Millions tuned in to see Jake Pavelka propose to Vienna Girardi on Monday’s season finale of The Bachelor. Most of those millions were pulling for Tenley Molzahn.
In the hours that followed Jake's decision, fans flocked to the Internet, outraged. But Tenley, a 25-year-old college admissions administrator, isn't bitter herself.
That's just not who Tenley Molzahn is.
“I’m feeling good,” she says. “I have a lot of peace with Jake’s decision.” Molzahn talked with People yesterday about The Bachelor. Excerpts appear below ...
On her final rejection by Jake: "It was a very startling moment for me. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye because that relationship, that friendship was over."
On Vienna Girardi: "I actually didn’t ever get to know Vienna. In the mansion we stayed on different sides of the house. If Jake found something in Vienna that he is so in love with, then I’m happy for them. If they love each other, well, good for them."
What could've been: Bachelor finalist Tenley Molzahn and Jake Pavelka.
On her fan favorite status: "Some people might be disappointed, but I hope they get over it knowing I’ve been walking around so happy and beaming. The Bachelor experience was just what I needed. To fall in love with Jake is what I needed."
On people's reactions since the finale: "It gets really emotional, actually. People come up to me at the store or Starbucks or where I work on a college campus and just hug me. I’ve had women cry, and tell me my story has resonated with them."
On her dating status: "I have not been dating since I got home."
On having no Bachelor regrets: "I will always appreciate the whole experience with Jake because he helped me feel confident, helped me dream again, helped me find what I need to keep alive when I meet that man I’m supposed to be with."
We hope you do find him soon, girl. We hope you find him soon.
Will Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi last?