Whether you agree with her decision or not, Rachel Lindsay chose Bryan Abasolo as the victor of her season of The Bachelorette. Thankfully, he answered that question for all of us on live TV.
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ERIC DEGGANS, BYLINE: This may have been the most diverse "Bachelorette" finale in the show's history. Bryan, the 37-year-old chiropractor from Miami. "I'm just saying, you don't understand the pressures that are going to come with all of this. the pressures that I feel about being a black woman and what that is, and how I don't even want to talk about it", she said, tearing up. "While things didn't end the way that I hoped, I have you to thank for the feelings I did have", Kraus said to Lindsay. "You've challenged me in ways I could have never imagined", Lindsay, 32, wrote. "When we first kissed it was literally like a chemistry bomb had just exploded and I just knew that first night with 100 percent certainty in my heart that we could definitely be something special". Rachel, likely because of her lawyer background, knows how to give enough, but not too much, away. And the success of their relationship must have left ABC executives popping open champagne bottles to celebrate. If the Bachelorette star has her way, that won't happen. "They seem very happy and I wish them nothing but the best". "He was second place", Eric bluntly noted.
Madison native Peter Kraus will be live on Good Morning America Wednesday. It was revealed early on that despite his declarations of love for Rachel, contestant Peter was not ready to move forward with an engagement. "I am so excited to spend forever with you". "I was hysterical watching that breakup". "[Rachel and Peter's] was a real conversation that was happening, compared to, like, a TV conversation". Peter says he doesn't fear it but does fear multiple proposals and marriages. But the show treated his hesitancy as a jarring flaw. Anyway, Bryan proposed and Rachel accepted. That's fine, given that he's got the next few weeks to determine for sure that he wants to do it. Bachelor in Paradise will start airing next week, and the trend typically is that the announce of the next Bachelor comes during that. Maybe her fourth-place finisher Dean Unglert, who is beloved by Bachelor Nation?
Eric, who admitted before joining the reality show that he had never fallen in love before, took Rachel's words without any hint of bitterness.
In the end, this season of "The Bachelorette" retained the materialism, manipulation and princess fantasy stuff that's always made the show so damaging.