Getting their joyful ending. Eric Schwer proposed to Gabby Windey in the course of the season 19 finale of The Bachelorette on Tuesday, September 20.
“When I met you, I, like, immediately was 100 percent myself. I’ve never met anybody that I felt that comfortable with — that deep of a connection. I felt like I really knew you for years,” Erich mentioned. “I didn’t know it, but I had met my soulmate. You finally let your barriers down, and I think our relationship transcended to this insane level. … You literally make me feel like I’m the only person in the world. And I will fight every day for the rest of my life to keep that feeling. I love you, Gabby Windey. You are amazing. You are the most amazing person I’ve ever met. It’s you and me until the wheels fall off. I’m head over heels in love with you, and I want to spend the rest of my life with you.”
Though the New Jersey native was Gabby’s closing suitor heading into the finale, the duo weathered loads of rigidity over the previous a number of weeks. During the September 13 episode, Erich hinted that he wasn’t able to pop the query.
“He said, ‘I want to continue to date you,’ so that doesn’t scream, ‘I want to propose,’” Gabby mentioned close to the top of the finale’s first half. “I don’t want to force him into a decision.” Speaking to producers, she requested: “What am I supposed to do — walk away because he doesn’t want to propose?”
The drama continued off-camera as nicely, with Erich apologizing after a photograph surfaced that confirmed him carrying blackface a number of years in the past.
“I wholeheartedly apologize for the insensitive photo of me in Blackface from my high school yearbook that has been circulating,” he wrote through Instagram on September 8. “What I thought at the time was a representation of my love for Jimi Hendrix, was nothing but ignorance. I was naïve to the hurtful implications of my actions to the Black community and those closest to me, and will forever regret my offensive and damaging behavior. I am deeply ashamed by my actions and understand that my apology is only the first step in taking accountability.”
At the time, Erich was already the final suitor left who was pursuing Gabby. The ICU nurse eradicated Johnny DePhillipo in the course of the September 5 episode after he mentioned he wasn’t able to suggest, whereas Jason Alabaster give up the present after his in a single day date.
Days earlier than the finale, Erich made headlines once more when Amanda Kaylor alleged that he broke up together with her to go on the present. In textual content messages Amanda shared with @BachelorNation.Scoop, Erich allegedly advised his ex that his time on the present wouldn’t be “real.”
The duo allegedly dated from January to March after assembly on Hinge. Amanda claimed that Erich advised her he felt “stuck in my career path” and needed a change, which is why he determined to signal on for the ABC actuality present.
The pair didn’t communicate once more till July — the identical month that season 19 of The Bachelorette premiered. “I am so sorry Amanda, what I did was terrible. I don’t expect you to ever forgive me,” Erich allegedly wrote on July 10. “I just want you to know I think about you all the time and you really deserve the best. I won’t ever forgive myself I hope you find happiness and everything you deserve.”
At the time, neither Gabby nor Erich publicly addressed the allegations.