09:53 PM EDT 10/16/2013
Originally posted 08/03/2011 08:00AM
She had to endure months of tears, lies and betrayals on The Bachelorette, but after getting engaged in glorious, romantic fashion to J.P. Rosenbaum, Ashley Hebert says she wouldn't have it any other way.
"I've never even looked back for a second on my decision," Hebert tells PEOPLE in the latest cover story.
In fact, Hebert, 26, credits Rosenbaum, who proposed to her in Fiji on the ABC show's Aug. 1 finale, with helping her recover from her ill-fated romance with two-timing contestant Bentley Williams.
She also says her relationship with the 34-year-old New York construction manager didn't truly begin until the cameras went away.
Originally posted 08/02/2011 04:00PM
Going into this final week, I was feeling certainty with my decision and was excited for my family to meet both Ben and J.P.
I still had a few unresolved concerns, but I knew my sister would provide me the insight that I needed. Not only that, seeing my family at this point was going to be the exact thing I needed. Being away from your normal life, friends and family for as long as I had been, you feel alone. I could not wait to see them!
I thought my family would love both of these guys – who wouldn't? But to my surprise, my sister, the person I was looking forward to seeing the most, had a very strong opinion about J.P. I didn't need for my family to see everything right away and confirm my feelings, but I did need support from them. My sister told me that J.P. wasn't the one for me even before she had even sat down to talk to him!
Originally posted 08/02/2011 01:30PM
She may have found her happily ever after with J.P. Rosenbaum, but The Bachelorette Ashley Hebert definitely had a connection with her other suitor, Ben Flajnik – a canine connection!
During Flajnik's first meeting with Hebert's family in Fiji, the pair, who are both dog owners, goofily displayed their best doggie voices for the group – hers, a high-pitched coo, and his, a terrifying rasp.
Originally posted 08/01/2011 10:05PM
When Ashley Hebert set out to be The Bachelorette this season, she hoped to find the man of her dreams among a field of 25 potential suitors.
The Madawaska, Maine, native, 26, who will soon finish dental school at the University of Pennsylvania, promised herself she'd follow her heart to true love – and now she says she's found it.
Two men asked for her hand in marriage on Monday's finale: Sonoma, Calif., winemaker Ben Flajnik, 28, and New York construction manager J.P. Rosenbaum, 34.
Keep reading to find out whose proposal Ashley accepted ...
Originally posted 08/01/2011 04:30PM
It's all come down to this.
After an eventful, much-debated and often teary season (one word: Bentley), The Bachelorette's Ashley Hebert will make a choice between her final two suitors on Monday night's season finale.
"I'm so happy, so in love," she recently told PEOPLE. "I found a great man."
Originally posted 08/01/2011 10:35AM
It wasn't just bad guy Bentley that you didn't see at The Bachelorette's The Men Tell All reunion special on Sunday night. When Ashley Hebert came face to face with the suitors she sent packing, a few members of the Bachelor Pad 2 cast and Bachelor franchise veterans in Hollywood, there were smiles, sobs and swearing. Here's what you didn't see on TV:
William Holman, 30, hasn't had any luck finding a girlfriend. "Most people say, 'You're William from The Bachelorette, right? Do you have Blake's number?' " he said. "It's either Blake or Mickey." Yet William told PEOPLE that he only regrets one thing about his experience and it isn't throwing Ben C. under the bus, breaking man code or roasting Ashley. "If I did it all over again, the only thing I would change is calling myself a 30-year-old boy," he said. "I meant young at heart not afraid to grow up or commit. I am not a man-child running around in a Peter Pan costume."
Originally posted 07/30/2011 08:00PM
Things were moving slow but steady between The Bachelorette's Ashley Hebert and Constantine Tzortzis. After hitting a high note on their hometown date in Atlanta, they frolicked in Fiji but when the fantasy suite key came out, the 30-year-old restaurant owner called it quits.
PEOPLE.com spoke with him exclusively at the recent Men Tell All taping about his sudden exit, his current romantic status, and who has his vote to be the next Bachelor.
It was shocking to see one of the final three contenders walk away. What went wrong?
You can't really put your finger on one thing. You either have a feeling or you don't. I knew that the next step was a serious one. My feelings were not strong enough at that point to justify sticking around and possibly going through with that next step of getting engaged.
Originally posted 07/29/2011 07:40PM
After being roasted to her face, ridiculed behind her back, led on by the season's villain, walked out on by two men and reduced to tears on too many occasions to count, it was hard to believe The Bachelorette's Ashley Hebert would eventually find her happily ever after.
"There were certainly moments where I thought I'd made a mistake agreeing to be the Bachelorette and thought it wasn't going to end well," Hebert, 26, told PEOPLE at the taping of Sunday's Men Tell All special, which airs Sunday (9 p.m. ET) on ABC. "But you come out a stronger person and learn so many things about yourself. Ultimately, I know I did the right thing."
And now she admits all the heartache was worth it. "I'm so happy, so in love. I found a great man," she says of her new relationship. "It's going strong – we've been hanging out and talking all the time. I hoped I would leave with this type of relationship."
Originally posted 07/26/2011 09:40AM
A lady I worked with once told me a story about how she met her husband while she was on vacation in Fiji. She told me how beautiful and romantic it was, and how nice the people were. Ever since then, Fiji was next on the list of places I wanted to visit. I was ecstatic to find out we were on our way there for The Bachelorette and that there was a good chance I would have a great Fiji love story of my own.
Going into this week, my feelings for both Ben and J.P. were so strong and I was excited to see what this trip would bring. My relationship with Constantine hit a high at the hometown dates, but I still had so many questions.
I have to say that Ryan's return was a huge surprise, but I certainly understood why he felt the need to come back. When I said goodbye to Ryan, I felt uncertain about my decision and I think he sensed that. I can see how it just didn't make sense because I never really voiced any true concerns with him. So much was going through my mind at this point that I knew I would have to take some time and think about his return. Once I was able to spend time with each of the remaining guys, I knew that I had found what I was looking for within them. So, once again I had to say goodbye to Ryan. Saying goodbye a second time was not much different than the first. It broke my heart.
Originally posted 07/25/2011 10:40PM
Usually, by the "overnight dates" episode of The Bachelorette, the remaining suitors and the woman of the hour enjoy exciting, romantic evenings in paradise.
But things just don't go according to plan for this season's bachelorette, Ashley Hebert.
Yet again, she's thrown for a loop in Monday night's episode, with the return of a previously ousted bachelor – and a premature exit by another. Who surprised Ashley this time? Read on!
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