Desiree Hartsock concluded season nine of ABC's "The Bachelorette" Monday night by choosing Chris Siegfried -- rapidly recovering from her professed heartbreak over fellow finalist Brooks Forester's voluntary departure.
"For it to change so drastically is hard to accept," Hartsock told the camera, "but sometimes life is hard to accept."
In last week's part one of the two-part finale, Forester, a sales representative for a Utah marketing company, confessed to Hartsock he was not in love with her. She responded that she loved him and said, "You're the only one I could see [myself] with."
With Forester gone, Hartsock had a horse-riding date with Phoenix, Ariz., marketing-company employee Drew Kenney, one of the two remaining finalists, but realized they had no chemistry and sent him home.
After sailing with Siegfried on a catamaran, however, she toasted that Seattle mortgage broker with a raised champagne glass, calling him "the greatest man I've ever known."
During Siegfried's proposal, Hartsock acknowledged having been in love with Forester, but now said that that had simply kept her from seeing "that the one thing I always needed was right in front of me. . . . You mean the absolute world to me."
Moments later she accepted his proposal.
Former soccer player Juan Pablo Galavis was revealed as the next "Bachelor."