Rachel Lindsay’s big night is here. ‘The Bachelorette’ star joined Chris Harrison live to watch the finale with America — but who did she chose?
Usually, the star of the show joins Chris Harrison on After the Final Rose. This time around, Rachel Lindsay, 32, came out in the beginning to watch with Chris and the rest of America. So, she took us through those final days, picking up where we left off: Peter Kraus, 31, telling her he’s not sure he can propose. There was a brief back and forth, but ultimately, they both knew they needed more time to have private conversations and try to grow their relationship. She and Peter were all smiles in the morning, but she did actually reveal to Chris that she was very close to sending him home before the overnight.
And then there was Bryan Abasolo, 37. Naturally, they connected right away during their one-on-one, but he noticed she was preoccupied. Being the extremely smooth operator he is, and really knowing Rachel the best, he told her at dinner he knew something was going on. She actually really appreciated that he could read her, and that he seemed genuinely concerned. Of course, they also headed to the overnight date.
“I went in there with a list — I had questions I wanted to ask, concerns that my family had had. You know, in true lawyer fashion, I was asking about health insurance and credit scores,” Rachel told Chris after the last date. Atta girl!
And Then There Were 2
So, who would go home first? She admitted to the guys (while staring at Peter) that she wanted a proposal in the end — she wasn’t looking for a boyfriend. However, she didn’t send him home. Instead, Eric Bigger was sent home. She was honest with him though, telling him she did love him but wasn’t in love with him. That’s like hearing your parents say they’re not mad, they’re disappointing — it hurts, right? Well she came face-to-face with him during the live special and once again, he proved he could not be classier. Also, break up looks good on him.
However, we still needed to know Rachel’s choice! Her final date with Bryan was a hot air balloon ride filled with a lot of making out, then Bryan gave her a homemade Spanish dictionary… and they made out some more. He was also very honest with her, telling her that she’d be making a mistake if she didn’t chose him.
Peter’s date wasn’t so simple — it actually wasn’t simple at all. During the day, he told her he wasn’t afraid of marriage, but was afraid of multiple marriages. He also said he wasn’t 100 percent sure yet that she was the one. Later that night, he did tell her he was in love with her, but again, wanted to just be with her without the proposal yet. He actually started crying at one point, realizing this could be the end; he told her that if she needed to see how serious he was, he would propose — of course, that’s not what she wanted. She wanted him to want to propose. With that, they broke up. It was probably the most emotional split we’ve seen in the history of the show; neither of them wanted to say goodbye, both were crying, and both said “I love you.”
Rachel Comes Face To Face With Peter
So, what was it like when they saw each other again? Awkward and emotional would be an understatement. He came out and admitted he was “terrified” of reuniting and was “shaking like a leaf.” However, they did get a bit of closure — she said there were other issues in their relationship other than the marriage obstacle, and he apologized for some of the intense things he said to her during their break up. One specific statement was called out — he had said that without him, she’d have a mediocre life, and he said he was truly sorry.
With that, Rachel reminded him that she in fact, was not living mediocrely. “I’m living my best life,” she told him. He also said that he tried to reach back out to her, but “the answer was no.” She was done with the back and forth. And with that, it was time to find out who she was engaged to.
Happily Ever After
“When I first stepped out of that limo, I knew I was in for the ride of my life. When we first kissed, it was literally like a chemistry bomb had just exploded,” Bryan told Rachel when he arrived for the final rose. “You are everything I could ever want in a woman, a wife, the mother of my children. I’m completely head over heels, totally, absolutely in love with you. I just hope you feel the same.”
She then admitted, “my heart is never been more confused than it has been this week.” But that was obviously just to throw him off. Of course, she chose him, and told him she was in love with him. With that, he got down on one knee, proposed, and she said yes! She couldn’t wear the ring for the last few months so he even re-proposed on the live show. So cute!
As for what’s next, they’re just focusing on bringing their lives together — wherever that may be. She also knows she wants a winter wedding, but they’re not rushing at all. Bryan added that she and his mother were getting along great — a very important factor in their lives. When Chris asked Rachel when she knew Bryan was the one, and she said it was when she defended him to her family and called him her best friend.
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