• Alyvia Maynard

The Bachelorette Finale

Tayshia Adams, The Bachelorette, ABC


This season of The Bachelorette has been such a whirlwind from COVID, to Clare, to Tayshia. After this week’s finale, viewers finally got the happy ending that they wanted. It was a long road to get there, though. When Tayshia took over as Bachelorette, she had to overcome the idea that she was not who the men were originally there for. Most of the men, though, were very open to getting to know her. Once that hurdle was crossed, there was ongoing drama among the men in the house; namely, Noah and Bennett. After narrowing down the playing field, Tayshia was left with Brendan, Ivan, Ben, and Zac. She met all of their families and seemed torn on who to choose. She said that she could envision a future with each of these men. After the hometown dates, she decided to send Ben home. Ben, who struggled with conveying his feelings, was heartbroken.

After hometowns, Tayshia had the opportunity to invite her final three to a “fantasy suite” date away from the cameras. Both Ivan and Zac’s dates seemed to go well. Brendan, who was also previously divorced, could not take the pressure. After a date spent looking at engagement rings (the producers kind of set him up for failure here), Brendan decided to leave the show. Going into the rose ceremony, Tayshia had two men and two roses to give out...or so she thought.

Ben, who got sent home after hometowns, appeared at Tayshia’s doorstep, unexpectedly, as she was getting ready for the rose ceremony. He came to confess his undying love for her, which was something he wished he had done sooner (what is with people this season coming back after they’ve been eliminated??). Obviously, Tayshia did not know what to say to him at this moment, but she invited him to the rose ceremony. At this point, viewers did not know what Tayshia would do. She had not expressed, to the camera at least, any big issues with her final contestants. That’s why it was so shocking when she pulled Ivan aside and broke up with him due to “religious differences.” I don’t know about you, but I never heard them have this conversation. In fact, I don’t even remember religion getting brought up this whole season at all. But alas, Tayshia now had her final two: Ben and Zac.

Ben and Zac were both able to meet Tayshia’s family. After talking to her family and contemplating her decision, Tayshia knew who she wanted to choose. She decided to send Ben home prior to proposal day (poor guy got broken up with twice in one season). Not to say that Ben isn’t a great guy, but Tayshia probably became afraid of Ben potentially always putting up walls and not communicating with her whenever times are tough.

In what could have been the most emotional proposal ever, Zac proposed to Tayshia and the two are still engaged today. After their first one-on-one taking those mock wedding photos, Zac was very consistent and always there for Tayshia. Zac, who in the past struggled with drug addiction and was also previously married, has learned a lot about himself by overcoming these trials. He was also very clear that he knew the type of person that he wanted to spend his life with, and he knew that person was Tayshia. Stressing the importance of loyalty, Zac promised Tayshia he would “choose her forever.” The two “hailed a taxi” and walked off to start their lives together