March 13, 2012 at 11:17 am , by Ladies' Lounge
First off, I think Ben’s sister and mother did a great job of asking Ben and the girls the right questions. I really appreciated that they went into it with an open mind and didn’t judge the girls until they met them for themselves. I think it was totally obvious that it was a “producer influenced” question when Ben’s sister asked him if there were any girls that the other girls didn’t like. This question was obviously going to be asked, but at the end of the day Ben’s family liked both girls and it seemed like they totally supported Ben in whatever decision he was going to make. And that’s what family should do.
I absolutely loved Lindzi’s time with his mom. You could tell that Lindzi meant what she said and really cared for Ben. It absolutely broke my heart watching his final date with her knowing that she wouldn’t be chosen in the end. I mean come on…wasn’t it obvious to us all at this point that Ben was crazy about Courtney? But why wasn’t Lindzi on the After the Final Rose special? What happened there? Although, I did stay tuned in to ABC to watch Jimmy Kimmel Live! to see what Lindzi had to say about Ben and the finale. She was super sweet while talking to Jimmy and genuinely seems happy, so I’m happy for her. I was was hoping she would explain why she wasn’t on After the Final Rose, but she’s in a good place now and that’s what’s important.
Back to what happened on the actual show. Courtney’s time with his mom and sister was great too. I really believed Courtney when she told them how much she cared for Ben. I think we saw a totally different side of her. I have to tell you guys that I was watching the finale with a couple of girls from Ben’s season (Rachel and Jaclyn) and they both said they really liked Courtney and that she was a sweet girl. They said that she was always sharing her clothes with the other girls and helping them get ready, so I’m kind of surprised we didn’t see the girls talk about this during the Women Tell All special. Anyway, I’m so glad Ben’s sister didn’t judge Courtney because she was a “model” or because she didn’t get along with the other girls. I respect her for that.
Ben’s last date with Courtney really showed us that they have a great connection. I could totally relate to what Ben was saying to Courtney about feeling at ease since everything was coming to an end. I remember feeling so relieved when I got down to my final two because you actually want it to be all over so you can just be with one person.
In the end, Ben proposed to Courtney. I was confused as to why she wore gloves—come on girl, get ready for that ring! I also felt like her reaction was genuine. She seemed truly overwhelmed and happy in that moment, but after the proposal it was back to real life and we saw the effect “real life” had on their relationship on After The Final Rose.
I 100 percent believe that Ben did not cheat on Courtney. If he did, he would never swear on his father’s life that he didn’t. Regardless of what you think of Ben as the bachelor, he loves his father and would never lie and use his name in the same sentence. Also, seeing Ben break down really broke my heart. You can tell that the negativity from the public has been very hard on him, and on Courtney too! I can’t say that I understand what that’s like because Roberto and I received so much support from our fans after the show ended. But I do know what it’s like to have people say very negative things about you—it hurts, it’s confusing and it makes you question yourself.
Will Ben and Courtney make it? I have no idea. Honestly, at the After the Final Rose special for my season I truly thought I would spend the rest of my life with Roberto. You just never know until you experience all the little things in life that come with being in a long-term relationship. Ben and Courtney could honestly surprise us all and end up getting married! Or they could split next week. It’s not for us to judge, it’s for them to figure out. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter what any of us think. All that matters is that they’re happy, whether it’s together or as individuals. I wish them both the very best!
Until next time…and what is next time? Emily as the new Bachelorette! I’m so excited for her!
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