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08/05/2013 09:58 pm ET Updated Aug 06, 2013

'The Bachelorette' Finale: Desiree Accepts Chris' Proposal

"The Bachelorette" fans went into the finale with a lot of questions and Desiree Hartsock could've been the first "Bachelorette" to end up alone, but in the end, she accepted Chris' proposal.

"You make me want to be a good person and I want to spend the rest of my life with you," Chris told Desiree, before he started to get down on one knee. But she stopped him, knowing she needed to tell him about her feelings for Brooks, who decided to remove himself from the competition in the penultimate episode, realizing Desiree wasn't the one for him.

"I was torn apart by Brooks leaving. I loved him and throughout the journey, I was torn between the two of you ... I feel like I was so blindsided by my feelings for Brooks that I couldn't see that the one thing I always needed was right in front me," Des told Chris. "You have been by my side from the very beginning. You never lost sight of what we could be."

Then, she said the three words Chris wanted to hear. "Chris, I love you. I love you so much." It was exactly what he needed to finally get down on one knee and asked Des to be his wife. "Yes, a thousand times yes," she said. "I want to grow old and gray."

Afterwards, Chris said Desiree stopping him before he could propose was "terrible," but the two were all smiles in the end of "The Bachelorette" finale, holding their champagne glasses as the sun set in Antigua.

Back in Los Angeles, months later, Desiree said she was happy the truth was finally out there during the "After the Rose" ceremony. But, she was nervous -- after all, this would be the first time she would see Brooks since he broke her heart and Drew since she broke his.

Brooks and Desiree's interaction was slightly awkward with Des telling him, "Things were really good" in the wake of his departure. But the two were able to get through the interview and Brooks said he wasn't surprised that Desiree and Chris wound up together, noting he saw the way she looked at Chris.

The hardest part, Desiree said, was seeing Drew, who still seemed hurt by how things ended with Desiree. "It's a flood of emotions. It really brings everything right back," Drew said of seeing Des again. "It was a long recovery process and it's still happening."

He said he was pretty blindsided by the breakup, saying, "I definitely wasn't expecting that ... I hadn't seen any precursors that would lead to heartbreak." But, Drew explained, "I don't have any resentments or regrets or anything ... I have so much to be thankful for. Desiree, you're an amazing person and Chris is a lucky guy ... It's not the ending that I wanted, but I can smile knowing that you got what you were looking for."

Finally, Des was reunited with her fiance Chris. The couple couldn't have looked more in love, particularly when they watched their engagement together for the first time.

What did you think of "The Bachelorette" finale? Did Desiree make the right decision? Do you think Des and Chris will last? Sound off in the comments!

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