Rachel Lindsay got her happily ever after.
She and Bryan Abasolo got engaged on the season finale of “The Bachelorette” in a heartwarming proposal on top of a castle in Rioja, Spain, Monday night.
After Peter Kraus said he wasn’t ready to propose — defeating the entire purpose of the show — Abasolo, a 37-year-old chiropractor, dropped down to one knee and popped the question.
“Rachel, when I first stepped out of that limo, I knew I was in the ride of my life,” he said.
“When we first kissed, it was literally like a chemistry bomb had just exploded. I just knew that first night, 100 percent certainty in my heart, that it was going to be something special. You are everything I could ever want in a woman, a wife, the mother of my children. I am completely head-over-heels, totally, absolutely in love with you. I just hope you feel the same.”
The 31-year-old lawyer from Texas said her heart “never been more confused” after the twist with Kraus, but that she knew it was Abasolo all along.
“I was trying to find cracks in what seemed like the perfect foundation. I really, really had to do some soul-searching, deeper than I ever have before, to find the courage to challenge myself. But this love has been so mature, it’s tested me in ways that I couldn’t have even imagined,” she said.
“I always said that I would know that the person that I’m supposed to be with is someone that I could never imagine my life without, so right here, in this moment, standing with you, I see my forever and I see my future,” she said. “I just want to tell you that I love and I’m in love with you, and I can’t imagine spending my life with anyone else.”
Lindsay is the first black lead in franchise history in 33 combined seasons of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.”
“I’m just trying to find love, and even though I’m an African-American woman, it’s no different than any other Bachelorette,” she said just after being cast in February.
On the post-show sitdown with host Chris Harrison, Abasolo gave his new fiancée a new diamond ring.
“I’ve fallen in love with you more every single day,” he said to his future bride.
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