Though Desiree Hartsock’s big brother Nate acted as the abrasive, overprotective sibling on The Bachelor Season 17, he showed his softer side when he reappeared on The Bachelorette Season 9. Instead of picking apart Desiree’s suitors, the reformed bad boy simply offered his sincere advice. Clearly, he wasn’t there to cause drama — he just wanted to see his only sister find happiness.
So now that Des has given her final rose to winner Chris Siegfried and accepted his marriage proposal, we’re dying to know: Does big brother Nate approve? In an exclusive interview with Wetpaint Entertainment, Nate shares his thoughts.
“I’m really happy for her,” Nate tells Wetpaint. “I’m glad she’s ready to move on from the show and further her life with Chris. All she ever wanted was to have a guy and a family of her own and she’s found that.”
And while for months everyone seemed to think Brooks Forester would prevail as the winner, Nate’s glad he didn’t. “I think Chris is a great guy,” he shares. “His personality is a lot like Des’ — they’re both kindhearted, sweet, tranquil people. I know people got caught up in the Brooks thing, but at the end of the day, he wasn’t that interested in her. It was the same with Sean [Lowe]. I didn’t want to see her end up with him, either.”
The only thing that’s caught Nate off guard? Desiree’s decision to move to Chris’ Seattle home base. “Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great,” Nate says. “I’m just surprised because I thought she was a Cali girl for life. But I support her.”
And he’s not worried that the long distance between Seattle and San Antonio, Texas — where Nate has become an integral part of Living Waters Community Church — will hurt his relationship with Des. “We weren’t all that close as kids,” Nate explains. “But we’ve gotten a lot closer in the past five years. Our relationship now is good, it’s strong.”