09:38 AM EDT 03/19/2015
Originally posted 03/14/2012 01:15PM
While it's been a road of ups and downs for Courtney Robertson and her Bachelor fiancé Ben Flanjik, former Bachelorette Ashley Hebert and her love
J.P. Rosenbaum have been on a more consistent path.
"We are starting [wedding] planning and hoping to get married within a year," Hebert told viewers when she and her fiancé appeared at the end of Monday's The Bachelor: After the Final Rose show. "I always thought it would be romantic to be pregnant and get married."
"We talk about it all the time," adds Rosenbaum. "We're getting more serious about it."
Originally posted 03/14/2012 09:45AM
My final blog as The Bachelor. Aside from having hair that looked like a water buffalo, the day I proposed was an exciting day. This damn hair. Maybe it is time for a cut.
Boy, it has been a long time coming, and I am so happy it's all over. It has been a rough road, full of ups and downs, scrutiny and negativity.
What I will say is that I have found the positives to focus on amidst all the speculation and hate. People don't know what it's like to go through an experience like this, and until they have been a contestant – or the person in the driver's seat – I say, "Take it easy, because you aren't speaking from personal experience."
We have all decided to put ourselves out there in hopes of love, and we all know love can be messy.
Originally posted 03/13/2012 03:30PM
Ben Flajnik's decision to propose to controversial contestant Courtney Robertson on The Bachelor's season finale shocked and upset many of the franchise's millions of fans. But Ben isn't going to lose sleep over that.
After addressing the trouble in their relationship on the After The Final Rose special, Ben hopes "people will get a better understanding of who we are and why we're still together," he tells PEOPLE exclusively.
Ben admits he saw signs of Courtney's catty behavior – "like when she would skip back after getting a rose," he says – but when he talked to the other women about it, he didn't get a straight answer.
Originally posted 03/13/2012 09:20AM
She didn't get the final rose from Ben Flajnik on Monday night's The Bachelor, but Lindzi Cox has nothing bad to say about the man who told her he was "in love with someone else."
"I wish them nothing but the best," she said on Tuesday's Good Morning America, about Flajnik and the woman he proposed to, Ford model Courtney Robertson.
Although Cox, 27, says she doesn't know if they'll make it as a couple, during the reveal that Flajnik and Robertson were essentially broken up while the show aired, Cox says she's "in a good place" now.
Originally posted 03/13/2012 09:00AM
After a romantic proposal amid the majestic mountaintops of Zermatt, Switzerland, Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson's secret romance crumbled, the couple revealed on The Bachelor's After the Final Rose special Monday night.
"It's been a rough ride," Ben told host Chris Harrison about everything that's happened since the finale was taped. What went wrong? As Ben began to watch his season of the show, he witnessed the catty behavior of his new fiancée. She later apologized.
"The woman that I saw on TV isn't the Courtney that I know," he said, adding, "Those are the moments and the instances that led to Courtney and I not talking for a time while the show aired. We were essentially broken up."
Originally posted 03/12/2012 10:05PM
It's been a turbulent season for Bachelor Ben Flajnik.
The Sonoma winemaker, 29, told PEOPLE in January that going into this season he had "one thing in mind – to stay open and honest with myself."
Little did Flajnik know that he, like The Bachelor's millions of viewers, would later watch on TV the catty, spiteful and downright mean behavior amongst the contestants – namely Ford model Courtney Robertson, 28. Robertson and effervescent, down-to-earth business development manager Lindzi Cox, 27, were Flajnik's final two potential mates out of 25 women.
"I'm not sure how this is going to end," an exasperated Flajnik said at the beginning of Monday's finale, which was filmed in Zermatt, Switzerland.
Originally posted 03/12/2012 02:30PM
Blonde versus brunette. Good versus ... well, not so good.
That's how ABC is positioning Monday night's season finale of The Bachelor, as Ben Flajnik will decide between Lindzi Cox and Courtney Robertson.
The Women Tell All episode left no doubt about who the former contestants think Ben should pick. But of course, it's up to him – and his affection for Courtney is obvious, despite all the controversy surrounding her.
Host Chris Harrison tells PEOPLE that this season has been "more competitive, darker" but believes that Ben has picked a "final two he really connected with and cared about."
Originally posted 03/12/2012 09:50AM
Chris Harrison believes every season of The Bachelor has "its own feel," and Ben Flajnik's – which concludes Monday on ABC – can best be summed up as "edgy, controversial and definitely not warm and fuzzy."
"It doesn't compare at all to other seasons. It's more competitive, darker and has raised a lot of debate and outrage from viewers," the host tells PEOPLE. "Ben was taken aback by the public outcry and the anger he's faced. The Courtney thing was not easy for him to endure."
Despite the drama, Harrison says this season has been a real chance for the winemaker to find his happy ending. "For him to go through so much trouble and pain, unless he's a masochist, definitely leads me to believe he wants to find love. ... A lesser guy – or a guy who didn't care – would have checked out a long time ago. But he fought like hell the entire time and ended up with a final two he really connected with and cared about."
Originally posted 03/07/2012 07:30AM
The reunited contestants of The Bachelor had no reason to suspect that their nemesis Courtney Robertson would be joining them for a candid chat at the Women Tell All special, because the finalists don't usually attend. But after dissecting her actions, calling her names and generally hating on her for 45 minutes, host Chris Harrison surprised them by bringing Courtney out to face the women.
Reactions to the model's weepy apology that followed were varied. After the taping, PEOPLE spoke with Kacie B., Blakely, Casey S., Nicki and Bachelor Ben Flajnik about what Courtney said through tears:
Originally posted 03/06/2012 07:35PM
On the current season of The Bachelor Courtney Robertson has emerged as the finalist everyone loves to hate.
But at least one person (other than Bachelor Ben Flajnik himself) isn't completely writing her off. Former Bachelorette star Ashley Hebert sympathizes with Robertson – at least in part – due to her own experience on the show.
"I feel like when my season was airing I got a lot of [flack]," Hebert, 27, told PEOPLE at the KIIS-FM Purse Party in Santa Monica on Monday. "So I try to give everyone the benefit of the doubt."
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