Who Won 'The Bachelorette'?
In the span of just a few days, "Bachelorette" Desiree Hartsock went from crying tears of heartbreak to crying tears of joy. In a tumultuous finale, she chose 27-year-old Chris Siegfried of Seattle. He proposed and she accepted.
After Brooks Forester left in last week's episode, Des professed, "I just want to go home." It seemed uncertain whether she'd continue on dates with the final two men, Chris and 27-year-old digital marketing analyst Drew Kenney.
Finally, she decided to go ahead, but ended up sending Drew home early during their final date. "I'd be so lucky to have you in my life, but I don't know if I see our futures together," she admitted.
A shellshocked Drew was a loss for words as Des apologized profusely. "You don't have to be sorry for not being in love with me," he said before bidding her farewell.
It seemed possible that Des might eliminate Chris early, too, after her emotional response to Brooks's exit. But she continued on their date and seemed visibly cheered by Chris's declarations of love. Then, Des chose to introduce Chris to her family, including her irrepressible brother Nate.
Her entire family, including Nate, gave their approval to Chris — though Nate did bring up the topic of Brooks. Des was still considering whether to accept Chris's proposal, but Nate's question did seem to leave her visibly shaken.
Throughout the live finale, host Chris Harrison teased the possibility of Brooks's return. But the 28-year-old marketing rep never made one last appearance to declare his love.
When the final rose ceremony came, Des declared she wanted to tell Chris everything about Brooks before he proposed. Before he had the chance to get down on one knee, Des confessed that she fell in love with Brooks, and that those feelings prevented her from seeing "that the one thing I always needed was right in front of me."
She added, "You mean the absolute world to me. I love you, I love you so much."
With that, Chris then completed his proposal. "I want to be your first and I want to be your last. Will you marry me?"
Des replied, "Yes, a thousand times!"
Fresh off her breakup with Brooks, Des has to face a rose ceremony with the two remaining guys. What's she going to do? As she tells Chris Harrison, she kind of just wants to go home, but clearly that's not happening since; there's an hour and 45 minutes left in the show.