This season of “The Bachelor” has been a controversial one as the majority of the other women in the house had no love for one of Ben Flajnik’s final two bachelorettes — Courtney Robertson. But despite all the warnings from the other women, Ben followed his heart and got done on one knee and proposed.
The second time was the charm — Ashley Hebert rejected him — and this time his proposal was accepted. The woman he presented with a Neil Lane diamond ring was Courtney.
“I want you to know that I think you’re an incredible woman,” Ben told the 28-year-old model. “But I promised myself that I wouldn’t get down on one knee again unless I was certain it was forever. I want to tell you that you are my forever.”
To which Courtney responded, “I will love you forever.” Ben acted as if he was surprised at her answer, and when she asked, “Did you have any doubt,” he said, “You never know.”
Initially, Ben’s sister Julia cautioned him against Courtney, saying, “The girl who doesn’t get along with other girls is a red flag,” but later, after meeting her, she changed her tune, saying, “She is a really amazing girl. I learned a huge lesson today. You can’t judge a book by its cover.”
For her part, Lindzi Cox, who had received the First Impression rose, handled the situation with grace when the winemaker from Sonoma told her that he was in love with someone else, saying, “If things don’t work out, call me.”
But the juicy part of the night came on the “After the Final Rose” special, during which Ben admitted that the couple had split at one point. “It became too much; I just cracked,” he told host Chris Harrison. Ben went on to say that he is still in love with Courtney, but it has been a rough ride.
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When her turn came, Courtney explained that they were happy for about a month at which time “The Bachelor” began airing and things went downhill.
“It’s all really disappointing –heartbreaking, really. This is supposed to be a story about love, finding love, and it spoiled,” she told Chris.
Courtney appeared to be especially hurt that Ben hadn’t send her flowers on Valentine’s Day and when Chris asked if they were a couple, she waivered, saying, “Yes, we’re together… I think. I don’t know.”
When Ben joined Courtney, he said, “We’re in a good place,” but Courtney seemed to feel that trust had been lost.
That said, when Chris presented Ben with the engagement ring, he once again placed it on Courtney’s finger.