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Ashley Hebert’s Finale Blog: Saying Goodbye to Ben Was the Hardest Thing She’s Ever Done

Bachelorette viewers may have noticed that JP Rosenbaum had a lot more to say at the final rose ceremony than Season 7 rosemistress Ashley Hebert. Well, that’s ‘cause the editors chopped some stuff out. And it’s probably for the best.

“Watching the proposal and all that followed I have a couple things to say,” Ashley writes in her final Bachelorette blog for “One, I completely fumbled over my words when I was trying to tell JP how much I loved him at the proposal. He says it's a moment that he will never forget, and he wishes everyone had been able to see it. It was pretty hilarious. And two, the montage brought tears to both of our eyes. We are so grateful to have our love story documented for the world to see, and want to thank everyone for the support and love.”

So sweet! However, we all know it wasn’t a completely happy day. Here’s Ashley with more on how it felt to dump runner-up Ben Flajnik.

“You would think that the hardest part about this was trying to figure out who you loved but in the end, the hardest part was trying to figure out how to say goodbye to someone you really care about. Once I knew I would be saying goodbye to Ben, I didn't know how to act. My heart ached knowing that I would be causing heartbreak to someone. I've always preferred being broken up with than having to do it. … As Ben walked up, I did not know what to say, or how to act. I was speechless. Having to say goodbye to Ben was the hardest thing I've probably ever done in my life. And his reaction was certainly not what I expected. Then again, in a situation like this, you never know what to expect. I felt awful. It killed me to know I hurt him as much I did. I thought, how could I go ahead and find such happiness on a day that I caused Ben so much pain? I knew I had to clear my mind and refocus my energy on JP. I wanted that day to be the most romantic day of my life. I knew as soon as I saw JP's gorgeous smile, all would be well. And it certainly was!”

Yay, we’re back to sweet. Read the full blog for more of Ashley’s final thoughts on the season.


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08.3.2011 / 11:08 PM EDT by Gina Carbone
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