“The Bachelorette,” Ashley Hebert, has handed out her final rose. The 26-year-old dental student from Madawaska chose J.P. Rosenbaum, a 34-year-old construction manager from Roslyn, N.Y., out of 25 potential suitors on Monday night’s finale of the ABC reality show.
Going into the last episode, Hebert, who now lives in Philadelphia, had narrowed the field down to Rosenbaum and Ben Flajnik, a 28-year-old winemaker from Sonoma, Calif.
During the show, which took place in Fiji, Hebert’s family traveled from Maine to meet the two remaining men. Hebert’s older sister Chrystie Hebert Corns of Portland, who appeared on TLC’s reality show “Extreme Couponing,” wasn’t afraid to tell Hebert and Rosenbaum that she didn’t think they were right for each other.
Corns cited the eight-year age difference and Hebert’s lack of “being herself” around Rosenbaum as major cons in the relationship.
“I know she’s wrong,” Rosenbaum told Hebert of Corns’ concerns.
Corns said she saw more of a “shared passion” between Hebert and Flajnik.
But despite Hebert’s sister’s opinion, and both men professing their love during their final dates, she chose Rosenbaum who then proposed.
“This is my leap of faith,” Rosenbaum told Hebert before getting down on one knee on a Fiji beach, “I’m so in love with you, you’re ‘The One,’ you’re it.”
Hebert replied, “I’ve been wanting to tell you ‘I love you’ for so long now,” before accepting his proposal.
Flajnik also proposed to Hebert and told her “things don’t end unless they end badly,” after he was turned down.
“I feel awful,” a teary-eyed Hebert said after Flajnik left.
Hebert, a University of Maine graduate, missed her chance at love on last season’s “The Bachelor” when she failed to capture the heart of 38-year-old Austin bar owner, Brad Womack. Hebert made it to the final three before she was eliminated. Womack proposed to single mother Emily Maynard, a 24-year-old children’s hospital event planner from Charlotte, N.C. The couple has since broken up.