While all eyes are on Sean Lowe and his fiancee Catherine Giudici
or perhaps new Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock
, I decided to make Lindsay Yenter, the woman who got rejected on Monday's Bachelor
finale, the subject of this week's blog. Not surprisingly, most reality stars from the franchise also have something to say about Sean's runner-up, particularly her heartbreaking rejection.
When Sean told Lindsay that he had chosen Catherine over her, an emotional Lindsay handled the situation with class and dignity by wishing Sean luck and saying that she was happy for him. Still it was obvious that she was truly hurt and, unfortunately, Sean telling Lindsay that he loves her didn't help at all. A lot of people felt Lindsay's pain but some people can't help but think that Sean could have handled the rejection better.
Host Chris Harrison:
"I'm interested to know your thoughts on how Sean continued to try to explain how much he loved her and how much he cared for her. It was really important for him that she knew how hard that moment was for him... Do you think he went too far in telling Lindsay he loved her and repeatedly telling her how tough this was on him? Lindsay was obviously blindsided by this, and as you saw last night, even though she's doing great, there are still raw emotions and hurt feelings."
Bachelorette season 6 star Ali Fedotwosky:
"I'm torn by the fact that Sean told Lindsay he loved her. I don't think he should have said that. But I'm sure it was such a confusing time in his life. It wasn't for me (I knew who I wanted to pick early on), but that doesn't mean it wasn't really hard for him. Not only did that have to be hard for Lindsay to hear, but what about Catherine? Knowing that her fiancÃ© said I love you to another woman moments before proposing to her? I'm sure that's something Sean and Catherine have discussed and worked through."
Bachelorette season 8 runner-up Arie Luyendyk:
"Lindsay asked what every girl thinks but doesn't say and I loved her for it. 'Was it me?' she painfully said as he let her go, and my heart broke for her. In that moment, your heart feels like it has tied itself into a knot. The breath leaves your lungs and all of a sudden the life you pictured vanishes and you're left with a huge amount of emptiness that is so hard to explain. I wanted to jump though the TV screen and give her a huge hug. I've been there, but standing up on the alter makes it that much more intense. Sean was more crushed to let Lindsay go than when Emily broke up with him. I could see that was extremely hard for him, but, sadly, that doesn't make it any easier."
Bachelor season 17 star Sean Lowe:
"I loved her strength, I loved her heart, I loved her compassion and I loved being around her. But I still wasn't sure she would be my wife one day... Yes, I loved Lindsay, but I was in love with Catherine. I knew that I never wanted to say goodbye to Catherine and I wanted to spend the rest of my life loving her. Without a shadow of doubt, watching Lindsay walk towards me - and then having to explain to her that she's not the woman I wanted - was the most difficult thing I've ever done in my life. I had no explanation for her other than my heart was leading me to Catherine."
Do you think Sean could have handled Lindsay's rejection better?
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