The Bachelor aired a few light-hearted moments on January 28, but a bulk of this unique episode was dedicated to a very serious subject matter.
During her one-on-one date with Colton, Caelynn Miller-Keyes opened up about having been sexually assaulted in college.
It was a raw and honest and upsetting conversation, though one that certainly captured the attention of all viewers.
We admire Caelynn for telling her story in this manner.
How did Colton react? What else transpired this week? And who was sent home?
Scroll down for a recap of this special episode (and visit our section of The Bachelor spoilers if you wish to see what happens next)…
1. What Had We Seen Thus Far from Caelynn?
2. But That Feud Was Not an Issue This Week
3. "Something Really Bad Happened"
4. This is What Happened:
5. The Trauma Continued…
6. One Student Was Expelled. The Others Got Away with It.
If you've been following The Bachelor Spoilers, you know who wins Colton Underwood's heart and who flops.
But a number of fans were shocked, angry, and defensive at one contestant's words.
Did Demi Burnett insult Colton Underwood, Tia Booth, Becca Kufrin, and Aly Raisman all in the same breath?
As Colton affirmed in a very recent interview, Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman was his first real love.
Some members of the Bachelor Nation and even the Bachelor Fam took issue with Demi Burnett's words on this week's episode of The Bachelor.
Because they interpreted what she said, as you can see in the video we included, as an attack on Aly.
Are they right? Was Demi badmouthing Aly (and Tia Booth)?
Let's take a careful look at Demi's words and find out.
"I think Colton will realize he needs a girl in his life that is more bold and confident," Demi said.
"And," she continued, she believes that Colton needs a girl who "will take a bit more of a dominant role."
"I think that Colton is looking for a girl that can take charge and take control," Demi speculated.
"Even if he, like, doesn’t know that he’s looking for that," Demi admitted. "I think that that’s what he needs."
That is arguably a little presumptuous or a little sexy.
But it's not like she was telling the camera that she wants to peg him. So why were her words controversial?
The controversy arose from what she said here:
"I totally think that Colton’s past relationships, they weren’t very aggressive girls," Demi characterized.
"They weren’t very dominant girls," she claimed. "And they didn’t work out for him for a reason."
"I’m the only one who challenges Colton," Demi stated.
"And," she concluded. "I excite him and I make him nervous."
The Bachelor Nation did not like the sound of Demi's words at all.
"Um… what does Demi know about his past relationships?" one fan asked.
The tweet continued: "publicly both Becca and Aly Raisman are amazing women that challenged him."
"Aly Raisman is a strong, dominant goddess," asserted another.
Yet another fan wrote: "Demi is clearly wrong af."
"Demi can’t say that Colton has never dated anyone as bold or confident as her," noted another.
That fan continued: "When Aly Raisman helped to take down one of the biggest sexual predators this world has ever seen."
Dr. Larry Nassar was sentenced to life in prison, and Aly was one of the women who bravely came forward to testify about his monstrous sexual predation.
Tia Booth is Colton's other most famous ex.
Taking to Twitter, she clapped back at the perceived insult.
"I scared him into dating me for 3 whole days," Tia said in response to Demi's words.
"So," she continued. "Idk what’s more dominant than that."
That's either a good point or a decent joke, but we're not sure which.
We do have to say that, perhaps, Demi was saying that she is the only one of the current contestants who challenges Colton.
That is not to say that we agree with her. That is just how we interpreted her meaning.
Demi is right that some people prefer more assertive guidance from their partners.
Others very strongly do not.
Assuming what another person needs is not always the wisest move.
Even so, Demi definitely made herself a little more interesting.
Villain or misunderstood, even if she doesn't win Colton's heart, she could end up being a hit with the Bachelor Nation.
Colton Underwood's time on The Bachelor is just getting started, but already, production insiders are spilling the tea on this season's outcome.
In fact, it looks we already know which lucky ladies will make it to the final four.
Obviously, major Bachelor spoilers lie ahead, but if you haven't picked up on that already be warned:
Scrolling further will result in knowledge of who receives Colton's final roses.
There are some surprises on this year's list, but fans who have been watching the virginal former football star and his interactions closely will probably be able to predict at least two of the final four.
So without further ado, here are Colton's quarter-finalists (according to Life & Style):
This one is unlikely to shock anyone.
Hannah received the first impression rose, and she and Colton seemed to hit it off the moment they locked eyes.
If you're taken aback that blogger Hannah makes it to the final four, there's a good chance you flunked chemistry in high school.
Little bit of a surprise here, as Tayshia has already stirred up a bit of controversy this season.
She stunned some viewers when she revealed that she got divorced after just 18 months of marriage in 2017.
Many assumed that virgin Colton wouldn't go for a woman who's been down the aisle before, but apparently, he's not as judgmental as some Bachelor fans.
This one's also not much of a shocker.
Caelynn may have turned off some viewers when she wore her Miss North Carolina sash on night one.
But she was also the first to snag a kiss from Colton, so it stands to reason that she'd make it far in the competition.
And what would a final four be without a villain?
Depending on what kind of Bachelor fan you are, this is either the biggest surprise of all -- or it's utterly predictable.
Cassie has been annoying her castmates since the first night, but as longtime Bachelor viewers know, contentious types have a history outlasting their rivals.
We'll leave it up to you to decide if Cassie's staying power is the result of Colton's decisions -- or the show's producers.
So there you have it.
Your the four women who Colton will find most alluring this season.
Now your months ahead of your friends in the debate over why Cassie should have been kicked to the curb the first time she interrupted!
Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham have achieved the near-impossible.
The couple has actually gone from The Bachelor to... the altar!
Will Arie and Lauren last a lifetime? It's too early to say.
But they've already accomplished what few twosomes who got together via this franchise have accomplished before them: an actual exchanging of vows!
As documented by Us Weekly, Arie and Lauren got married this weekend in Hawaii.
“Ever since we’ve gotten together, we wanted to fast-forward to this day,” Luyendyk told this tabloid, adding:
“It’s been a year. That’s kind of crazy ‘cause I remember a year ago we were doing ‘happy couples [weekend on The Bachelor]’ and talking about getting married and wanting to do that, even last year, so it’s awesome that the day is finally here.”
He's not wrong.
It's been quite a journey for these reality stars.
Luyendyk Jr. and Burnham met while filming season 22 of The Bachelor last year.
But their courtship both ended and then started again amidst controversy.
This is because the former race car driver proposed to Becca Kufrin during the season finale.
However, he later had a change of heart, broke up with Kufrin in front of ABC cameras... and decided he wanted to be with Burnham.
After shattering Kufrin's heart into a million pieces, Luyendyk Jr. and Burnham got engaged during the live After the Final Rose special in March.
“I made some bad decisions but the best decision was running back to you,” the real estate agent said during his proposal, continung as follows:
“I truly believe are my soulmate. I’m ready to face this life with you and all that comes with it. I love you so much.
"I wanted to do this in front of everyone because I want to show you that I should have done this a long time ago.”
In November, meanwhile, the famous couple took fans by surprise when they announced they were expecting.
We've since learned they are expecting a girl.
“We are so excited,” the former ex-Bachelor told Us Weekly last fall. “It’s going to be a whole new chapter in our lives.”
Referencing his child's gender and his now-wife, Arie added:
“I’m definitely excited to see Lauren and her together, and I think it’s gonna be so adorable.
"Everything’s so new, so we’re buying parenting books...
"There’s just so much that we don’t know, and I think learning together and experiencing this together is gonna be a lot of fun.”
All eyes of Bachelor Nation will now hone in on Arie and Lauren to see if their love truly lasts.
For now, though, as mentioned previously, they've already defied the odds by tying the knot.
"To say it's been quite a year would be an understatement!" Arie recently wrote on Instagram as the calendar flippe.
"Lots of firsts and many more to come! Thank you for all of your love and we can't wait to share what is going to be the biggest year out of our lives in 2019!"
NOTE: To find out what's on tap this season on The Bachelor, visit our section of The Bachelor spoilers!
If you've been following The Bachelor Spoilers, you already know Colton Underwood's choice -- and so much more.
But even if all that you've seen is the season premiere, you got the impression that Hannah G will go far this season.
She certainly got Colton's attention. But who is she?
Back in October, we reported that Hannah Godwin made a good first impression on Colton Underwood.
That was, quite frankly, an understatement. We didn't want to spoil things too badly.
Now, it's out in the open: Hannah received Colton's coveted First Impression Rose.
It's more than just a compliment.
The men who received the same honor from Rachel Lindsay and Becca Kufrin each ended up engaged to them.
Even without that statistic, it's a great way to indicate that Hannah rose above the rest and caught Colton's attention.
But ... who is she?
Hannah has obvious good looks and bajillions of professionally shot photos of her on the internet.
However, she does not consider herself to be a "model" -- not exactly.
As she explains on her website: "I consider myself to be Hannah."
Hannah is someone "who happens to like the creative aspect of social media [and] modeling in general!"
She describes herself as a content creator, which certainly sounds accurate.
That is a label often associated with writers and vloggers, but it can certainly apply to Hannah.
Hannah is a southern gal, hailing from Birmingham, Alabama.
And she has the Country music video credits to prove it.
She has appeared in music videos by Darius Rucker, Thomas Rhett, and others.
She is also the face of the popular online retailer, Red Dress Boutique, which fans may recognize from Shark Tank.
The brand was featured on that show in 2014.
So if Hannah looked familiar to you, that's why.
With over 163,000 followers on Instagram, Hannah is no stranger to fame.
Going on The Bachelor is going to attract some new fans, to be sure, but the experience should be familiar.
Hannah is also no stranger to the Bachelor Fam.
As we reported last fall, Hannah is close friends with Danielle Maltby.
It's pretty safe to say that she was as prepared as anyone can be to compete for Colton's affections.
Some fans cannot help but wonder if Hannah is already familiar with one of her fellow contestants.
Hannah Brown -- that's right, Hannah B -- is also from Alabama.
In fact, Hannah B is Miss Alabama.
Then there's Annie, who is a recent graduate of University of Alabama.
That said, fans don't have a lot to go on, and merely being beautiful women from the same state doesn't mean that these ladies know each other.
If so, however, there could be some real drama.
Keep your eye out.
Hannah's charm and looks were enough to make a solid first impression with Colton.
But first impressions aren't everything.
She'll need to stay on her toes if she wants to be the center of Colton's world for the rest of the season -- and beyond.
Hannah is definitely one to watch, though.
Colton Underwood is a virgin. Did you know that?
ABC continued to hype this fact about its Season 23 star on the three-hour premiere episode Monday night, which featured Colton kissing two women and sending home seven more.
"I’m the first virgin Bachelor and it’s crazy to even think about that,” Underwood said early on. “I couldn’t be more hopeful and excited.”
Did his 30 suitors feel the same way, however?
How did they approach the fact that he's never slid his throbbing unit inside of any private parts?
Scroll down for everything you ever wanted to know about this lengthy season premiere -- and visit our section of The Bachelor spoilers to see who actually wins...
1. Ready to Meet the Ladies
2. They Were Ready to Swipe That V Card
3. Et Tu, Demi?
4. Okay. On to the Arrivals!
5. Yup, She's a Sloth
6. Pulled Over for Lameness
The Bachelor is still nearly two months away from its premiere, but to the surprise of no one, The Bachelor spoilers are in full swing.
We hereby invite you to come inside our spoilers page for the latest on the new season, ironically starring a man who's never come ins-
Sorry. Forget we said that. On to The Bachelor spoilers.
As those who follow the franchise know, this season's leading man, Colton Underwood, is noteworthy for more than the usual reasons.
He's a virgin. So the Fantasy Suite stakes are high.
Who will he bring, though? According to the God of Bachelor Spoilers (and among men), Reality Steve, his choices have been made.
Ready to meet Colton's final four women - the lucky ones who earned hometown dates with the former football star - and final three?
Hannah Godwin is friends with Danielle Maltby, a presence on Nick Viall's season. Hannah makes a great first impression with Colton.
She's not unattractive.
Cassie Randolph, above, is an ESL teacher from Huntington Beach, California. She is 23 years old. Also not unattractive in the least.
Tayshia Adams is 28 years old and Orange County, California. Other than that, she remains a bit of a mystery, personally and professionally.
There is no Facebook account attributed to her, and her Instagram is private, though her bio suggests she’s a woman of faith.
Tayshia has been married once, to Josh Bourelle.
Caelynn Miller-Keyes is 23 years old and the current reigning Miss North Carolina 2018. Good for her ... and obviously good for Colton.
So there you have it.
Hannah Godwin, Cassie Randolph, Tayshia Adams, and Caelynn Miller-Keyes are the last four women on this 23rd season of the show.
There are only three overnight date spots, of course, which means someone didn't make the cut. According to Steve, we know who.
Tayshia Adams, Hannah Godwin, and Cassie Randolph are moving on. Caelynn Miller-Keyes got the chop after hometowns.
From everything we've gathered so far, Cassie Randolph feels like the front-runner for Colton's final rose, but we can't confirm that.
Steve's latest intel suggests overnight dates in Portugal have concluded, and a final rose ceremony is being filmed this week in Spain.
So far, though, that's all we know.
Either Steve is playing this close to the vest or hasn't gathered enough Bachelor spoilers to drop the obligatory bombsell yet.
There is still plenty of time left.
With filming wrapping soon, Colton, Hannah, Tayshia, and Cassie should be active on the socials again soon, so watch for clues.
Also, ABC has released the first official promo for Underwood’s virginal journey for love, which kicks off Monday, January 7.
Will the controversial pick to lead the franchise find the love he's always wanted ... the love worthy of his v-card and heart alike?
All we can do is stay tuned, people.
The ongoing wildfires in California have thus far caused over 250,000 people to evacuate and led to the tragic deaths of nine people.
So the fate of the house in which The Bachelor films each season is very obviously a tiny deal by comparison.
But we're a celebrity gossip website, of course, so our focus is on pop culture and entertainment-related topics at nearly all times.
With that in mind, we're here to report that The Bachelor Mansion is reportedly on fire.
“There was no one at the house at the time it caught on fire,” a source told Us Weekly, adding:
“The part of the house that was used for the production offices has burned down … The whole back house is burned down and it traveled up to the backyard.”
This large Agoura Hills residence has served as the backdrop for ABC's 'The Bachelor and The Bachelorette since 2007.
On Friday afternoon, franchise creator Mike Fleiss and ABC reality chief Rob Mills jumped on Twitter to say that the house was in "grave danger" as the wildfires forced evacuations all across Malibu.
(We previously detailed how Kourtney and Kim Kardashian both drove far away to take cover.)
Posting a picture of a thicket of smoke rising from nearby hills earlier in the day, Fless wrote on his account:
“Pray for Malibu — and #TheBachelor Mansion."
An insider who lives directly next to the mansion told the tabloid mentioned above that while the main house “will be saved” by firefighters, a second structure is “completely destroyed.”
However, Colton Underwood's upcoming season will not look any different because shooting is already complete.
“Production is not using the house anymore," a source confirms.
"Filming finished a couple weeks ago, and they have been traveling internationally finishing Colton’s season."
The Woolsey wildfire has grown to over 14,000 acres since it started late this week, forcing evacuations of many in Hollywood and impacting filming locations across the devastated communities.
Caitlyn Jenner's home in Malibu, for instance, has also been destroyed.
"I heard the flames have hit our property at our home in Hidden Hills but now are more contained and have stopped at the moment. It doesn’t seems like it is getting worse right now," Tweeted Kim Kardashian yesterday, adding:
"I just pray the winds are in our favor. God is good. I’m just praying everyone is safe."
Wrote director Guillero del Toro:
"Evacuated last night. Bleak House and the collection may be endangered but the gift of life remains. Thousand Oaks and Agoura are still in danger. Malibu is being evacuated."
Elsewhere, Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson Tweeted that his house burned down in the blazes.
The fire also decimated Western Town at Paramount Ranch, an outdoor set where scenes from HBO’s Westworld were filmed.
We send our best wishes to all affected by this natural disaster.
A couple of previous leading men have warned that Colton Underwood will hate being the Bachelor. It’s a harder job than it seems.
But the The Bachelor Spoilers that we’re hearing about Colton’s season is painting a different picture.
It sounds like Colton is much shadier than anyone had ever imagined.
Speaking to HollywoodLife, a source says that the wide-eyed virgin Colton Underwood is a fame-hungry manipulator.
“Colton’s smart,” the insider says.
As proof, they point to his actions since he joined the Bachelor Fam.
“All his moves were well calculated,” the source claims.
“After getting eliminated on The Bachelorette,” the insider points out. “He joined Tia in Bachelor in Paradise.“
Going from one to the next is just part of the gig for a lot of stars, but it’s the timing of Colton’s moves that is raising eyebrows.
“And then,” the source narrates, Colton “broke up with her”
The insider points out that Colton did that “just in time to get his own show.”
That’s a pretty serious accusations — since Tia is a real person with real feelings.
“It’s no wonder she doesn’t feel like he’s ready [for a serious relationship],” the source concludes.
Tia is not Colton’s only ex with concerns about him. But this next piece of info is a bit of a spoiler.
Annie Reardon is one of the women competing for Colton’s heart.
She even got to meet him early, in an appearance on Ellen. That’s a promising start, right?
On October 2, Reality Steve revealed that Annie had been home for a week.
What’s more, she apparently — if we’re to take her at her word — chose to come home rather than continue competing for Colton.
Reality Steve revealed a Snapchat that appeared to show Annie dragging Colton.
“When you dump the Bachelor bc he’s weird as s–t,” her allegedcaption began.
The caption continued: “And are headed back to normal, happy life without psycho people.”
We are intensely curious to find out what transpired to send Annie running home to her seven dogs.
But Annie isn’t alone in thinking that Colton may not be the best leading man ever.
It wasn’t so long ago that Dean Unglert looks like a solid candidate to be an unusually young Bachelor.
Dean blew his goodwill in a disastrous Bachelor in Paradise love triangle.
And though he redeemed himself on The Bachelor: Winter Games, he’s no longer the apple of the Bachelor Nation’s eye.
Deanie Babies warns that Colton Underwood will be the worst Bachelor ever.
It’s not that Dean is trying to be mean.
But Colton has a history of appearing to be wildly indecisive.
Being the leading man this show is literally just making decisions. It’s hell if you can’t make choices and stick to them.
That said, if Colton is a shrewd calculator rather than being truly indecisive, maybe Dean has him pegged all wrong.
While we’re talking about Colton as a reality star, we should also talk about Colton as a boyfriend.
He may be hot, but if you read between the lines of ex-girlfriend Aly Raisman’s book, he may lack inner beauty.
Olympic champion Aly wrote a tell-all book that mentions her dating an unnamed football player.
She describes this guy having her fly out to watch him play, and then says that he was only interested in hearing people on the radio discuss him after his game.
He allegedly became irritable when she assumed that he was joking.
Without actually name-dropping him, it sounds like Aly accused Colton of being a selfish jerk.
The idea that he just wanted to hear his name on the radio really blends with the rest of this picture that is forming.
Annie was very vague in her snap, but the source that spoke to HollywoodLife was not.
It could be that Colton is self-obsessed and putting on a puppy-like facade to milk the Bachelor Nation for fame and attention.
But it’s also definitely possible that people are on their guard after Arie’s season, and a little too eager to spot a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
We may have to wait and see to find out what kind of man Colton really is.
A ‘Bachelor Vietnam’ Contestant Ran Off With a Fellow Bachelorette, and Then Dumped Her Minutes Later
I don’t watch a lot of reality TV, and I especially don’t watch a lot of foreign reality TV. I mean, unless you count Chef and My Fridge and The Great British Bake Off as reality TV. Normally, you’re not missing much, just a bunch of people with more money than brains getting STDs. But the latest episode of The Bachelor Vietnam was freaking bananas.
Here, look at what happens at the rose ceremony.
So Minh Thu was about to leave, she didn’t get a rose, and she says that she had fallen in love. But not with bachelor Nguyen Quoc Trung, Thu was in love with another contestant, a woman named Truc Nhu. And Truc Nhu had been given a rose from Quoc Trung, she was staying. But Thu confessed her love and asked her fellow contestant to leave with her.
And she did. It was super dramatic, and she and Quoc Trung obviously had a connection and had developed feelings for each other, but in the end, she gave him back his rose and left with Minh Thu. And all’s well that ends well, they lived happily ever after.
For about ten minutes. Here’s where this whole thing goes absolutely bananas. After the above clip the show posted to their YouTube channel, Nhu dumped Thu and decided to come back and accept Quoc Trung’s rose after all.
That girl is bad news, I can tell. That’s pretty fickle. I think we have to protect Minh Thu and make sure nothing bad ever happens to her, because she is a precious angel. Okay, I actually don’t know that, I don’t speak Vietnamese, so I could only watch the subtitled bits of this, and with my luck we’re going to find out that she spent the her time on the show denying the Holocaust or listening to Maroon 5 or something equally terrible. But from what I’ve seen, she’s a precious angel and we need to protect her smile.
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Amanda Stanton was arrested very early morning in Las Vegas on a battery domestic violence charge.
Her sort of sultry and likely quite intoxicated mug shot, along with details from the incident, are below...
According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the 28-year-old former Bachelor suitor and Bachelor in Paradise contestant was taken into custody around 3:15 a.m. due to an alleged altercation between her and her boyfriend, Bobby Jacobs.
Insiders tell TMZ that Stanton was drinking late into the night as part of a co-ed bachelorette party.
The gathering, which included Jacobs, ended up in a hotel room after the group had been out and about for hours beforehand.
Law enforcement tell the aforementioned celebrity gossip website that security arrived at the room at one point in response to a noise complaint.
Jacobs was reportedly talking to a guard when Stanton (who was far from sober) attempted to intervene and shoved her boyfriend in the process.
This is why the security guard called the police.
Stanton was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence and was released later on Monday.
Sources say, however, that she and Jacobs are still together and on perfectly fine terms.
They both think someone slipped something into Amanda's drink, which prompted her to act in this unusually violent manner.
Stanton has not yet commented on what transpired, but she did share photos on Instagram over the weekend from the Vegas adventure, writing at one point:
"All 3 of us have had Bachelorette parties but only one of us is actually getting married… #pregamingpavlis."
The veteran ABC personality - who appeared on season 20 of The Bachelor and seasons 3 and 4 of Bachelor in Paradise - was in Sin City for a bachelorette party with friends, including fellow Bachelor contestant Lauren Bushnell.
The mother of two actually agreed to marry Josh Murray at one point, only for that romance to end in December of 2016.
She also briefly dated Bachelor in Paradise Season 4 star Robby Hayes, and was mentioned on the program just last night after Hayes made a surprise appearance on Season 5.
Almost immediately, a male contestant warned the women on the island that Hayes had supposedly cheated in Stanton, an allegation he has denied.
As an actress, Stanton has appeared in The Cheetah Girls 2 and Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh.
As a love interest of Jacobs, she started dating her current beau after he slid into her direct messages, saying the following to Us Weekly two months ago:
"We don’t really have a great story.
"I wish we had a more exciting story. We were saying that we should just say we met at the dog park or something...
"I guess it’s pretty normal these days. It just is funny to say."
Right after Labor Day, Colton Underwood was confirmed as the next Bachelor.
Some fans are very excited, but other members of the Bachelor Nation are still a little wary of him.
According to what his ex, famed Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, wrote in her book, this next season of The Bachelor could be worse than Arie's. ...
While Aly Raisman did not call out Colton by name in her book, Fierce, Radar Online reports that she describes an unhappy encounter with a man who could only be the next Bachelor.
"A professional athlete I’d been talking to for a while had invited me to visit him and watch one of his games," Aly wrote.
Aly said that she had taken him up on his invitation despite the travel distance because "I figured I could use a distraction."
"Saturday went well," she shared, speaking of the day before the game. "The guy was attentive and fun, and we seemed to be having a good time."
Aly reveals: "But when I met him Sunday after his game, he had turned into a completely different person."
"We were in his car when I made a move to change the radio station," she says.
This, apparently, is when things really went south.
"‘Don’t touch the music,’ he snapped," Aly reports.
"I thought he was joking," Aly explains. "So I continued to reach for the stereo buttons."
"‘I’m not kidding — don’t touch it,’ he said sharply," she narrates.
According to her, this handsome gentleman had some very ugly reasoning for insisting that he control the radio.
She reports that he told her: "‘I just played a game, and you just sat and watched. You haven’t done anything today.'"
"'So we’ re going to listen to this sports radio station,'" she says that he said. "'I want to hear what they say about me.’"
"I sat silently for the rest of the car ride," Aly reveals. "I couldn’t wait to get out."
We can imagine.
"I felt embarrassed," after the incident, Aly admits.
"But," she adds, she felt "also angry that I had traveled to see someone who treated me so disrespectfully."
No one has the right to speak to anyone in the way that she describes. Apparently, the rest of the day didn't really improve upon her experience.
"He was glued to his phone and ignored me as we sat and ate dinner," she reveals.
Phone use is a normal part of life, but if someone flies out to see you for a weekend, maybe be less of a jerk.
"When I left for the airport," Aly shared. "He hardly said good-bye."
Speaking of this man -- whom many believe to have been Colton -- reminds us of Raven Gates' words of warning.
"I just don’t think his intentions are good,” Raven told Tia Booth on Bachelor in Paradise.
“First of all, Colton’s past dating history has been the It Girl," Raven reasoned. "You’re the It Girl from your season, and he reached out to you."
"And then he went on Becca’s season, and now he’s back with you," Raven pointed out. "All of his actions have said something different…"
Raven implored Tia: "You have to really see the true person that Colton is."
That's a fair point. People might have a hard time seeing past Colton Underwood's virginity and his smile and his general handsomeness.
Just because a guy's clearly not just out to get in your pants doesn't mean that he doesn't have an agenda.
If Raven is right, then Colton just gravitates towards the most popular girl around and uses her like an accessory to promote himself.
If Aly was really talking about Colton in her book, then it sounds like he has some major entitlement issues and can be a selfish jerk sometimes.
Besides, if the Bachelor Nation is right about Colton not really being a virgin, then he might also be a huge liar.
What are we getting ourselves into with this next season?
The new Bachelor is a virgin and nope. Not buying it.
Colton Underwood has been tapped as the next Bachelor for ABC. He’s a former NFL player who dated Aly Raisman before appearing on The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise
This dude has done way too many reality shows, not to mention his football career, to still be a virgin. It’s like a prerequisite that you must have had sex at least once before each reality show appearance.
Underwood previously dated Bachelor contestant Tia Booth. The two are currently on Bachelor in Paradise and things seem to be going well. Here’s a photo Underwood posted of the two following Monday’s episode.
Thank you for teaching me even more about myself, and most importantly, for your friendship that I know will continue far beyond Paradise. Don’t settle for anything less than the world, because that’s what you deserve. Can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you and catch up on life some day, preferably over a hot dog dinner.
The Bachelor is in like its 30th season, not including Bachelorette, and there have been roughly two success stories. Even that might be a stretch.
But I’m sure the guy who has never had sex will find wedded bliss on a reality show filled with women who just want to be on television.
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The Bachelor and The Bachelorette do not lack for gorgeous women, and they do not lack for confidence when it comes to their looks.
Don't believe us?
Take a look at some of their most tantalizing, beauitful swimwear photos.
You're welcome, basically.
1. JoJo Fletcher in Black and White
2. Desiree in a Bikini
3. The (Michelle) Money Shot
4. Kaitlyn Bristowe in a Pink Bikini
5. That's So Raven (Gates)
6. Rachel Lindsay in a Black Top
The Bachelor Winter Games is more than just a way to pass the time between Bachelor episodes and reading each of The Bachelor Spoilers that leaks.
It's also a wild ride. This episode saw a very memorable Ghost homage on a surprisingly successful date. There was also an epic kissing contest with high stakes.
But Ben Higgins realized that he was in the wrong place. After talking it over and crying over Lauren Bushnell, he decided that it was time to leave.
For starters, it turns out that Dean and Lesley aren't just both beautiful — they're both pretty good with a pair of skis, blowing everyone away as they raced down the slopes.
Josiah couldn't help shading Dean Unglert at little — referring to Dean having "so many women at his disposal."
It sounds like a compliment or perhaps even a neutral description, but it's to remind everyone of Dean's disastrous love triangle in Paradise.
And Clare is much harsher about it.
(Oh, Deanie Babies, the Bachelor Nation is still so disappointed in you)
However, Dean and Lesley won two date cards and after a lot of soul-searching, decided to hand off one of them to Kevin and Ashley. Which is how we got this:
That's right, folks.
Kevin Wendt and Ashley Iaconetti did a full-on Ghost reenactment.
You'd think that a date that includes Ashley confessing that she's a virgin would be spent awkwardly, but Kevin was totally understanding.
(He is, after all, Canadian — politeness is kind of their brand)
That didn't stop either of them from enjoying their spin pottery date. And Ashley said that she could really see herself falling for Kevin.
A lot of folks are rooting for these two.
After Tiffany realizes that it was time to say goodbye, Ben Higgins started questioning whether The Bachelor Winter Games was really best for him at the moment.
This resulted in the tearful heart-to-heart that he had with Chris Harrison, which you can see in the video below.
"Coming back to a place like this really brings up a lot of weird memories."
He says that he's haunted by the "ghosts" of his past, which means that this would have made a great Halloween episode. Alas.
"And then, to try to engage in relationships here, and know that the last time that I did this was one of the best moments of my life. …"
Sometimes, you don't know that you're in the wrong place until you're there.
"But, right here, right now, it just doesn't feel right."
"My fear is not entering into a relationship, my fear is not pursuing somebody."
But he does know what his real fear is:
"My fear is that if I [were] to be broken again, I'm not full enough right now to recover from that."
We can totally understand that. You need to feel secure in yourself, emotionally. Some wounds stay raw for longer than you would think.
And perhaps being on The Bachelor Winter Games has exacerbated that.
And then he talks about what sounds like being deeply impacted by comments and fan speculation — and not only that which was hurtful or intentionally hurtful.
By leaving, Ben Higgins (and Michael and Yuki) missed out on the kissing contest, which was judged by Rachel Lindsay, JoJo Fletcher, and Arie Luyendyk Jr.
Which means that Dean, Luke, Josiah, and Bibiana were engaging in a makeout contest … in front of their exes.
Awkward beyond reason.
The best kissing was definitely Ashley and Kevin — they got a standing ovation.
The worst? Josiah and Ally. Ally threw up right beforehand, and that's just not a recipe to a good kiss.
Take a look at Ben's tearful conversation and decide for yourself if he was right to leave:
We guess that Nick Viall won't be giving Corinne Olympios that second chance after all.
As bizarre of a match as this is, Nick Viall is dating ... January Jones. It's Bachelor villain meets X-Men villain.
And it looks like things got started not too long after Nick and Vanessa Grimaldi parted ways. Whoops.
Getting a date with your celebrity crush isn't easy. Usually, anyway.
It helps if you're also a celebrity. Specifically, if you're a famously gorgeous celebrity actress who happens to gush about her own celeb crush while on television.
Speaking to James Corden, January Jones revealed that she is a Bachelor superfan, saying:
"You don’t know if you like him or if he’s a scumbag, but that’s why I’m attracted to him, maybe"
Most people might not be turned on by being called a scumbag, even if they're called attractive in the same breath.
Nick Viall is clearly not most people.
(It probably doesn't hurt that January Jones is almost absurdly gorgeous on top of being a talented actress with roles on Mad Men and in X-Men First Class)
According to Page Six, that's how Nick Viall and January Jones met. Well, it's how they ended up going out for drinks.
Their source claims:
"They’ve been dating for about two months."
And it started with her confession to James Corden.
"She went on ‘The Late Show’ in mid-November and said Nick had reached out to her and tried to get her to lip-sync battle with him."
That would have been interesting to see. Emphasis on would have.
"She declined, but then he asked her out to a drink and she accepted. They’ve been seeing each other since."
Of course, if Nick Viall was already trying to do a lipsync battle with her, perhaps there was already some mutual attraction.
But let's take a look at this timeline.
Back in August, Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi broke up.
If you're still shocked when Bachelor couples break up ... we don't know what to tell you. Most of them do.
It's almost like reality television's cameras don't prompt people to be their most authentic, honest selves! (Who knew?!)
Also, their split after 5 months was, by our count, Nick Viall's fourth failure to find love through the Bachelor franchise. Yikes.
We can, at least, guess with reasonable confidence that pining after January Jones isn't what ended things for Nick and Vanessa Grimaldi. It sounds like this new relationship started a couple of months later.
Maybe this romance with January Jones is exactly what he needs to actually have a successful romance?
Or maybe the Bachelor cameras weren't the only problem, and Nick Viall was the common factor that ended things again and again.
We hope not.
Not for the notorious Bachelor villain's sake, but for the sake of January Jones.
She maybe wasn't my first choice to play Emma Frost, but she's great and she doesn't deserve heartbreak.
And let's not forget that January Jones has a young son, folks. Dating gets more complicated when someone involved has kids.
If you already follow The Bachelor Spoilers, you have a pretty good idea of how this season ends.
But you have something else to look forward to, starting the night before Valentine's Day. It's something new.
It's called The Bachelor: Winter Games, and now we finally know the cast. And there's a huge surprise!
The Bachelor is about a man trying to choose one woman among many to be the love of his life ... for a few months, usually.
The Bachelorette has the same premise, but with a woman choosing between male suitors.
And then there's Bachelor in Paradise. On that messy, messy spin-off, faves (and villains) from the two leading shows meet, mingle, and hook up for everyone's entertainment.
Premiering on February 13th, The Bachelor: Winter Games is going to work along similar lines, in that the people you see will be familiar faces from the Bachelor Nation.
Or should we say ... the Bachelor Nations.
As ABC explains:
"Throughout the run of The Bachelor Winter Games, fans can expect twists and turns on and off the ski mountain, as well as romance, heartbreak, love and, of course, roses."
Contestants will come from Bachelor spin-offs from all over the world. Because yes, the franchise is that big.
"The bachelors and bachelorettes will participate in challenges from winter biathlon to ice dancing, with date cards being given to the winners of each challenge."
Hopefully, things won't be too athletically strenuous. They're all beautiful, but most have desk jobs.
"Romantic dates will test the bachelors' and bachelorettes' perseverance in pursuing relationships with one another while faced with language barriers and cultural differences, including some amusing issues with intimacy."
So, in case you were worried that there wouldn't be any romantic drama ... you can stop worrying.
Let's take a look at which familiar names and faces will be representing Team USA!
Other contestants will be playing for Australia, Canada, Finland, Japan, Switzerland and Germany (one team), the UK, New Zealand, and China.
Incidentally, when we told you about this series event months ago, we mentioned that Peter Kraus would be making his Bachelor come-back on this spin-off.
It's strange to not see his name on this list.
Don't get us wrong -- we're excited for other things, from absolute legend Nancy Kerrigan's promised appearance (as a guest) to what we hope will be Dean Unglert's redemption arc.
But it's not just that people in general would like to see Peter Kraus on the show. We heard months ago that this was his next thing. So ... what happened?
Maybe this twist is just because of a falling out between Peter Kraus and producers. We sure hope not, but it's possible.
It may be, however, that he will be on the list ... but was for some reason momentarily excluded. Perhaps because he was already known? That doesn't make sense, but we're spitballing, here.
It is also possible that Peter Kraus has something else lined up on this franchise. Perhaps something a little more exciting ... like, say, if he's already lined up to be The Bachelor in 2019.
Finally, it's possible that he just had an injury or something else that prevented him from taking part. Which would be tragic on multiple levels.
ABC is expected to release two more names for the cast list (at least). Perhaps Peter's will be one of them.
We're not sure, but we'll be sure to let you know when we know more.
For better or for worse, Arie Luyendyk Jr. is the leading man on this upcoming season of The Bachelor, and there are some people who are very unhappy about this upcoming season.
And there's more to that frustration than wishing that someone else were starring on the show.
Is Arie Luyendyk Jr. too old? Is the cast of contestants too young? Are they all (or most of them) too white?
Before you say it, this isn't just about why Peter Kraus isn't the Bachelor.
Peter's a fan favorite and, unlike precious puppy Dean Unglert, didn't soil his reputation on Bachelor in Paradise.
Peter was an easy pick to win.
But, you know, fans think they know who'll win The Bachelor based upon names and math, so ... sometimes a fan theory is really just a guess.
(Hint: if you follow The Bachelor Spoilers, you have a pretty good idea of how all of this is going to end)
But showrunners felt that Peter wasn't up for it, or maybe they just wanted to surprise fans by defying their expectations. And picking Arie certainly does that.
That said, the concerns that fans have over this upcoming season (The Bachelor will be upon us so soon, you guys!) are a little less personal and a lot more important.
First of all, we have to talk about race.
Rachel Lindsay's season of The Bachelorette was historic, and not just because Rachel was the franchise's first black female lead.
Though that, in and of itself, was a huge deal -- and many are disappointed that The Bachelor did not follow in its sister series' footsteps.
Eric Bigger isn't quite Peter Kraus ...
(Even Rachel Lindsay knows that, even though she's thrown Peter under the bus at every opportunity since her season ended)
... But some fans feel that he would have made a stronger, handsomer Bachelor.
(Especially with that revenge beard!)
And, quite frankly, even with Arie at the helm of the show, they could have made the contestants a little more racially diverse.
Rachel Lindsay's season of The Bachelorette was historically diverse.
Yes, she is black, and that was an amazing and embarrassingly long overdue bit of the bare minimum amount of inclusion for the franchise.
But if you look at her suitors, you notice that they were a much more diverse crowd than we're used to seeing -- on The Bachelorette or The Bachelor.
Nearly half of Rachel Lindsay's suitors were men of color.
Then we look at the women competing for Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s "rose" (or "heart" or whichever euphemism you prefer), and see that the series has taken a step backwards.
Finally, we need to talk about age.
Nobody likes this topic, because time is cruel and unfeeling and robs us of all capacity for pride or joy with time, but we need to address it.
Arie Luyendyk Jr. is 36.
His absolute oldest contestant this season is 33. A 3-year age difference barely matters in college and is a blink of an eye when both people are in their thirties.
Most of the women are in their mid-to-late 20s.
There are a couple of women who are 23. And scuttlebutt is that Rebekah, whose age was conspicuously absent from early reports, may be as young as 22.
Of course, people have whined about recent Bachelors being "too young," allegedly wanting to increase their social media visibility instead of genuinely looking for love.
(As if anyone believes that Arie's here for love)
All of these criticisms make sense. Diversity matters. Reasonable age ranges matter.
But we have to wonder if The Bachelor is preparing to pivot.
Perhaps their next leading man will be a 26-year-old man of color, and Arie is just the dull build-up to a groundbreaking 2019 season.
In the mean time, take a look at Arie's prospective mates, and decide for yourself if, beautiful though they all are as individuals, the make-up of the overall cast leans a little too young and white.
The news may not have fully sunk in yet for many fans of The Bachelor, but ABC is wasting no time in hammering home its stunning decision:
Arie Luyendyk Jr. really is the next star of this franchise.
Yes, Arie Luyendyk Jr,; Not Peter Kraus or any of the supposed contenders heading into next season.
Arie Luyendyk Jr. was the runner-up on the 2012 season of The Bachelorette and... well... hasn't been heard from very much since then.
But ABC decided to shock viewers by announcing Arie as the next Bachelor, and now it's gone ahead and released the first promo for his new season.
In the trailer below, we get an actual glimpse at Luyendyk in this role, along with a few quality racecar puns.
(Did we mention Arie is a racecar driver?)
"Hearts will race," the teaser states, including with it footage of Arie from Emily's season in 2012 and shots of him from the unexpected reveal on Good Morning America.
"I was a little skeptical because we'd been in talks for a few years about doing it, so I just kind of went into it with an open heart, an open mind," he said on GMA. "It just hit me that yeah, I'm here."
Arie was supposedly under consideration in the past, losing out once to Sean Lowe and once to Chris Soules.
Known as The Kissing Bandit because he's very good at the game of tonsil hockey, there is a bit of controversy already surrounding Luyendyk.
There's also a lot of mixed reaction to his selection, as you can see here:
"We chose Arie because he's great," says Chris Harrison, adding:
"I love Arie, I'm a little biased because he's a friend of mine and I've known him for several years, so I'm actually really excited he's the Bachelor.
"I think he's a very sincere good gentleman and I think he'll be a good one."
The new season of The Bachelor kicks off in January.
Check out the first preview now:
(UPDATE: You can watch the video here.)
Upon announcing Rachel Lindsay as The Bachelorette, ABC made history by naming the first-ever African-American Bachelorette.
Now, upon confirming Arie Luyendyk Jr. will be the next Bachelor, the network has once again made history...
... by naming the first ever unheard of Bachelor!
Luyendyk is a 35-year-old race car driver who appeared on the eighth season of The Bachelorette, finishing second way back in 2012... and he hasn't really been in the mainstream celebrity gossip news for years.
Hence, the following reactions on Twitter to his selection:
1. We'd Love to See Zach Braff as The Bachelor
3. This is the Same Person?
4. A Picture Says 1,000 Words?
5. I'm Sorry?
6. Once Again:
In heartbreaking news, Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi split.
Oh, you don’t know who those people are? They got engaged on season 21 of The Bachelor, a show that still exists even though only two couples in 21 seasons are still together.
The divorce rate in America is 50 percent. The divorce rate on The Bachelor is over 90 percent. Please tell me why these people go on this show to find love when statistics say that they’re 40 percent more likely to end up divorced or broken up once the show is over. I’ll wait.
Anyway, these two released a joint statement that you can read if you care.
“It’s with a great amount of heartbreak for the both us as we have decided to end our engagement…We gave this relationship our all and we are saddened that we did not get the fairy-tale ending we hoped for. We will continue to be there for each other no matter what. This hasn’t been an easy decision, however, as we part ways, we do so with lots of love and admiration for each other.”
If you want a fairy-tale ending, don’t go on a reality show to find love. It’s a pretty simple concept.
This relationship was doomed from the start because Grimaldi quit her job as a special education teacher in Montreal to move to California to be with Viall who…was competing on Dancing With the Stars. Don’t leave your normal life in Canada, a much better place than America right now, to be with a guy who has been on five, yes five, reality shows. Kids who need to be adopted in Ethiopia are less starved than this guy.
Tune into season 22 of The Bachelor when two more people swear they are in love after a month where the guy dates 20 other women only to find out that, “nah,” when the cameras are turned off
No matter what Chris Harrison tries to tell you every year, The Bachelor is terrible at making actual love connections.
But that doesn't mean the women who have appeared on either The Bachelorette or The Bachelor haven't eventually made a different kind of connection: that of egg and sperm.
The following stars and contestants have all welcomed bundles of joy into their lives since becoming part of our lives on the small screen.
1. Jason Mesnick
2. Desiree Hartsock Siegfried
3. Trista Sutter
4. Renee Oteri
5. Ashley Rosenbaum
6. Melissa Rycroft
Peter Kraus may have hearts on The Bachelorette -- of fans and of Rachel Lindsay. He didn't get the girl in the end, but he got a lot of fans.
The question remains, though: will the 31-year-old Wisconsin native be the next Bachelor?
Peter Kraus got asked exactly that question, today, and we have a video of that interview:
We've talked about this before, but it merits repeating:
He has the looks.
He has the charm.
He has the lovable personality.
He has the fans who are interested in seeing him again.
He has the deeply romantic idea behind what an engagement means coupled with the willingness to let his quest for love play out on television.
And ... did we mention that he has the looks?
We did mention that.
We're not the only ones who think that Peter Kraus would be perfect for The Bachelor, though.
On top of a huge portion fo Bachelor Nation who wanted him to end up with Rachel ...
(The ones who weren't following The Bachelorette Spoilers were crushed with disappointment at what the rest of us already knew)
... Peter Kraus even won the endorsement of his buddy and competitor Dean Unglert.
Because even before it was revealed that Rachel chose Bryan Abasolo, Dean Unglert was already saying that Peter Kraus would make a great Bachelor.
Obviously, they're friends and Dean wants his buddy to find love and success.
But it's worth noting that Dean Unglert is also a fan favorite to star on The Bachelor, so that's a statement against his own interests.
Very directly, on Good Morning America today, Peter Kraus got asked whether he'd say yes if he's offered that coveted spot on The Bachelor
His interviewer started by reminding him that, in high school when The Bachelor first began airing, he expressed a desire to occupy that spot on the show.
As in, he put it on his senior yearbook page.
"At the time I had not have a serious girlfriend -- I don't even think I'd kissed a girl at that point."
That's a little hard to believe, but sometimes even beautiful people can be awkward as teenagers.
Plus, Peter looks better now than he did as a teen. There are a lot of late bloomers in the world.
"The Bachelor had just started airing; this man was, like, the epitome of what every guy wanted to be: successful, intelligent, hard-working, he was known by all and desired by the girls. And I wanted the girls."
That ... definitely sounds like a high school boy. Yep.
Then, and only then, is he asked whether or not, if asked, he'd become the next Bachelor.
"I'd have to think a lot about it."
You almost can't hear Peter's reply over the chorus of voices in the background yelling "yes!"
As if they could answer for him.
Peter may be undecided, but it seems like just about everyone is in favor of him starring on The Bachelor.
Except, of course, for Rachel Lindsay, who apparently doesn't want him to find love or something.
As previously reported, Vanessa Grimaldi is very excited to marry Nick Viall.
She doesn't really care what critics have said about her relationship with the Season 21 Bachelor.
But Grimaldi, who overcame the challenge of runner-up Raven Gates on Monday night's finale, is even more excited about something else related to her burgeoning romance:
The giant rock on her finger!
“When I first saw the ring I thought ‘it’s massive’” the 29-year-old told People Magazine, adding:
“I think the thing I was trying to process was that Nick was on one knee. I had seen the ring but I’m like, ‘I can’t believe Nick is actually on one knee proposing.’"
Because we've been privy to very accurate The Bachelor spoilers all season long.
But Internet access is limited in The Bachelor mansion, so we understand why Vanessa may not have been reading along throughout her run on the show.
Anyway... Viall popped his all-important question to Grimaldi with a 3.75-carat diamond, one provided to him free of charge by jeweler Neil Lane.
It features a brilliant-cut round-shaped center stone that is set in a platinum band and accented with diamond baguettes, along with 164 smaller diamonds.
According to E! News, it is valued at $100,000.
“I was going for a classical look with the round diamond but also something modern and fashionable, which the baguette-cut diamonds evokes,” Lane told People.
The celebrity designer, who has had a working relationship with ABC for years, added:
“It’s a very romantic, sparkly ring and Nick also liked the unusual detail and the fact that it was both classical and fashion-forward."
Lane said he envisioned Grimaldi's face while coming up with the ring.
And he clearly has one very happy customer.
“It’s very big, just like my personality,” Vanessa joked to People. “I didn’t know what kind of ring I wanted either way, so I was going to be happy with a proposal either way.”
Here is a close-up of the ring in question:
"It's a traditional ring with an old-fashioned feel. It's got an old-soul–it's classic and elegant," an insider told E! of the rock, saying of Nick:
"He chose it because that's what he thinks of her."
In selecting Vanessa over Raven, Viall disappointed a number of viewers.
But he appeared to be pretty sincere when addressing Vanessa toward the end of the finale, right before proposing to his now-fiance.
"So much about me being here has to do with the past, but when I look at you, all I see is my future," he told her.
In return, she promised "to remind you every day how happy you make me, and knowing how much you love to talk, I promise I’m ready to do a lot of listening."
From there, Nick asked for Vanessa hand in marriage.
And she said yes.
When might the wedding take place?
The couple admits to having no idea. It's far too early and they are first emerging from their reality TV show bubble.
"There’s no reason of speeding up the process,” Grimaldi told People. “We’re still in the process of getting to know each other outside Bachelor world. We’re still in the process of getting to know ourselves too.
"We’ haven’t planned a date yet.”
“I don’t think you have to pretend what this world isn’t and what it is.
"We’re okay with saying we still have a lot to learn about each other and that’s okay. We’re excited about doing that! I think we want to focus on doing that than anything else and keep moving our relationship forward.”
Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimadli are tuning out critics after a widely panned debut as a couple on The Bachelor: After the Final Rose special.
As The Bachelor spoilers predicted, Nick proposed, she said yes ... and predictions of their imminent demise also didn't look far off.
Suffice it to say, alumni of Bachelor Nation and fans alike were far from confident in Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi's future Monday.
Past stars from Sean Lowe and Catherine Guidici to J.P. Rosenbaum and Trista Sutter all took to social media to voice their skepticism.
Typically you'd see a united front, with the alumni rallying around the couple, but Viall and Grimaldi’s interaction was just that awkward.
Yet despite the negative commentary from critics doubting their love for one another, the couple are focusing on the positive together.
“You can never make people happy. At the end of the day, we are focusing on our relationship,” said Grimaldi, a special ed teacher.
“It’s so easy to focus on the negative, which sometimes I do, and Nick tries to get me out of it. But it's the world that we’re living in.”
The duo admitted that it's been a struggle up to this point, and that they are ready to live life together without ABC TV cameras rolling.
“I was excited for it to end, but now I am sad,” Grimaldi said.
“I mean, I’m excited for us to start our real life together.”
(NOTE: Why is she sad about it then? This is confusing.)
“She’s very much looking forward for this to be over,” Viall added, admitting, “It was very difficult for us as a couple at the end.”
While the pair are engaged, they recognize that they “have a long way to go” and “are getting to know each other” these days.
“I don’t think any relationship is perfect,” said Vanessa.
Definitely not, but most Bachelor and Bachelorette couples come out of the finale looking a bit more optimistic than these two lovebirds.
“I hope we came across as in love and passionate tonight," Nick said, responding to the widespread sentiment that they looked miserable.
"The reality is - we joke about it, but it’s true - we don’t know what it’s like to go to the movies together, to spend time together in the real world."
"Our relationship has been based off of stressful situations."
Vanessa, for her part, seconded that notion and said that “I feel like it’s been on standstill for a little bit ... I’m ready to move forward.”
How far forward will they move, though?
Think it'll last? Vote in our poll below:
Nick Viall's final rose was on the line and the man tears were a-flowin' Monday as The Bachelor season finale arrived at last on ABC.
Weeks of rumors, tears, heartbreak and The Bachelor spoilers led us to this moment, but would Nick's fourth time truly be the charm?
All was revealed and all gossip put to rest at last.
Despite a season unlike any other in many respects, the finale followed a familiar pattern, with two hours building up to an epic conclusion.
For Raven Gates and Vanessa Grimaldi, Nick's only remaining aspiring wives, hopes and emotions ran high as the final dates approached.
You cannot blame them, considering the stakes.
Either could make the case to the leading man (or the fans) that they should be who Nick Viall picks, but there can be only one ring.
One Neil Lane ring, if you will, to rule them all. At least for the next 3-6 months until they break up and she returns it. Kidding! (Maybe!)
Anyway ... would it be a conventional season finale this year, or would there be a twist at the end that defied all predictions and conventions?
Fans have been promised a franchise "first," and the producers, editors and writers are good at pushing our buttons like it's their jobs.
Hmm. Which it is, now that we think about it.
And for good reason. These people are pros at what they do. But will this literally unprecedented "first" be, and will it be truly noteworthy?
All we can do in the end is sit and watch.
Who did Nick decide on? And would there be a live, unpredictable ending to his journey for love on the After the Final Rose special?
Well, let's get right into it and find out!
After dates with both women, meetings with family, and plenty of tears, fears and everything in between, Nick sucked it up and proposed to ...
The Bachelor spoilers straight up nailed it. No switcheroo a la Jason Mesnick. No double rejection flake-out a la Brad Womack 1.0.
Raven Gates was left out in the cold, literally, despite Nick letting her reach the final rose ceremony in Finland before giving her the boot.
Brutal. Don't get us wrong. Dude has been through a lot and looked genuinely torn at times, and clearly didn't relish cutting her loose.
Still. Dragging it out like that for effect?
We can debate whether that was bad form or not until we're blue in the face, but if you were #TeamVanessa, you had to love the outcome.
She and Nick had a strong connection from the start, and despite Raven, Rachel and Corinne Olympios' best efforts, she was his pick.
Think she was the right choice? Will Nick and Vanessa last?! Will everyone involved in this experience look back on it fondly?
As for the After the Final Rose special shocker ...
We were led to believe - or at least it was implied - throughout the final week of the season that the "historic" event had to do with Nick.
He's the star, after all, and he just got engaged. How could it not have to do with Nick and Vanessa? Well, slow your roll there, people.
Remember, Rachel Lindsay was announced as The Bachelorette before hometown dates, so the producers are mixing things up lately.
Our guess is it as to do with her. Stay tuned.
It finally happened. We finally saw the elimination of Corinne who expressed sadness, then anger and then went to sleep. I don’t know what else I was expecting. Contrition? Naaaah.
This week Nick chose Raven to go to the fantasy suite in Finland. And this is where Raven put her ex on blast and said he never gave her an orgasm. I’m guessing she was expecting Nick to give her one. Well, Raven, prepare for some disappointment. Aww, yea!
There’s only 3 girls left so these power rankings are pretty useless at this point. Add to the fact that we already know Rachel is the next bachelor and it’s basically 2 girls left. I’m still going with Vanessa even though Raven seems to be the girl to beat. Always go for the underdog.
1. Vanessa (French-Canadian-Italian) +0
This was Raven’s episode so not much about her.
2. Raven (Midwest girl) +0
She told Nick she loved him. After a month. The only thing I’ve ever told I loved was a Hershey’s chocolate bar and even then it took more than 6 months. These people are insane.
3. Rachel (Attorney) +1
We know she’s getting eliminated already. Why is it taking so long?
While The Bachelor spoilers have hinted at the outcome of the hometown dates for weeks, we never factored in the return of Nick's ex.
His first Bachelor ex, from 2014.
On The Bachelor Season 21 Episode 9, Nick Viall finds none other than Andi Dorfman, former The Bachelorette star, at his hotel door.
What surprises lie in store?
Not surprisingly ... AD just wanted to talk about Nick's life choices before he went to the Fantasy Suite with any of the remaining girls.
For reals. That was it.
After Nick reminds her that the last time she knocked on his hotel room door, it was to dump him, Nick talks to Andi about this season.
He's not planning on getting engaged to The Bachelor winner just because he’s The Bachelor, he says, not that we believe him whatsoever.
As for Viall's Fantasy Suite prospects, the fact that Andi made love to Nick in such a setting is not lost on her - nor is it a regret.
Awkward as it is, as long as he can still see himself genuinely getting engaged to any of the women left, Andi says he should go for it.
Talk about a supportive ex.
Nick's issue, of course, is narrowing it down. Not even among the Fantasy Suite invitees, but the four women whose families he met.
That's right, he still hasn't eliminated a hometown date winner and he has no idea who he will send home. But he must make a choice.
At the rose ceremony, he shocks a lot of fans by giving Rachel Lindsay a rose, given that she's already been named as The Bachelorette.
For whatever reason, the announcement of Rachel Lindsay as The Bachelorette led to the assumption that she was the next to go.
Not the case, as we told you.
Instead, it's Corinne Olympios who gets the boot, her fake tears and platinum vagine sent riding off into the limo/sunset/mall ... whatever.
Corinne is no longer in it, nor will she win it, but she promises us that, with God is her witness, she will never kiss up to a man again.
Phew. That's finally over.
For the aforementioned, highly sexualized Fantasy Suites, producers threw a little cold water on Nick by sending the hornball to Finland.
He says he couldn't imagine a more magical place to fall in love than Lapland, above the Arctic Circle. We're guessing a beach works.
Anyway, lest you thought we were done with bombshells for the week, first up is Raven Gates' secret that we told you about yesterday.
Oh, this one is doozy ... sort of.
Raven is kicking herself for not telling Nick she loved him in Arkansas, though mud wrestling him half naked did get the point across.
Gates has never told anyone she loved them - not even her ex-boyfriend of the previous two years - nor has she ever had an orgasm.
Not once. She said this.
What's remarkable about this is that Gates shared it on national TV, not that it's true, but hey, it says more about Raven's ex, arewerite?
In any case, Raven accepts the invitation to the Fantasy Suite, where she meets up with Nick and his uncomfortable looking turtleneck.
Will he be THE ONE to take her to the Oh-Zone for the first time in her young life on this hot night in Finland? Viewers can only hope.
And wait until next week.
Week 8 started off where last week left off. With the four women talking about the surprise elimination of Danielle.
In no time at all, Nick came in and said no eliminations and that he was going to everyone’s hometown. Hooray?
1. Vanessa (French-Canadian-Italian) +1
Her gigantic family started making her question her relationship with Nick. Gosh. You think competing with four girls for an engagement ring would be a red flag or something.
2. Raven (Midwest girl) +1
So these two basically dry humped in a filthy swamp. I think it was supposed to be romantic or whatever but, really, all I could think of is that scene from Stand By Me where they get leeches on their dicks.
3. Corinne (Runs a multi-million dollar company with her nanny) -2
Corinne took Nick to Miami and showed her what she does every day. Shop. Girl dropped $3.5k like she was buying Dippin’ Dots at the fair. Nick got Pretty Woman’d.
Later there was an awkward conversation with her parents. So, yea. She’s materialistic and she’s about to get dropped.
4. Rachel (Attorney) +2
Hey, did you know she’s black?!
Some spoilers ahead if you care. Based on Bachelor news, we already know one person who ISN’T making it. Rachel. Sorry, but she was already last in rankings anyway. If you haven’t heard, Rachel is going to be the first black Bachelor or Bachelorette or whatever.
As far as this episode goes, Nick was a little bitch. How many times does he cry every episode? Because if this keeps going on, I’m just going to mute it. Quit being a little bitch, Nick. He also blew up my power rankings this week. Another reason for him being a little bitch.
Anyway, Danielle M. opened her heart to Nick and Nick was all, “Nah, byeeeee.” So she’s gone. Nick also got rid of Kristina. And she even let him lotion her inner thigh. Geez, buddy.
1. Corinne (Runs a multi-million dollar company with her nanny) +1
Corinne took her platinum vageen to Nick’s room to secure her spot… but she got rejected.
2. Vanessa (French-Canadian-Italian) +1
She’s just a special needs teacher!
3. Raven (Midwest girl) +2
Looks like we’re going to her hometown. Yee-ha!
4. Rachel (Attorney) +2
We all know what’s happening with her.
By the way, Amanda Seyfried was just as confused as I was during this episode.