And the final rose goes to…
Arie Luyendyk Jr. dropped to one knee and proposed to 29-year-old publicist Becca Kufrin in Peru on the finale of “The Bachelor” Monday night.
“I am very lucky that you’ve been on this journey with me. And through all of it, you’ve given me so much confidence along the way. Because of that, my love for you is unmeasurable,” he said.
“This morning I woke up and I thought about you, and I thought about you and our kids together; I thought about us when we’re old. I choose you today, but I choose you every day from here on out. I love you so much.”I love you so much. Becca, will you marry me?”
Her response, obviously, was “of course.”
Just before that, though, Luyendyk, a 36-year-old former racecar driver, had admitted to runner-up Lauren Burnham that he still loved her — in the middle of dumping her.
But the third hour of the special found Luyendyk already questioning his decision.
“Sometimes, when I’m doing these little getaways with Becca, I think about, “Oh, how would this be with Lauren?” And it just kills me, because I have a great woman right next to me. I go to bed, and I think about Lauren, and I wake up, and I think about Lauren,” he said.
“And I know Becca sees my struggle. She sees the fact that my mind’s somewhere else. You know, she knows that I think about Lauren.”
So he called off the engagement, which the audience knows before she does.
In what host Chris Harrison teased as “the most emotional scene ever,” Luyendyk takes back the proposal.
“The last couple times we’ve been hanging out, I’ve been really trying to sort my feelings out, trying to — trying to grasp this whole thing, you know? And the reality of it is that, you know, being with you, although it’s been everything that I wanted, I still think about her. And I think you sense that,” he said.
“And I think, for me, the more I hung out with you, the more I felt like I was losing the possibility of maybe reconciling things with Lauren.”
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“Are you f–king kidding me?” Kufrin responded before eventually walking out to pack her suitcase.
After 25 minutes of agonizing apologies and crying — and Becca’s continued requests for Arie to leave the house — he finally got in a car and left his jilted fiancée crying alone.
“It’s brutal. I mean, when it all happened, I feel like I kind of blacked out, and it was just, so much was going through my mind, I couldn’t take it all in or even focus on what I wanted to say,” Kufrin, who said she cried for “four days straight,” told Harrison back in the studio.
“I grieved the loss of that relationship, and the future that I thought we were going to have. I am angry at times. I feel betrayed a lot of the time, just because I feel like I was lied to for so long.”
ABC then dragged the finale out for a second night when the network will force Kufrin to confront Luyendyk.
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