. Lindzi was pretty boring the whole season, he prob.got bored too. Court and Ben are meant to be. She can’t move on if you constantly keep bringing up what she did so long ago, she has since apologized multiple times; let it go and let them be happy!

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Toody

Posted at 2:45 PM on March 13, 2012  

What grade are you in? Did you ever learn grammar in school? “Him and Lindzi weren’t right…” “When her and Ben are together…”

“He and Lindzi weren’t right…” is the right way.

“When she and Ben are together…”

It’s pretty scary to me to think that there are so many people who don’t have a grasp of basic third grade grammar.

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uk

Posted at 4:30 PM on March 14, 2012  

I agree with you lauren

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Susannah

Posted at 1:32 AM on March 13, 2012  

Sounds healthy to me that Ben broke up with her……..rather than focusing on how he “abandoned” her and playing the victim, if she were truly sorry for her behavior she would be understanding of how her hurtful behavior affected many people, including Ben. Also listen to how she describes previous relationships…….”I gave and then they took me for granted….”. I do not see much evidence of her abilities “to give.”. She also out and out lied to Ben and his mother & sister when asked about what happened. If she can’t be clear about her part in things, how can things be different? It seems that Ben has some very difficult relationship karma going on, based on what happened with Ashley, and now Courtney…..showing his judgement perhaps is obscured at times ………

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Counting

Posted at 2:15 AM on March 13, 2012  

Ben’s lying through his teeth. He will never get over the “she’s not who I thought she was.” Why is he so surprised? After all, he told one of the girls to “Watch it!” when she tried to tell him about Courtless Courtney. Okay, so he got what he wanted. That gal shut up, and plunge on he did!

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medline

Posted at 9:52 PM on March 13, 2012  

It is true she lied to Ben, his sister and mother. The girls tried to tell him she is not what he thinks she is. She is so mean, manipulative, and she pulled all the tricks that no girl would do. I still remember when he was talking with one of the girls and she took off her clothes and went to dip in the water. destructing his attention from the other girl. She used her body further… I think he is still a boy. So it wasn’t love. This was the lowest tricks. Then he saw the show and he and his family were shocked to see what she really was. So he of course broke up with her. But on national TV she played poor little me, he abandoned me, and now I am afraid to trust. She pulled the guilt game on him. He thought the nation will hate him… so he proposed again. It was a big mistake. She is not established. She has a record of playing the same games on other men.

 
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blessing

Posted at 11:11 PM on March 13, 2012  

I really think for all who are saying what they are saying should just remove one-self from the judgment seat.And let the people them live there life..For me I see that Courtney made {Great TV}..I also say all the best 2 her and Ben!!!!

 
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Ian from Sydney

Posted at 11:11 PM on June 4, 2012  

Having just seen the finale here in Australia I think having read all of the comments, Medline, you seem to have summed it up perfectly. She was so fake during the show and he was after. I didn’t see true love at the final rose ceremony as there was no emotion. She just kept hamming it up for the camera, as if to say, look at me girls, I beat you. What a shame. I hope Lindzi looks elsewhere and doesn’t hold a candle for him.

 
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