‘The Bachelorette’ Finale Recap: Rachel Recchia Engaged To
The Bachelorette‘s “brutal” Season 19 is finally over, so there’s just one question left: Did Rachel Recchia or Gabby Windey get engaged?
The second half of the two-part Bachelorette finale and an After The Final Rose special aired back-to-back on Tuesday night, giving viewers some long-awaited answers. The three-hour emotional roller coaster was packed with tears, heartbreak, quality Rachel and Gabby reunions, and apologies. But did anyone actually get down on one knee? Let’s recap!
In Part 1 of the finale, Rachel said goodbye to fan-favorite contestant and Patrick Warburton’s nephew, Zach Shallcross. She also shared an emotional farewell with Aven Jones, one of her final two guys. At times, it seemed like Rachel and Aven were going to be endgame, but after learning he wasn’t ready to get engaged at the end of the show, she made the difficult decision to let him go. Meanwhile, Gabby said goodbye to Johnny DePhillipo and Jason Alabaster during Fantasy Suites. Neither of those men were ready to be engaged either, which signals it might be time to rethink the show structure!
Going into the finale, Rachel’s remaining man was Tino Franco, a 28-year-old general contractor from California. And Gabby’s final guy was Erich Schwer, a 29-year-old real estate agent from New Jersey. For a few moments, it seemed like the second half of the finale would be smooth sailing, but an emotional promo video showed Erich revealing engagement anxiety and both Rachel and Tino breaking down in tears for reasons unknown. After a tumultuous season did Rachel or Gabby get engaged? Are Rachel and Tino or Gabby and Erich still together? And were Reality Steve’s predictions for the season’s conclusion correct? We’ve got all the answers you need below. Buckle up, Bachelorette fans!
Did Rachel Recchia Get Engaged to Tino Franco on The Bachelorette?
Yes! At the end of The Bachelorette Season 19, Tino Franco proposed to Rachel Recchia and she accepted. The two got engaged in Mexico and after the televised proposal they carried on the post-show tradition of keeping their relationship under wraps. But are Rachel and Tino still together today? We’ll get to that in a second.
Are Rachel and Tino Still Together?
After their engagement, Rachel and Tino regularly met up during the franchise’s “Happy Couple Weekends.” Prior to the finale, Reality Steve claimed Rachel and Tino broke up after she asked to call off their engagement and continue dating. Reality Steve explained that after Rachel called the engagement off “this is when the relationship was murky, communication was poor, and during a night out, Tino kissed another girl. There wasn’t sex, and it wasn’t an ongoing thing.”
During the live finale, Rachel explained that she was “going through a difficult time” with Tino after filming and wasn’t feeling support from him. She told Jesse Palmer that they put in the work and she thought they were back on track, but a few weeks after they reached a good place he “brought forth some concerns about relationships from the past coming forward and alluded to some things.” Rachel explained that Tino didn’t want to tell her, but she eventually learned he cheated on her and she called it quits for good. Rachel also claims that Tino asked her not to tell anyone he cheated on her. Come on, bro!
ABC showed raw footage of Rachel and Tino having a tough conversation during a “Happy Couple Weekend,” and Tino tells Rachel, “I messed up and I kissed another girl, but the second I did I knew I belonged with you.” He said the kiss was “the tiniest thing ever” and that it happened with a girl he started talking to before filming. They allegedly never went on a date, but after the show ended they ran into each other at a bar and caught up. Tino then pulled out his “journal” and started reading hurtful comments that Rachel made ahead of the premiere, which I guess made him feel he was in a place where he could kiss another girl??? My guy, no!
He assured Rachel the kiss was “a one-time mistake,” to which she replied, “It’s not a mistake. You made a conscious choice…” The conversation that followed was quite frankly a mess (on Tino’s part) and it ended with Rachel taking off her ring and taking a well-deserved swig of water. During the live finale Tino walked out to a chorus of booing and apologized again. It…didn’t go well. Again. They remain broken up. Obviously. But a surprise guest came to spice things up.
With Tino still on stage Rachel’s ex Aven arrived and said, “This is tough and you don’t deserve any of this. I was wondering if you wanted to get out of here and catch up?” Rachel replied, “I would love nothing more.” And the two left together.
Did Gabby Windey Get Engaged to Erich Schwer on The Bachelorette?
After Erich revealed his engagement hesitations to Gabby, the two struggled to get on the same page towards the end of Part 1 and the beginning of Part 2 of the finale. However, they did end up leaving the show as a couple, and they did get engaged! Woo! So are Gabby and Erich are still going strong?
Are Gabby and Erich Still Together?
In the weeks leading up to The Bachelorette finale, Erich came under fire online for an old high school yearbook photo that showed him in blackface dressed as Jimi Hendrix. The contestant released an apology on Instagram, but found himself in hot water again after an ex leaked texts he’d sent her ahead of filming. The messages revealed that Erich broke things off with his ex to go on the show, and they also showed he thought of the reality series as more of a career opportunity than a chance to find lasting love. Reality Steve also spoke to Erich’s ex on his podcast, and he questioned whether or not Gabby was still with him after the DMs were released.
The live finale (and a steamy makeout sesh) proved Gabby and Erich are still very much together!
Was Reality Steve Right About Season 19 of The Bachelorette?
Prior to the finale, Bachelor Nation’s favorite spoiler Reality Steve reported that Rachel and Tino had called it quits after he cheated on her, but that Gabby and Erich were still together. The Season 19 finale and After The Final Rose episode confirmed his intel was correct! Congrats, Reality Steve on another successful season.
How To Watch The Bachelorette Finale Online?
If you missed all the drama live, have no fear. Hulu offers next-day streaming of The Bachelorette, which means the second part of the Season 19 finale will be available on Wednesday, September 21. You can stream The Bachelorette finale on Hulu starting Wednesday at 12:00 a.m. ET and 3:00 a.m. PT. If the episodes don’t appear immediately, stay calm and try refreshing your browser or app.
You’ll need to be a Hulu subscriber in order to watch The Bachelorette finale the day after it airs on ABC. The good news is you’ll have access to the episode with any version of the streaming service. Hulu’s least expensive ad-supported plan costs $6.99 a month (or $69.99 a year), while its ad-free option is $12.99 a month. If you choose to add Live TV to your plan you can select an ad-supported Hulu + Live TV now with Disney+ and ESPN+ bundle for $69.99 a month or go ad-free for $75.99 a month.
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