Ah, September. Summer is (unofficially) over, school’s back in session and “Bachelor in Paradise” is saying goodbye after another drama-filled season.
On Tuesday night’s finale of Season 3 of the “Bachelor” spinoff series, we saw multiple engagements, a little heartbreak and a whole lot of tears. But nothing was as gasp-worthy as Josh Murray’s marriage proposal to Amanda Stanton. The former “Bachelorette” winner, who got engaged to Andi Dorfman on Season 10 of the show before being dubbed an “emotional abuser” in her tell-all book It’s Not Okay earlier this summer, got down on one knee and professed his love for Stanton, a newly divorced single mother of two.
Murray was surrounded by controversy the entire season, as many of the contestants knew what Dorfman wrote about him in her book. Her other ex, Nick Viall, who was also on “Paradise,” admitted that most of what Dorfman said about him in the tell-all was accurate, so many presumed her comments on Murray’s hot temper were true. With that in mind, a lot of Stanton’s co-stars warned her about falling for him. Still, she clearly brushed all that aside and apparently trusts that he is the genuine man he swears to be.
“It only took one date for me to know we had something so special,” Stanton told a smiling Murray. “The thought of welcoming you into our little family makes my heart so full.”
Murray then let Stanton know he felt the same way. “You are the sweetest, kindest, most loving, generous woman I have ever met,” he told her.
The couple has already moved in together and Stanton is confident in their relationship.
“He’s so dedicated and so loyal,” she told Us Weekly. “He’s sweet and thoughtful and caring — it’s not just something he turns on for the cameras.”
Aside from Murray and Stanton’s love story, two other men made it official by picking out some Neil Lane diamonds and sliding them onto their ladies’ ring fingers. Evan Bass, the erectile dysfunction expert, proposed to Carly Waddell, telling her, “I feel like my heart beats to your soul.” These two had their fair share of ups and downs this season, but in all honesty, they’re pretty darn adorable. (#TheyAllLivedHappilyEvanAfter)
Also engaged: Grant Kemp and Lace Morris, who, after kissing and making up for the umpteenth time, swore to spend the rest of their lives together.
“From the moment I met you, I knew you were going to be in my life and my life would never be boring,” Kemp told Morris, adding, “You make me feel like I can be myself.” Awww!
The least surprising moment of the night came when Viall and his summer fling, Jen Saviano, decided to go their separate ways. Considering Viall was recently named the new “Bachelor,” fans pretty much knew the pair would end their romance.
“Sometimes you wish you could tell your heart what to do and if I could, I wish I could tell it to choose you. But something is telling me to say goodbye,” a teary-eyed Viall told Saviano. “I’m sorry. My biggest fear is that I’m going to regret it. I just feel like you deserve better than me.”
After a few weeks of Monday and Tuesday night TV-watching, “BiP” is over. Now we wait until “The Bachelor” premieres in January.
So long for now, Bachelor Nation!