In the After the Final Rose special following Monday night’s The Bachelor finale, Jake Pavelka and his chosen fiancé Vienna Girardi stepped out for the first time in public as a couple. Adding to the full circle dramatics, fan favorite Ali Fedotowski was named the next Bachelorette.
“It was great to finally say ‘I love you’,” Jake said about finally being able to express his true feelings about Vienna.
“It’s been extremely difficult for me,” Vienna said about the tabloid frenzy surrounding her.
“What I’ve seen written so far has not been the truth,” Jake said, chiming in to defend his fiance. “None of that is true.”
The couple discussed their future plans, which begins with Vienna moving to Dallas “immediately.” They have yet to set a wedding date, hoping to have their families get to know one another more.
“Everything has been blissful,” Jake said in summary. To keep that honeymoon stage going, ABC surprised the two with another trip to St. Lucia and a performance by Jeffrey Osborne singing “On The Wings Of Love.”
Last but not least, host Chris Harrison announced that Ali will be the next Bachelorette. “I am so excited. I am so thrilled, honored, and grateful. I can’t believe it,” she said.
“First, I want 50 guys, not 25,” she joked, before adding: “I am looking for a feeling.” What part is she most looking forward to? The end, when she will finally be with the love of her life.