"The Bachelorette" Ali Fedotowsky, 25, gave her last rose to Roberto Martinez, 26. In return, Ali got an engagement ring on the season finale of ABC's dating reality show. "I love you so much. I really do," Ali told Roberto.
"I love you. I want to grow old with you. I want to have a beautiful, beautiful family with you. I want to share my life with you. Share your life with me. Be my wife. Ali Fedotowsky, will you marry me?" Roberto asked. "Yes, yes!" Ali replied. Roberto, an insurance agent, and Ali, who worked in marketing for Facebook before leaving to find love on the show, will move into a shared apartment in San Deigo to begin their new life together.
Host Chris Harrison promised the finale would be the most surprising in "Bachelorette" history. "Ali makes a shocking decision that will change her life forever," he said before the first commercial aired. He was right. Ali broke up with Chris Lambton, the 33-year-old landscaper from Cape Cod, before the final rose ceremony. That was a first in the 14-season run for "The Bachelor" and the five previous seasons of "The Bachelorette." Instead of going on her final date with Chris, Ali "broke the rules" and admitted that she was in love with Roberto.
"I'm in love with somebody else," she told Chris. Ali said she didn't want to put Chris through a final date or the last rose ceremony when her feelings were clear. Chris was sad but grateful that Ali told him the truth. "Thank you for being honest... I'm going to miss you." Chris said.
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"I know I sent an amazing guy home. I know I did," Ali said.
"She is an amazing, amazing girl... I wasn't the one. It really hurts... As much as this situation hurts, I want to see her happy," Chris said. He spotted a rainbow shortly after Ali's confession. He thought the rainbow was a sign that his late mother was telling him that everything was going to be O.K. "I wouldn't change a damn thing," Chris said about his time on the show.
"My heart is not capable of loving more than one man," Ali said. "I want to be with Roberto. There's no doubt in my mind."
Immediately after the finale, "The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose" aired. Ali and Roberto reconnected. They are both relocating to San Diego where they will share an apartment. Are wedding bells ringing? Maybe next spring or summer. But first, Ali and Roberto are looking forward to "being normal." Runner-up Chris L. faced Ali but third-place Frank declined to appear on the show. Ali said she'd forgiven Frank for breaking up with her on the second-to-last episode but wished he'd come on the show to "clear the air." Ali said she learned a lot about "love and respect" from Chris during the show. "I can't thank you enough for what you did... I know if we'd went through the last date I would have fallen for you even more," Chris said.
Here's a recap of the final episode of Ali's season of "The Bachelorette:"
The final two bachelors met Ali's family before their last dates were scheduled.
Ali seemed unsure whether Chris or Roberto was "the one" at the beginning of the episode. About Roberto, Alli said: "This is the first time I've felt so safe in a relationship." About Chris, she said: "I feel like we've been together forever."
Roberto met Ali's family first. Raya, Ali's sister, quizzed Roberto while Beth, Ali's mother, offered to answer Roberto's questions. "What can I do to make sure she's always happy?" Roberto asked. Beth said he should continue doing what he'd been doing since he stepped out of the limo on the first day of the show. "I just see she really cares for you," Beth said. "I believe that your heart is pure," Beth's mom told Roberto in Spanish. Roberto asked Ali's dad for his blessing to propose to Ali. Ali's dad asked if Roberto loved Ali. "I do. I do," Roberto said. Dad said, "I don't see a problem with that."
Chris confessed that he felt "scared" to meet Ali's family. He prepared himself for tough questions. Chris told Ali's family about his mother's death and how much he missed her. Ali told her mom that she was concerned that her relationship with Chris had developed so slowly. Ali's mom said relationships that started slowly were often the best. "Chris seemed very genuine... He seems like a wonderful guy," Raya said. Chris was nervous about asking Ali's dad for his blessing to marry Ali. "I'm ready to find my soul mate... Your daughter is an amazing girl," Chris said. "I'm falling in love with her," Chris said. "I would have no problem offering my blessing," Ali's dad said.
After Chris and Roberto met Ali's parents, Ali seemed more confused. "I don't know what to do," she said. Her family wasn't much help. Dad thought Roberto was already in love with Ali while he said Chris was more hesitant. Mom, sister and brother thought both guys were ready to propose.
For their final date before the last rose ceremony, Ali and Roberto swam with stingrays and shared a romantic picnic on a private beach. When it started to rain, Roberto and Ali ran into the ocean. Ali said "kissing Roberto in the rain is the most magical and romantic moment I've ever experienced in my life." When Ali came to Roberto's room for dinner, he gave her a framed photo of the two of them together in a heart-shaped lagoon. "I've definitely fallen in love with you," Roberto said.
"I love Roberto. I love him. I've never ever, ever, in my whole life, felt this good about a relationship and a person," Ali said.
After Ali broke up with Chris, she said she hoped the rose ceremony would end with a proposal from Roberto. Roberto chose a ring but said he needed to be 100 percent certain before he asked her to marry him. "I only want to propose once in my life... I have to do what feels right to me," Roberto said.
Eliminated week nine:
Frank confessed that he was still in love with his ex-girlfriend Nicole and he left the show. In his final meeting with Ali, Frank said "I was crazy about you right from the beginning... I was falling for you, but there was something that was holding me back." That something was unresolved feelings for Nicole. Frank said it wasn't until the hometown date when he watched Ali drive away after a great day that he decided he had to see Nicole again for closure. "The second I saw her, all the old feelings kind of came rushing back," Frank said. "Ali, I'm sorry." "You're perfect in every way... the only difference is with Nicole somehow I feel this click." Ali asked why he hadn't said anything earlier. "Frank I just cannot believe this. I was so excited to see you," Ali said. Ali and Frank both cried. "If I would have known sooner, I would have told you sooner," Frank said. "I just think it's so selfish of you to have done this," Ali said. "I've given up everything to be here," she added. "I gave up everything, too" Frank insisted. "Apparently not everything," Ali replied. "This is the last thing I ever thought would happen," Ali said. They hugged and cried before Ali left.
"I know I love Nicole. But, you know, I feel bad," Frank said. " I guess I was hoping I'd feel some sort of relief but I don't... I hope that eventually she can forgive me."
Eliminated week eight:
Kirk, the 27-year-old sales consultant from Green Bay, Wis. was eliminated. "I'm sorry," Ali said. "Don't be sorry," Kirk said. "It kind of hurts knowing that I gave all of myself to you and that's not what you're looking for," he told Ali. In his final limo interview, he said "I really, really, really did not see this coming... I've always been the one to leave the relationship... My heart's a bit bruised right now. This sucks."
Eliminated week seven:
Ty: the 31-year-old medical salesman who lives in Franklin, Tenn. Ty was divorced and blamed his traditional views about gender roles for his first marriage failing. He said though he expected his first wife to stay home and take care of her husband and children, he'd changed his views and would be supportive of his future wife's career goals. After the rose ceremony in which he was eliminated, Ty said he was surprised. "I was just so sure... I don't know what to think... What do you do when everything seemed right and obviously it was wrong. I'm pissed off because she made a wrong choice, and I hope she realizes that."
Eliminated week six:
Craig R.: A 27-year-old lawyer from Langhorne, Penn. who lives in Philadelphia. "This has been an incredible, incredible experience. I'll never forget any of it," Craig told Ali. "I just think the romance or something was missing between us," Ali said. In the limo ride, Craig said "that was really a heartbreak... I was falling in love... I wanted to be the one who ended up with her."
Justin: A 26-year-old entertainment wrestler called "Rated R" from Toronto.
Eliminated week five:
Kasey, the 27-year-old advertising account executive from Fresno, Calif., was left on a glacier after showing Ali the tattoo he got in New York. Ali questioned whether Kasey was being genuine on their one-on-one date during the week four episode, and Kasey got the tattoo to show her that he was. The tattoo had a rose and a shield that Kasey said was to remind him of his promise "to guard and protect Ali's heart." The tattoo also had 11 studs symbolizing the 11 guys on the show at that time. At the rose ceremony, Ali told host Chris Harrison, "I think Kasey feel in love with the idea of falling in love here." Ali wasn't feeling love on her end.
Chris N.: the 29-year-old entrepreneur from Orlando, said "I'm at a loss for words... I'm a little shattered by this whole thing." He did admit that he hadn't really come out of his shell on the show.
Eliminated week four:
Jesse, a 24-year-old general contractor from Peculiar, Mo. When giving him a goodbye hug, Ali whispered "I just think we didn't really match." Jesse thanked her for the experience and said he thought she was a city girl while he wanted acreage and cows. "I'm frustrated. I'm not going to lie... Anyone would be lucky to have her, but I can not wait to see my dogs." Aw.
Jonathan, the 30-year-old weatherman in Houston. "I am surprised... I'm just dumbfounded... What did I do wrong? I don't know when I'm going to find love."
Those eliminated during week three:
Hunter: A 28-year-old Internet account executive from San Antonio. He earned a one-on-one date with Ali, but she didn't feel a romantic connection.
Steve: A 28-year-old sales representative from Ohio. His last-minute picnic before the rose ceremony failed to impress Ali. "I'm shocked," he said before leaving the show.
John C.: A 32-year-old hotel business developer from Washington. "I think she made a mistake... I think Justin's here for the wrong reasons... I'm a genuine guy, and I have so much to give."
Eliminated week two:
Craig M.: The 34-year-old Canadian dental salesman didn't seem disappointed to be leaving. "She missed a huge opportunity. I have a hard time respecting her decision on keeping the weatherman and the wrestler here over this (he pointed to his hair)... You can't be serious with someone who's shorter than you, I'll leave it at that... There's plenty of women out there." In fact, he hoped to meet some on the plane ride home.
Tyler V.: a 25-year-old online advertising salesman from Vermont, was "shocked" to be leaving. "If she doesn't feel it it's not there... I was disappointed."
Chris H.: a 27-year-old real estate developer from Canada.
Here are the guys who were eliminated the first week:
Jay: A 29-year-old lawyer from Barrington, R.I. He was quiet during the show and said he wished he'd spoken up more. He did manage to call her "sweetie" at least three times. "I would have sent myself home if I was her," he said. "It's tough."
Kyle: A 26-year-old outdoorsman from Highlands Ranch, Colo. "I know there's a lot of fish in the sea, but I'm the one for you," he said after attempting to reel her in junior-high-dance style. "I really do feel like a failure," he said about going home on day one.
Tyler M.: A 25-year-old catering manager from Helena, Mont., who lives in Austin, Texas. He wore cowboy because he thought Ali was wearing cowboy boots when she first stepped out of the limo to meet Jake. Unfortunately, she "definitely was not wearing cowboy boots," she said.
Derek: A 28-year-old sales manager from Warren, Mich. who lives in Los Angeles. He had leaves for Ali to catch to make wishes. She caught three in her hand and one in her hair. Four wishes. Too bad one of her wishes wasn't to keep Derek on the show.
Phil: A 30-year-old investment manager from Elmore, Ohio who lives in Chicago.
Derrick: A 27-year-old construction engineer from Manhattan Beach, Calif. who lives in San Diego. He said his nickname was Shooter and he'd explain why inside the house. The nickname was embarrassing. It was based on this one time in college when he, um, was a bit premature in the bedroom. "You're a brave man for telling that story," Ali said. He admitted that he shouldn't have told that story and made a fool of himself."
Jason: A 27-year-old construction consultant from Johnson City, Tenn. who lives in Broomfield, Colo. He climbed atop the limo and did a backflip onto the ground. Ali seemed impressed.
John N.: A 27-year-old engineering software salesman from Wichita, Kan. who lives in Kansas City, Mo.