The Bachelorette 2018: In The End, Ali Risked It All For Love
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It's been quite a journey to get here, as we watched Ali whittle down her 18 potential suitors to just two, before choosing Taite in a very emotional finale.
In the end, Ali put her heart on the line and risked it all for a shot at real love with Taite.
On their final date, Taite revealed his concerns around Ali's immediate desire for marriage and children, saying that although she was "everything" he wanted, her timeline scared him.
"When I first came into this experience, I was looking to find love," he said. "But all these other things, I didn't think about -- marriage and kids -- and I just feel like I can't commit to that."
Ali said that she needed to know how Taite felt about her and asked him if he loved her.
"I feel like I'm going that way, but I can't say that because I'm so scared because I feel like I'm not just saying 'I love you', I feel like I'm saying more than that. I don't wanna hurt you -- you've been hurt before, I care, honestly, so much for you."
He said that despite his fears, he saw them being together in the real world, but without a timeline on it.
Although Ali was shocked and hurt by Taite's revelations, she soon realised she was in love with Taite, enough to put her timeline aside for a shot at real love with him.
"Today I'm taking a huge risk. Throughout this journey, I've learnt that love isn't just a checklist, it's not just a timeline. Love is complicated, love is compromise, and I can't change the way I feel -- I'm in love with Taite," she said.
After letting down Todd -- who was ready to propose -- Ali shared her feelings with Taite:
"Ever since I met you, I sensed you were a happy energy. I've come in here looking for a partner, not just a boyfriend, someone that I can start a family with, someone that I can call a husband. I'm looking for that right guy. That right guy is gonna make me laugh everyday, that right guy is gonna make me feel safe and that right guy is gonna make me feel like I can take on the world with him.
I've learnt so much about myself and I've learnt so much about love. It's not just about fulfilling one person's dreams. It's about compromise, and it's about sacrifice, and it's about risking it all, and I'm willing to risk the hopes and dreams that I came here with, because I am so in love with you."
Taite was thrilled, and despite Ali thinking that Taite wasn't going to tell her he loved her, he did. He said:
"I'm so, so happy. I came into this journey looking to fall in love and I can honestly say that I've found it with you, and this is like the start of our journey. I wanna make a commitment to you. Ali this ring is a commitment to our life outside this experience, and I can't wait to start it with you. I'm falling, madly, in love with you. I love you, Ali."
A happy ending for all!
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