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The Bachelorette: Katie Thurston picks Blake Moynes over Justin Glaze in the Season 17 finale

Katie Thurston found her person in Blake Moynes, choosing him over Justin Glaze in the emotional Season 17 finale of The Bachelorette on Monday night.

After promising all season that she would only say ‘I love you’ to one person, she uttered those words to Moynes, 30, a wildlife manager from Hamilton, Ontario Canada during their overnight date, before going to the fantasy suite.

Unfortunately for Glaze, 26, an investment sales consultant from Ellicott City, Maryland, that overnight date came the day before his, as she told him the next day that she was in love with Blake and it was over between them. 

While Justin seemed hesitant heading into the final day, he ultimately got down on one knee and proposed to Katie, which she accepted. 

Chosen one: Katie Thurston found her person in Blake Moynes, choosing him over Justin Glaze in the emotional Season 17 finale of The Bachelorette on Monday night

Proposal: After promising all season that she would only say 'I love you' to one person, she uttered those words to Moynes, 30, a wildlife manager from Hamilton, Ontario Canada during their overnight date, before going to the fantasy suite

Proposal: After promising all season that she would only say ‘I love you’ to one person, she uttered those words to Moynes, 30, a wildlife manager from Hamilton, Ontario Canada during their overnight date, before going to the fantasy suite

Justin: Unfortunately for Glaze, 26, an investment sales consultant from Ellicott City, Maryland , that overnight date came the day before his, as she told him the next day that she was in love with Blake and it was over between them

Justin: Unfortunately for Glaze, 26, an investment sales consultant from Ellicott City, Maryland , that overnight date came the day before his, as she told him the next day that she was in love with Blake and it was over between them

The rock: While Justin seemed hesitant heading into the final day, he ultimately got down on one knee and proposed to Katie, which she accepted

The rock: While Justin seemed hesitant heading into the final day, he ultimately got down on one knee and proposed to Katie, which she accepted

‘It’s scary to say because I promised myself that I wouldn’t say it to anybody unless I was sure. I f**king love you, and I’m really excited about life with you,’ Blake said.

‘Wow. I’m speechless because as you’re talking about love and sharing it, I’m relating. Like yes, I haven’t said it to anybody. I’ve held that close. It is a big deal. It’s a huge word. As much as I want to be stubborn and just like you, it’s scary and it’s crazy, but I f***ing love you so much. And I couldn’t be happier that you’re here,’ Katie added.

‘I get to go into the fantasy suite with a guy that I love. I have not felt this happy in a long time. All I ever wanted was to find someone that loves me exactly as I am. I feel like he completes me,’ Katie said in confessional.

Scary: 'It's scary to say because I promised myself that I wouldn't say it to anybody unless I was sure. I f**king love you, and I'm really excited about life with you,' Blake said

Scary: ‘It’s scary to say because I promised myself that I wouldn’t say it to anybody unless I was sure. I f**king love you, and I’m really excited about life with you,’ Blake said

Speechless: 'Wow. I'm speechless because as you're talking about love and sharing it, I'm relating. Like yes, I haven't said it to anybody. I've held that close. It is a big deal. It's a huge word. As much as I want to be stubborn and just like you, it's scary and it's crazy, but I f***ing love you so much. And I couldn't be happier that you're here,' Katie added

Speechless: ‘Wow. I’m speechless because as you’re talking about love and sharing it, I’m relating. Like yes, I haven’t said it to anybody. I’ve held that close. It is a big deal. It’s a huge word. As much as I want to be stubborn and just like you, it’s scary and it’s crazy, but I f***ing love you so much. And I couldn’t be happier that you’re here,’ Katie added

Confession: 'I get to go into the fantasy suite with a guy that I love. I have not felt this happy in a long time. All I ever wanted was to find someone that loves me exactly as I am. I feel like he completes me,' Katie said in confessional

Confession: ‘I get to go into the fantasy suite with a guy that I love. I have not felt this happy in a long time. All I ever wanted was to find someone that loves me exactly as I am. I feel like he completes me,’ Katie said in confessional

As Blake walked up to meet Katie, she told him that would be forever thankful that he fought to be on this show. She told them that their chemistry was instant and that the night he told her he loved her changed her life forever. 

She told him that she couldn’t wait for their journey to begin. Blake told her that he felt like they were dreaming and living a fairytale.

‘With you I honestly knew,’ Blake told her. ‘But I can’t give you what you came here for because you deserve a lot more than that…I’m excited to support you and be there for you every day moving forward.’

Blake then got down on one knee and proposed. Katie said yes and they hugged and kissed. Katie then gave him the final rose which he accepted.

Instant: As Blake walked up to meet Katie, she told him that would be forever thankful that he fought to be on this show. She told them that their chemistry was instant and that the night he told her he loved her changed her life forever

Instant: As Blake walked up to meet Katie, she told him that would be forever thankful that he fought to be on this show. She told them that their chemistry was instant and that the night he told her he loved her changed her life forever

Fairytale: She told him that she couldn't wait for their journey to begin. Blake told her that he felt like they were dreaming and living a fairytale

Fairytale: She told him that she couldn’t wait for their journey to begin. Blake told her that he felt like they were dreaming and living a fairytale

One knee: Blake then got down on one knee and proposed. Katie said yes and they hugged and kissed. Katie then gave him the final rose which he accepted

One knee: Blake then got down on one knee and proposed. Katie said yes and they hugged and kissed. Katie then gave him the final rose which he accepted

‘This is the start of forever, honey,’ Katie told Blake. They both then got on waiting horses and rode off.

But Blake’s proposal to Katie was far from the only dramatic twist on Monday night’s episode.

The show opened with co-host Tayshia Adams, 30, telling a live studio audience that Katie had officially quit the show after Greg Grippo, 27,a marketing sales rep from Edison, NJ, Katie’s self-proclaimed ‘front runner,’ walked off the show. 

Start of forever: 'This is the start of forever, honey,' Katie told Blake. They both then got on waiting horses and rode off

Start of forever: ‘This is the start of forever, honey,’ Katie told Blake. They both then got on waiting horses and rode off

More drama: But Blake's proposal to Katie was far from the only dramatic twist on Monday night's episode

More drama: But Blake’s proposal to Katie was far from the only dramatic twist on Monday night’s episode

Co-hosts: The show opened with co-host Tayshia Adams, 30, telling a live studio audience that Katie had officially quit the show after Greg Grippo, 27,a marketing sales rep from Edison, NJ, Katie's self-proclaimed 'front runner,' walked off the show

Co-hosts: The show opened with co-host Tayshia Adams, 30, telling a live studio audience that Katie had officially quit the show after Greg Grippo, 27,a marketing sales rep from Edison, NJ, Katie’s self-proclaimed ‘front runner,’ walked off the show

Katie had locked herself in the bathroom and demanded the show book her a plane flight home. After he left, Katie said in a confessional that the love she had for Greg was ‘real which is why today is so f**king heartbreaking.’

Katie watched with the live studio audience watching the playback of what happened. She said that when it happened she was ‘defeated.’

 She said it had her questioning everything. She said she questioned whether it was worth continuing. She said in the moment that she blamed herself for Greg leaving

‘I’m literally on my knees begging this man to stay and he’s telling me that’s not good enough,’ Katie said. ‘You start to question yourself and you’re worth.’

Heartbreaking: Katie had locked herself in the bathroom and demanded the show book her a plane flight home. After he left, Katie said in a confessional that the love she had for Greg was 'real which is why today is so f**king heartbreaking'

Heartbreaking: Katie had locked herself in the bathroom and demanded the show book her a plane flight home. After he left, Katie said in a confessional that the love she had for Greg was ‘real which is why today is so f**king heartbreaking’

Defeated: Katie watched with the live studio audience watching the playback of what happened. She said that when it happened she was 'defeated'

Defeated: Katie watched with the live studio audience watching the playback of what happened. She said that when it happened she was ‘defeated’

She said she didn’t know how to handle whatever her next step would be. Show co-host Kaitlyn Bristowe, 36, told Katie that Greg was also at the live show. 

She asked Katie if she had spoken to him since their goodbye. Katie said she hadn’t and that she didn’t know what she would say to him.

‘There is part of me that has this anger and sadness,’ Katie said. ‘It’s disappointing to see the way I was spoken to when I am trying to understand and communicate and save our relationship and to watch him talk down to me and twice walk away from me. That’s not a man.’

The show then picked up with Katie the day after Greg left struggling to pick up the pieces after having her heart broken. Blake and Justin Glaze, 26 and investment sales consultant from Baltimore, MD, the only two remaining contestants on the show, discussed that they didn’t know what was going on.

Tayshia and Kaitlyn talked then to Blake and Justin and told them that Greg left. Tayshia told them the good news that they both now had the chance to spend uninterrupted quality time with Katie. Blake and Justin were stunned.

Katie ultimately decided to stay. She had her first overnight fantasy suite date with Blake. She jumped on him when she saw him and they made out. She said she planned a fun day for them which included throwing paint balloons at each followed by a hot tub where they drank champagne. Katie told Blake about what happened. She told him about how both Michael and Greg left. She told him that there was a part of her that wanted to quit, but she decided that she wanted to continue to go through with it. After she told him, Blake started kissing Katie and they made out in the hot tub.

In his confessional, Blake said he was concerned about Katie’s revelations about Greg. He said that he loved Katie, but that if she was still hung up on Greg that there was no point in getting engaged. Blake said he was planning to tell Katie that he loved her at the fantasy suite, but that he was worried what would happen if she did not reciprocate.

That night, he told Katie that he would never tell her that he loved her and then get up and leave. He said he didn’t play games with love. He said he would only share that word with a handful of people. He said seeing her with his family was pivotal for him. Blake said during that hometown when they were playing hockey at the end of the night and she scored a goal that he realized ‘f**k I love her.’

Katie said nothing and just looked at him. Blake told her it was scary to say but then blurted out ‘I love you and I’m f**king really excited about life with you.’

Katie told him ‘I’m speechless.’ She told him that ‘I f**king love you so much and I couldn’t be happier that you are here.’

They kissed and Katie told him ‘I’m so glad.’ Katie then gave Blake a card about the option for them to go together to the fantasy suite. The two then fed each other dessert. They started kissing on the bed in the room. The next morning they woke up together in bed.

Katie said in a confessional that had not been this happy in a long time and felt that Blake completes her. Blake said in his confessional that Katie was everything that he ever wanted and that ‘I know that she is my person.’ He said he knew that he was walking out the show with his fiancé.

Blake brought in their breakfast trays the next morning and they ate breakfast in bed.

Katie said in a confessional that they both wanted to walk away with each other in the end. She told Blake outside the room when they were leaving that this was the happiest she had been in a long time.

‘Me too,’ Blake said. ‘I love you.’

‘I love you too, ‘ Katie said.

Back in her room Katie told Kaitlyn that she was ‘plenty satisfied many times.’ Kaitlyn told her she was very happy for her. Katie told her it was ‘the best day of my life.’ She said her heart ‘officially belongs to Blake.’

Meanwhile, Justin was getting ready for his date with Katie. He said they can spend true quality time together and start to discuss their future if things go well. He said he loved Katie and was ready to take the next step with her. Katie met him though and asked him immediately if they could talk. She told him about how Greg left and that it was tough for her to handle and that she even considered quitting.

She told him she was looking forward to today, but wanted him to know that she had just told Blake during their overnight that she was falling in love with him. Justin was stunned.

‘That is something I can only say to one person,’ Katie said. ‘Given how I now feel about Blake, knowing that I am in love with him, it wouldn’t make sense to have us move forward and go on this date.’

Justin was hurt and said ‘it’s not a fun place to be.’ Katie told him that he was a great man and would be a great father. She told him that she was sorry, but that she cared about him so much that ‘I couldn’t. I really couldn’t.’ A car pulled up and Justin got in it and drove off.

‘It’s hard,’ Justin said in the car. ‘It hurts, man.’

When the show returned, Justin was on the stage at the live show. He told Tayshia that watching the playback was hurtful for him. He said ‘for it to all come to a screeching halt your heart just gets stepped on.’ Justin said he tried not to think of Katie’s relationship with the other men. He said when it was just him and Blake at the end that he wondered if he was just there by default because the other guys left. He said he didn’t feel that Katie gave him a fair shot.

Katie then came out and hugged Justin. Justin started crying when he saw her. He said he had some questions for her after watching things back. He said at times that he felt that he was just there by default. Katie told him that he was there for a reason. She said there were a lot of unseen moments that they shared.

Back in New Mexico, Blake was nervous to finally be meeting Katie’s family. Katie’s Mom and Aunt came to meet Blake. Katie’s Mom quizzed Blake about where he lived and what he did for work. Lindsey Katie’s aunt took Blake aside and wanted to know why he wanted to go on this season when he ‘flunked out’ on the other ones. Blake said he came on just for Katie. He told her that they clicked. Lindsey wanted to know if Blake wanted to marry Katie.

‘You better be secure as f**k coming into our family because at the end of the day you are here because we want you here not because we need you here,’ Lindsey told him.

Meanwhile, Katie’s mother told her it was super important not to need someone. She said it isn’t part of their family’s foundation to rely on a male at all. Lindsey then asked Katie ‘so what makes you want the beard?’ Katie told her ‘we really aren’t worried.’

Katie’s mother then quizzed Blake and wanted to know if he was ready to propose to her and ready to move in with her. He told her that ‘I love your daughter’ and that ‘I don’t want to f**k that up.’

‘She seems so happy and that’s all that matters to a parent,’ she said.

Blake said after meeting Katie’s family he was ‘stressed out.’

Later that night, Katie got Blake for their last date. She took him to meet with a New Mexico healer who had them write their fears and insecurities on a piece of paper and then place them in a fire pit and burn them away. They each read their insecurities to each other. Blake read to her that she had eliminated his fears over commitment. Katie read to him she wanted to let go of the fear of abandonment and her fear of being alone. They then both picked up torches to burn an effigy.

She said in a confessional that she was at a point where she can’t picture her life without Blake. She hoped ‘he feels the same way.’

The next day, Tayshia called Neil Lane, the jeweler, and told him to be ready with some rings. Katie woke up and was sure that Blake was the missing piece from her life. Tayshia took the Neil Lane rings to Blake to have him choose one. While he was looking at the rings, Blake felt very unsure.

He said in a confessional that he loved Katie but that as the time was getting closer it was getting scarier. While looking at rings, Blake got up and told Tayshia that he needed a minute. He said in a confessional that his head ‘feels like scrambled eggs and I don’t know if I am going to be able to do this.’ Tayshia said if wasn’t ready to get engaged that he needed to let Katie go.

Katie meanwhile put on a gown and got in a car. She said that she had zero doubts that she was leaving with a ring. Katie’s legs were shaking in the car. ‘This is it,’ she said. ‘Blake someone I want in my life forever starting today.’ The car stopped and she got out and walked down a path alone. ‘Would a thousand percent say yes to Blake if he proposed.’

She stood on a platform waiting for him. Blake drove to meet her. He said he loved Katie but ‘I just want to breathe and I feel I can’t.’ Blake got out of the car and told Tayshia and Kaitlyn that he was freaking out right but eventually proposed to Katie.

Back at the show with the live audience, Greg came out to talk about his side of the story. Greg told Tayshia and Kaitlyn that there was a clear disconnect between him and Katie. He said he had no regrets and that he wouldn’t do anything differently. Katie came out tense.

She said that she didn’t think that Greg even planned to get engaged. She said he did a 180 and was just looking for a perfect escape. Katie said he spoke down to her and she didn’t even think he knew what love was. Greg told her had a clear intention to get engaged and he was so glad that she found her person.

‘But that doesn’t take away the anger that I had watching this back and seeing the way you treated me using me to get the experience, the exposure, dare I say the acting practice at my expense,’ Katie told him.

Greg told her that he’s not ‘Meryl Streep.’

Katie said she had been hearing that Greg was an actor and that she accused him of acting with her. Katie yelled at him for running when things got uncomfortable.

‘If you think that is love you don’t know what love is,’ she told him. Katie accused him of being rude and of ‘gas lighting’ her.

Greg told her ‘that’s not the truth at all.’ Greg told her that he was sorry she felt like that and that it was a tough environment to be in.

Katie said she gave Greg validation every week and that ‘he had the nerve to look down on me and say I deserve more.’

Greg told her he was sorry that she questioned his integrity. He said he didn’t know he would find such happiness with her in the moment where he was falling in love with her. He said he got scared by the terminology that she was using.

‘I felt that you were playing the bachelorette role with me instead of just being Katie,’ Greg said. He said he also wanted someone to be certain about him on his end.

Katie still didn’t believe that he was being honest. Greg said he shouldn’t have to ask the woman that he wanted to marry how she felt. ‘I know you are the bachelorette but that doesn’t put you any higher or me any lower,’Greg said. ‘I emptied my heart out to you on that couch and all I got was a pat on the back. I just wanted something real at the end of the day. I just wanted it to be a two way street.’

Greg said it was him at the end that Katie would have stopped in and ‘I knew that.’

Katie told him ‘I had three relationships going on. You keep saying I was playing the role as the bachelorette, but I am the bachelorette and there are relationships that are forming.’

She said when Greg left, so did all her feelings for him. Greg wished her nothing but the best.

Next Blake joined Katie making their first official public appearance as a couple. Katie said her family was finding out by watching the show that she was engaged. She said she didn’t trust them to keep a secret. Katie said she is just so excited for them to start their lives together. Blake said he had this crazy intuition that they would hit it off which is why he fought to get on the show. Katie said she was glad that Blake took the time to take it seriously.

‘It just makes it that much more special that he meant it,’ Katie said. ‘A 1,000 percent it was all worth it.’

In the end, the audience held up boom boxes and Katie and Blake slowly danced as rose petals fell from the ceiling.


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