Wow, I can't believe I'm saying this, but the season finale of The Bachelorette totally blew my mind. I laughed, I cried, and I was 100 percent completely shocked by the ending. Between all of the rumors and spoilers over the past two months, I think I speak for everyone when I say this finale was totally unexpected.
We all know that Desiree Hartsock was searching for someone to love her just as much as she loved them -- and we all cringed last week when front-runner Brooks Forester left her in tears. Des openly admitted that Brooks leaving threw everything off.
And she was right. SPOILERS AHEAD!
I did not expect Des to continue on this journey with the remaining two guys -- I thought for sure the tears she cried over Brooks was a clear sign that she was done with this whole process. That is, until she admitted that she's not broken, her soul's not broken, even though her heart may be. So she proceeded with the final dates ... but it was clear whom she lacked chemistry with.
It was incredibly awkward to watch Drew make a toast to Desiree, declaring he's madly in love with her, even though we all knew she was about to break his heart in the same way Brooks broke hers. She cut the date short, sat him down on the beach, and sent Drew home. It was an emotional, heartfelt goodbye filled with tears, but it was clearly the right thing to do.
But then there was the final date with Chris, when we got to see a completely different side of Des. She was happy, blissful, and so completely in love. The chemistry between them was electric -- it was like she had an epiphany. Now with Brooks out of the picture, she finally realized Chris was the one all along. He was the one who never gave up on her. And the best part was, he had absolutely no idea that he was the only man still standing.
There were several moments where Des cried -- but this time, they were happy tears. She was so overwhelmed by how lucky she felt to be so loved. She even expressed guilt over falling for Brooks before Chris. How could I not have loved him from the beginning?
On their final day in Antigua, Chris got down on one knee with a sparkly Neil Lane diamond and asked for Desiree's hand in marriage -- but not before she picked him back up to explain the heartache she's been feeling. She wanted to lay everything out on the table for him so there were no secrets. I thought this was going to ruin the moment, but shockingly, it made it even better. They hugged and kissed, shared a few "I love you"s. And once again, Chris got down on one knee.
Of course, Desiree accepted Chris' proposal and she cried quite a few more of those happy tears. I'm so glad Des got the happy ending she was searching so desperately for, even if it took quite a few bumps in the road to get there.
Congrats to the happy couple!
Were you completely shocked that Desiree ends up with Chris?
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