WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD! Do not read on if you haven’t seen The Bachelor Season 21 finale.
Montreal native Vanessa Grimaldi has become the first Canadian woman to ever “win” The Bachelor.
Nick Viall, appearing on the reality show for the fourth time (it was his first attempt as The Bachelor) selected Grimaldi after weeks of dating, drama and tears. The pair got engaged in the finale’s last minutes.
Since the show was already completed, the couple had to keep their engagement secret, but as soon as they were able to spill the beans, Viall, 36, was quick to post a photo with his new fiancée on Twitter.
— Nick Viall (@viallnicholas28) March 14, 2017
Grimaldi, 29, also shared the happy news on her Instagram page.
The finalists spent some time in Finland, where Viall had to bid farewell to runner-up Raven Gates before he could propose to Grimaldi.
“As much as I cared about Raven, I felt like the answer became more and more clear that it was Vanessa,” Viall said to People magazine. “I felt like I was fighting my feelings for Vanessa for a long time because there were other women involved. However, once I was kind of able and free to kind of make my choice, I felt like my heart knew for a while.”
As viewers of this season’s The Bachelor are aware, Grimaldi doubted the strength of Viall’s feelings in comparison to his attachment to Gates, and didn’t want to come second-place.
“I don’t know if something had shifted in his relationship with Raven, so there were doubts in my mind,” Grimaldi said. “I didn’t think any less of my relationship with Nick. I knew that what we had was special. Going into proposal I was hoping that he was going to get down on one knee and he did!”
One of the biggest questions after the proposal was whether or not Grimaldi would be leaving Montreal, since her entire network, family and career (she’s a special education teacher) are deeply rooted in Quebec. Viall currently lives in Los Angeles.
On After the Final Rose (the follow-up special post-finale), Grimaldi conceded that the pair has been doing the “long-distance thing,” and she will most likely be moving to be with Viall.
Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in their second public appearance together, the couple seemed hesitant when it came down to making concrete decisions.
“She’s Canadian, so we have to figure that stuff out,” said Viall. “She’s going to be spending as much time as possible out in L.A., where I am currently living. She’s working it out.”
The so-called “Bachelor Nation” — fans across the world who dissect every twist and turn of the reality show — weren’t pleased with Viall’s choice. The majority of the audience supported Gates for the win over Grimaldi, as was apparent on Twitter Monday night.
Biggest. Mistake. Ever. #TheBachelorFinale
— Emma (@emmmmmerss) March 14, 2017
Raven: I love u. I wanna be with u
Vanessa:Im kinda crazy & emotional. Not sure about us
Nick:Vanessa, will u marry me? #TheBachelorFinale
— Roy Tapia (@rtapia24) March 14, 2017
— Carley Ladner✞ (@CarleyElise24) March 14, 2017
— Taylor ❤️ (@tnttaytay) March 14, 2017
— SHERI WILKS RABB (@rabbstock) March 14, 2017
Others were more supportive of the new pair, but they were in the vast minority. Some pointedly referred to Viall’s past Bachelor loves, Andi Dorfman and Kaitlyn Bristowe (another Canadian), saying that he has a definite type.
I mean he kissed her right after she barfed…if that's not true love I don't know what is #TheBachelorFinale
— Karla Swanson (@karlaswanson) March 14, 2017
— lyssa kaiser (@KaiserAlyssa) March 14, 2017
The 21st season of The Bachelor came to a close on Monday night, and the 13th season of The Bachelorette is set to start up in late May. For the first time in the show’s history, an African-American woman, Rachel Lindsay, will be the show’s Bachelorette looking for love.