MIAMI — On last night’s The Bachelorette, Miami Chiropractor Bryan Abasolo, 37, got on bended knee in Rioja, Spain, and proposed to his “soulmate” Dallas attorney Rachel Lindsay, 32, after she chose him in the final, seemingly conflicted, round.
“At the end, it was not tough for me,” Lindsay said. “Going through it, I felt Bryan was perfect for me. Obviously, nobody’s perfect — but perfect for me. I still was running away from it. So, there were times when I thought, ‘Okay, maybe it’s not him, maybe it’s someone else.’ I can’t say that the whole way through I was like, ‘Yes, it’s definitely Bryan,’ but I can definitely say that in the back of my mind, ‘I really thought it was you.’”
Adding, “I really was scared of Bryan. I really, really was, and I really tried to fight it, and I think I talked about that. I was at this crossroads. I run to the situation that’s more difficult for me. It’s more of a challenge that I can fix. I’m a fixer, and I run away from the guy who is every single thing that I want because I just think that either I don’t deserve it. And for the first time, I stopped running away from it, and I was like, ‘Why can’t you have what you want?’ And that was Bryan.”
The season has left fans divided. Some feel Abasolo was all talk, playing his cards just right in order to walk away a winner. Others would have preferred that Lindsay choose runner-up Peter Kraus, who many viewed as more genuine.
“Rachel, when I first stepped out of that limo I knew I was in for the ride of my life,” Abasolo said during the final rose ceremony. “When we first kissed it was literally like a chemistry bomb had just exploded and I just knew that first night with 100 percent certainty in my heart that we could definitely 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 and absolutely in love with you. I just hope you feel the same.”
“I am the best version of myself when I’m with you — you’re so easy and effortless to love. I want to love you for the rest of my life,” he added.
Despite a happy ending for the couple, this season’s The Bachelorette was complicated to say the least. Lindsay’s family, who met Abasolo in Dallas, were not exactly thrilled with the Florida doctor.
“I was very excited to introduce Bryan to my family, but I felt like my excitement wasn’t reciprocated by my family,” Lindsay said during the hometown episode. “I’m irritated at this point. The energy is totally different than it was the other two days with Peter and Eric.”
“My gut is telling me Bryan is a charmer,” Lindsay’s sister said. “He’s direct and he’s open, but I don’t think there’s the sincerity factor in it. My guard was up.”
Lindsay, who had to give the runner-up his walking papers, finally settled on Abasolo after Kraus refused to commit to an engagement. The Bachelorette was adamant – if he liked it he’d have to put a ring on it.
“Trust me, she put me through the ringer the entire season,” Abasolo said.
“We’re going to be together, and I’m going to wake up next to this woman for the rest of my life,” Abasolo said. “That’s something that I’m going to cherish. We can’t focus on anything that anybody else says on the outside. Our life is our life.”
“Love is love for us,” added Lindsay. “For us, we have to be strong for each other if this is going to work.”
Her final words to her new fiancé were, “My heart has never been more confused than it has been this week. I’ve always been drawn to the excitement of gambling my feelings on the complicated relationships, and it’s the damaged connections that have offered me the chance to always run away. That’s why when I met you, it just seemed too perfect. I was trying to find cracks in what seemed like the perfect foundation. I always said that I would know that the person I’m supposed to be with is someone I could not picture my life without. In this moment, I see my forever, and I see my future . . . I want to tell you that I love you and I’m in love with you and I can’t imagine spending my life with anyone else.”
Time will tell.