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PEOPLE Exclusive: The Bachelor's Chris Soules and fiancée Whitney Bischoff open up about their small-town life together – and starting a family! Subscribe now for instant access to their plans for beating the odds and making love last.

"What's your fantasy date?"

Even though Chris Soules has shared a Fantasy Suite (trademark, The Bachelor) with his new fiancée Whitney Bischoff, her answer to that question still causes him to blush.

During this week's PEOPLE cover shoot, when Soules, 33, adventurously suggested with a giggle, "Whips and chains?" Bischoff didn't miss a beat: "Fifty Shades of Soules."

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Chris Soules's Bachelor Finale Blog: 'That Moment I Finally Had Clarity' and Proposed to Whitney | Chris Soules

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PEOPLE Exclusive: The Bachelor's Chris Soules and fiancée Whitney Bischoff open up about their small-town life together – and starting a family! Subscribe now for instant access to their plans for beating the odds and making love last.

Chris Soules is The Bachelor! After a bittersweet exit from Andi Dorfman's season of The Bachelorette, the farmer from Arlington, Iowa, found love on ABC's hit franchise. Chris, 33, blogged for PEOPLE.com every week about the women, the dates and the difficult decisions he made on his journey to love – up until the final rose itself. Follow the newly engaged Chris on Twitter.

Wow. I can't believe it's over. Watching the end of my journey felt surreal. And while it was incredible to watch my love story unfold on national television, I have to say, I'm relieved it's done. I can finally stop living in secrecy, and my fiancée and I can finally be a normal couple!!!

Going to Iowa for the end of the journey was the only logical place for me. While Bali was incredible, I wanted this part to take place at home. Yes, it was cold. Yes, it was snow-covered, and windy, and barren, but it's home. It's where my heart is, and the only place I could imagine getting down on one knee.

I was truly hoping for pure, unequivocal clarity, but I didn't have it. I really thought when I started out on this whole thing, that, by this point, I would know exactly what I wanted to do, but unfortunately, it didn't work out that way. I know it may seem impossible to be in love with two women, but I promise you, it's not. It's also not easy, nor is it fun; I guess this is what happens when you start off by dating 30 incredible women.

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Sean Lowe on Bachelorette Twist: 'It's Downright Degrading'

Update 03/11/2015 09:15 AM Originally posted 03/10/2015 11:35 PM

Sean Lowe on Bachelorette Twist: 'It's Downright Degrading'

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PEOPLE Exclusive: The Bachelor's Chris Soules and fiancée Whitney Bischoff open up about their small-town life together – and starting a family! Subscribe now for instant access to their plans for beating the odds and making love last.

Sean Lowe may owe his marital happiness to The Bachelor, but that doesn't mean he's always up for toeing the party line.

A day after ABC announced that it would feature two bachelorettes for season 11, Lowe spoke out via his personal blog that the plan to feature Britt Nilsson and Kaitlyn Bristowe vying for the affection of 25 men was "downright degrading."

"No one likes the idea," Lowe wrote, adding that his wife Catherine, "thinks it's disgusting."

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New Bachelorettes Kaitlyn and Britt: How They Really Feel About Sharing the Spotlight!

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PEOPLE Exclusive: The Bachelor's Chris Soules and fiancée Whitney Bischoff open up about their small-town life together – and starting a family! Subscribe now for instant access to their plans for beating the odds and making love last.

As America now knows, not one but two women, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Britt Nilsson, were named potential Bachelorettes for the next season of the ABC show, squaring off on night one. Shocking news for fans, but the women themselves are taking it in stride.

"I'm trying to be really positive about the situation," Bristowe tells PEOPLE of vying to officially become the next Bachelorette. "It's definitely not ideal, but it's an incredible opportunity. And if the outcome is me meeting the guy I spend the rest of my life with, then it is all worth it."

Nilsson, who weathered a storm of jealousy and drama during her time in the Bachelor house, says she's "grateful" to even be in the running.

"I don't know if they've ever had someone who has been controversial," Nilsson says. "I don't feel like I did anything wrong, but people dislike me. I don't really get that but it's true. So I'm super grateful."

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In This Week's PEOPLE – Bachelor Chris Soules: 'Whitney Is My Soulmate'

Update 03/10/2015 10:10 AM Originally posted 03/09/2015 10:10 PM

Bachelor Chris Soules: 'Whitney Bischoff Is My Soulmate'

PEOPLE Exclusive: The Bachelor's Chris Soules and fiancée Whitney Bischoff open up about their small-town life together – and starting a family! Subscribe now for instant access to their plans for beating the odds and making love last.

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The Bachelor's Chris Soules on Dancing with the Stars: 'I'm Going to Prove That Farmers Can Dance!' (VIDEO) | Chris Soules

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PEOPLE Exclusive: The Bachelor's Chris Soules and fiancée Whitney Bischoff open up about their small-town life together – and starting a family! Subscribe now for instant access to their plans for beating the odds and making love last.

He found his true love in fiancée Whitney Bischoff, and now The Bachelor's Chris Soules has another life goal in mind after personally announcing on Tuesday's Good Morning America that he's joining the cast of Dancing with the Stars.

"I think the assumption is farmers don't dance and that I'm going to go out there and look like a complete idiot," he tells PEOPLE. "I'm going to try to prove that farmers can dance!"

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The Bachelor Runner-Up: I Couldn't Lie About My Feelings

Originally posted 03/10/2015 08:50 AM

The Bachelor's Becca Tilley: I Couldn't Lie About My Feelings | The Bachelor

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PEOPLE Exclusive: The Bachelor's Chris Soules and fiancée Whitney Bischoff open up about their small-town life together – and starting a family! Subscribe now for instant access to their plans for beating the odds and making love last.

In perhaps the most civil breakup in Bachelor history, Chris Soules said goodbye to sweet chiropractic assistant Becca Tilley with nary a tear or snide comment in sight – and that's definitely how she wanted it.

"I knew going into the day that I wasn't going to be able to say what Chris needed to hear for him to choose me," Tilley says. "I was preparing myself the night before for what was going to happen."

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Is Kaitlyn or Britt the Next Bachelorette?

Originally posted 03/09/2015 11:05 PM

Is Kaitlyn or Britt the Next Bachelorette?

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PEOPLE Exclusive: The Bachelor's Chris Soules and fiancée Whitney Bischoff open up about their small-town life together – and starting a family! Subscribe now for instant access to their plans for beating the odds and making love last.

So … who's the next Bachelorette?

Stop reading now if you don't want spoilers about Monday's finale of The Bachelor or who will be handing out the roses on the next season of The Bachelorette.

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The Bachelor Finale Recap: How Chris Soules Made 'One of the Toughest Decisions' of His Life

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PEOPLE Exclusive: The Bachelor's Chris Soules and fiancée Whitney Bischoff open up about their small-town life together – and starting a family! Subscribe now for instant access to their plans for beating the odds and making love last.

After two long but endlessly entertaining months, Prince Farming has finally chosen a bride-to-be.

Stop reading now to avoid spoilers.

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What's Life in Arlington Like with The Bachelor's Chris Soules?

Update 03/09/2015 12:05 PM Originally posted 03/09/2015 07:00 AM

What's Life in Arlington Like with The Bachelor's Chris Soules?

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PEOPLE Exclusive: The Bachelor's Chris Soules and fiancée Whitney Bischoff open up about their small-town life together – and starting a family! Subscribe now for instant access to their plans for beating the odds and making love last.

After a dramatic season filled with tears and lots of kissing, Bachelor Nation will finally find out Monday night which woman Chris Soules has chosen to share his life in Iowa.

Will it be sweet and reserved virgin Becca Tilley, or bubbly fertility nurse Whitney Bischoff?

To tide us over until then, we're imagining – much like the women this season on ABC's hit reality show – how life would change if Prince Farming brought us back as his future bride to his teeny-tiny hometown of Arlington (pop. 429).

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