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'The Bachelorette': Jillian Harris stands by her man

Knh50tnc An “unexpected confession” didn’t get in Jillian Harris’ way.

The surprise proposal and outpouring of love from Reid Rosenthal, who was eliminated during last week’s episode of “The Bachelorette,” did give Harris pause -- and a few more tears -- but the free-spirited 29-year-old interior designer from Canada went with her original game plan. 

On Monday's episode, she told Rosenthal she had woken up having already made her decision, and she stuck with it, choosing Ed Swiderski -- a contestant who notably had second thoughts of his own about finding love on the reality series.

Swiderski, a 29-year-old technology consultant from Chicago, left the show five weeks in, unconvinced and in fear of losing his job, but came back for Harris, admitting he hadn’t been able to stop thinking about her while he'd been gone.

As is tradition during the penultimate "Bachelorette" episode, Harris’ parents gave their approval to both remaining contestants, Swiderski and Kiptyn Locke, a 31-year-old business developer from California, leaving Harris with no helpful hints as to whom she should pick.

But once she had chosen, the decision was final.

Locke crossed the pool bridge first and, with little suspense, was respectfully rejected. He was followed not by Swiderski but by Rosenthal, who stunned Harris with a last-minute declaration of love. He also proposed. 

After taking a moment to think -- and some advice from host Chris Harrison -- Harris told Rosenthal that, in spite of their connection, she had since fallen in love with somebody else. “I can’t let them go now,” she told him.

While she awaited Swiderski‘s arrival, Harris said aloud to herself, “Ed better not … disappoint me.”

When Swiderski arrived, he wasted no time dropping to one knee and sweeping Harris off her feet. “I want to be with you forever. I want to have a family with you. I want you to give me a hard time when we’re 80 years old. Jillian, will you marry me?”

“Absolutely,” she said.

Harris and Swiderski will reunite for the “After the Final Rose” special, airing Tuesday at 10 p.m.

-- Denise Martin

Photo: Jillian Harris in Monday's episode of "The Bachelorette." Credit: ABC

 
Comments () | Archives (2)

Life is very short. Everyone has a dark secret. Love is all about the Good, the Ugly and then the BETTER. Everyone has to start off rocky so that they know if its worth it. As much as the both of you have been through, I still see Love. Don't let anyone put thoughts in your mind. Only the two of you know the truth and thats all that matters. I've been divorced twice, had a on and off relationship for the past 14 years and everyone had input, but I still chose to have on/off relationship. Jullian and Ed, I truly hope you both conquer all gossip and I hope the love I see in both of you towards eachother, prove everyone, LOVE does CONQUER all.

I am 48yrs old, and the one thing I've learn in this life time.....Life is Short. Jullian and Ed, I am very happy for the both of you. May you find your path, and enjoy life to its fulliness and may your children be as beautiful as the two of you. Ed, be good to Jullian, as she so deserves to enjoy to be loved by a man she chose to share with for the rest of her life. CONGRADULATIONS to the both of you.


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