Did Desiree settle for Chris after getting dumped? HollywoodLife.com caught up with two alums of ‘The Bachelor,’ and they’re worried she just chose Chris as a rebound after getting rejected by Brooks!
Those who viewed the dramatic finale may have their own opinions about why Desiree Hartsock chose Chris Siegfried after Brooks Forester dumped her, but who would know better than past Bachelor contestants? HollywoodLife.com talked to two former contestants EXCLUSIVELY, and they’re not so sure about Desiree’s decision!
Desiree Hartsock Picked Chris Siegfried: Did She Settle Because Brooks Forester Left ‘The Bachelorette’?
In what has been referred to as the most dramatic finale in the history of The Bachelorette, it wasn’t the contestant that got dumped. Desiree’s heart was broken by the man she thought would get down on one knee at the end of her journey, but despite her devastation, she still ended up with a ring on her finger.
Fans have suggested that Desiree settled for number two when she said yes to Chris’ proposal. Some past contestants of the sister show, The Bachelor — who also happen to be devoted fans — agree with that conclusion, but also hope that’s not the case.
HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY spoke with Jaclyn Swartz and Jenna Burke, who both competed for Ben Flajnik‘s heart on season 16 of The Bachelor, at the launch of Jenna’s new lifestyle and fashion blog, The Over Analyst, at the Santuary Hotel in New York City, about their thoughts on the outcome.
Jaclyn said she hopes Desiree and Chris’ love “isn’t forced.”
I’m a little uncomfortable with the fact that she got over Brooks in one day and then accepted a proposal from Chris. I know that she said, ‘What I wanted that whole time was sitting right in front of me,’ and I hope that she’s not convincing herself of that. I just really hope she’s not settling.
Although Jenna thinks Des seems “really happy” with Chris, the way the finale played out made her skeptical of Des’ decision.
There was no leading up, it was like she was bawling one minute and then she was like, ‘I’m in love with you!’ There is some kind of confusion with that big jump from what happened with her and Brooks and what happened with her and Chris. They should’ve showed more to make all of us feel like we can sleep at night because I feel like it’s not matching up. People get caught up in the happy ending rather than what’s good for him or what’s good for her. Unfortunately, that’s the name of the game.
Des told PEOPLE that she “absolutely did not settle” for Chris, but Jenna and Jaclyn’s skepticism is certainly valid considering they were once a part of the same process!
Jaclyn Swartz & Jenna Burke: Brooks Did The Right Thing By Leaving
Fans may have been quick to judge Brooks’ decision to leave so late in the game, but Jaclyn and Jenna both experienced the stress and feelings involved with being on the show and support his decision.
“I think he is a very respectable guy for admitting that he didn’t have those feelings,” said Jaclyn. “All the pressure, you know there’s going to be tons of people watching, I’m sure he struggled with the decision for that reason. But ultimately he went with his heart, I think he did Desiree a service. If he had stayed it would have been a disservice to her.”
Jenna agreed with Jaclyn, saying she “applauded” him for not faking any emotions.
If he’s not in love, he’s not in love. Just own it. I commend him for it for stepping up his game.
Both girls said Brooks’ decision made them love him even more, but Jaclyn also said she was surprised to not see him reappear on the show.
I totally thought Brooks was going to come back and she was going to say yes!
Desiree may not have been able to control the outcome of her and Brooks, but she didn’t have to choose anyone in the end. Some fans may think she settled for Chris, but Jaclyn and Jenna hope that’s not the case — and neither do we!
Do YOU think Desiree picked Chris only because Brooks dumped her, HollywoodLifers? Do you think she settled for second best?
— Taylor Weatherby
More On The Dramatic ‘Bachelorette’ Finale:
- ‘Bachelorette’ Recap: [Spoiler] Leaves, Desiree Hartsock Is Left Heartbroken
- Chris Harrison Talks ‘Bachelorette’: Brooks Raised A Lot Of ‘Red Flags’
- ‘The Bachelorette’ Finale: Photos Of Desiree’s Heartbreaking Choice