Gerry Turner finally made his choice in the Golden Bachelor finale, proposing to Theresa Nist in very passionate circumstances.
The series, which airs on ABC and Hulu, reached its conclusion on Thursday night, with the retired restauranteur proposing to contestant Leslie Fhima.
It was up to host Jesse Palmer to confirm that their January wedding will be live streamed for everyone to enjoy from the comfort of their own couches.
However, Leslie, who criticised the 72-year-old for ‘blindsiding’ her at the last minute, may not be watching the wedding.
Gerry had previously suggested that he found himself in a ‘very horrible situation’ while deciding between the two, but no one could have predicted how awful it would be…
The 64-year-old saw her future husband’s family for the first time in the finale, when she expressed her desire to marry him – but she felt concerned that something had changed ahead of their date.
He conceded that the ‘stress’ had got to him leading up to his proposal, but failed to respond when the fitness expert said that she loved him ‘very, very much’, instead replying: ‘I know, I could feel it.’
‘I’m definitely not confident now,’ she said as they went their separate ways. ‘I know why he was off today. I know exactly why.’
Gerry went to Leslie after the meeting and revealed that he had fallen head over heals for Theresa and planned to propose to the 70-year-old.
‘So everything you told me the other night was a lie,’ she fumed, begging him to pinpoint exactly where everything changed.
‘No, because at that time, that was the truth,’ he said, insisting that nothing ‘went wrong’. ‘Things have changed, things have evolved.
‘I’ve worked hard to learn as much about you and about Theresa as I possibly could. You’re both wonderful, but only one of you is right. Leslie, I am so sorry. Believe me, had I known this would be how much pain I would cause someone, I would’ve never taken the first step on this journey.’
‘The other night, you made it sound like you chose me,’ Leslie continued, refusing to let him off the hook. ‘You said things to me that made me think that this was going to be it. You led me down a path and then you took a turn and left me there. That’s how I feel.
‘It’s mind-boggling, to be honest, how you can talk to me all night, tell me you love me and then one day – not even a day, 12 hours later – you change your mind.’
Gerry was heartbroken by the comments and told Jesse Palmer that he ‘hated’ himself for putting Leslie in such pain.
‘I took a really good person and f**king broke their heart,’ he added. ‘I hate myself and I hate everything right now.
‘I think the only time I’ve ever felt worse in my whole life is when my wife passed away and this is a Goddamn close second. She’s a good person and I f**ked her over.’
The duo met again during the After The Final Rose segment, when Leslie admitted to being ‘blindsided’ by the rejection.
Gerry admitted that he found himself ‘caught up’ as filming continued, adding: ‘You were the person I believed was my person until I suddenly knew you weren’t.
‘It didn’t really go wrong, Leslie. It was better with someone else.’
Gerry and Theresa will be the centre of attention as they prepare to walk down the aisle next year, with ABC cameras tracking their every move…
The Golden Wedding will premiere on January 4 on ABC at 8pm ET.
Source My Celebrity Life.