Life & Style Weekly has learned that while The Bachelor's winning woman this season did accept Ben Higgins' proposal on Nov. 18 (the day the finale was filmed), it was hardly the fairy-tale scene that will be shown on TV.
Insiders reveal that until moments before the final rose ceremony, Ben, 27, was still torn between the final two women and in the end, his decision led to heartbreak, crushed hopes and tears for the runner-up.
Both women appeared to believe they would be getting a ring. When the runner-up returned to her hotel, she looked like her world had been shattered.
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“She was so disappointed,” a witness tells Life & Style. “She rushed to her room, saying she had to call her mom.” By 11:30 the next morning, as Ben celebrated with the winner, the heartbroken contestant still hadn’t emerged.
Ben had two weeks to spend in Jamaica with the final three contestants, who stayed at the Sandals Ochi Beach Resort. And by the time he was finished with the overnight Fantasy Suite dates at the Royal Plantation, he had fallen hard for two of them.
On the morning before the final rose ceremony, Ben was overheard raving about his special last date — with the runner- up! “He said it was awesome and he had never seen that side of her,” says a source. “He said he didn’t know who he was going to choose.”
Ben with a few of his finalists. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
But then he headed off for his final date with the eventual winner on a secluded beach called Laughing Waters. There, they embraced and made out, a witness tells Life & Style. “Ben looked like he was in love with both women,” another source says.
Nearly three months later, Ben is still coming to terms with how the final days went down. “Looking back now,” he recently told Life & Style, “it was hard and there’s not always a clear answer for [what’s] right and wrong.” But, he added, “I have to be confident in my decision. I have to be confident.”
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