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She had to three endure months of tears (William Holman), deceitful lies (Bentley Williams), surprise exits (Constantine, Lucas), betrayals (Bentley again) and even criticism from one of her own siblings (Chrystie Corns).

But through it all, Ashley Hebert met J.P. Rosenbaum. For that she is ever grateful.

"I've never looked back for a second on my decision," she says.

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In fact, Ashley credits J.P., who proposed to her in Fiji, with helping her recover from her ill-fated romance with that two-timing ass clown Bentley.

She also says her relationship with the 34-year-old New York construction manager didn't truly begin until The Bachelorette finale had come and gone.

"Our relationship really started after we left the show," she says, despite the secrecy. "The show made us stronger than if we'd met on the outside."

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Okay, Chrystie Corns didn't apologize for being on TLC's Extreme Couponing. There's nothing to apologize for - do you realize how much money you can save?!

Ashley Hebert's sister, who was seriously profiled on that show in its first season, is better known for her performance on The Bachelorette season finale.

More than 9 million viewers tuned in to see Ashley Hebert get engaged to J.P. Rosenbaum, and most of them were thrilled. Chrystie Corns? Not so much.

Chrystie Corns, Ashley Hebert's Sister

"I made a big mistake," Corns says of hastily judging Rosenbaum and curtly telling both of them to their faces that they simply weren't a good match.

Not only did she prefer Ashley Hebert and runner-up Ben Flajnik together, she even said that Brad Womack and Ashley had better chemistry. Ouch.

She has since done a 180, however: "As I started watching the season, however, it's very clear to me that J.P. was the one. He was the best choice."

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J.P. Rosenbaum certainly gave Ashley Hebert - and TV audiences across the country - a happy ending last night when he nervously popped the question.

The 26-year-old dental student from Philadelphia accepted J.P.'s marriage proposal immediately. From a man she calls "my rock," was there ever a doubt?

"We complement each other so well," Hebert said today on Good Morning America, the couple's first, live TV appearance together as an engaged couple.

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Ashley on JP: "He's exactly what I've been looking for."

The couple announced that Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum will soon be living in the same city after she relocates to New York in the near future.

That said, they have no plans to rush down the aisle.

"She's going to move to New York City, finish up school," J.P. said. "We're going to find a place, she'll get a job, we'll get settled and then we're going to talk about a wedding ... Maybe fall of next year, or end of next year."

The Bachelorette season finale is in the books, but for Ashley, 26, and J.P., 34, they feel that only now can their lives can finally begin.

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Following a tearful engagement on The Bachelorette season finale, the question now becomes whether Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum can stand the test of time.

The Bachelor and Bachelorette track records? Not good.

Trista and Ryan Sutter are married with kids. Jason and Molly Mesnick wed last year. Ali Fedotowsky and Roberto Martinez are still happily engaged.

That's about it for the success stories.

Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum

We're not saying they're going to end up like Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi here, but plenty of couples who looked strong and smitten have fizzled fast.

Last night on the After the Final Rose special, the two seemed elated to be reunited, thrilled at the prospect of merely getting to live life openly together.

That's a good sign, and hopefully an indicator that the construction manager and dental student can make this work. Think they can? Vote in our poll ...

Ashley and J.P.: Will it last?

 

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Well, Ashley Hebert? Who's it gonna be? Ben Flajnik or JP Rosenbaum have both won America's heart, and hers. But only one will receive the final rose.

A season marred by one controversy after another all comes down to tonight. Will Ashley get her happy ending? Were The Bachelorette spoilers correct?

Which per-fact man will present the adorable Ashley with a Neil Lane ring (product placement at its best) and whose romantic hopes will be dashed?

THG breaks down The Bachelorette season finale in a LIVE +/- recap!

Ashley Hebert on the Season Finale

Wow, the episode-opening montage already has us feeling bad for whomever Ashley doesn't pick. We have our favorite, but they're both good guys. Plus 9.

Speaking of which ... poor Ames. Minus 3.

Whoa, Kat Von D is guest-starring! Oh, wait, that's Ashley's sister Chrystie. Plus 5, because her family is very real. Too much so to be on this show, almost.

Ashley tells the fam about the "burning passion" she has with J.P. Just what ma and pa want to hear before meeting their daughter's love interest. Minus 4.

Chrystie says Ashley is "a little too much" for "demure" J.P. Minus 7, for being kind of a b!tch, but Plus 5, because she doesn't make terrible points. Just saying.

8:14 p.m. and Ash is a LOSING IT! Plus 3.

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Many memorable castoffs from The Bachelorette, along with Ashley Hebert herself, took the stage in the show's Men Tell All pre-finale special last night.

As expected, there were some fun exchanges, but no real fireworks, with too much time spent on early season figures and Bentley not even showing.

For the latest on tonight's season finale, check out The Bachelorette spoilers we've put together. Now, for THG's +/- Bachelorette Men Tell All recap:

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Chris H.: "This has been one of the most controversial, talked about seasons of The Bachelorette ever." Pretty sure he leads with that every summer. Plus 10.

If you've watched this season, the filler/replayed clips are exhausting. Minus 7.

The bloopers/deleted scenes were fun, however, with Jeff (a.k.a. The Mask) doing chores around the mansion being the best. So domestic! Plus 6.

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At times, she wondered if this was all a mistake. But in the end, The Bachelorette star Ashley Hebert says she found the happy ending she dreamed of.

This summer, we've seen Ashley roasted to her face, ridiculed and jerked around by Bentley Williams, and ditched by two other men late in the season.

Her take on those ups and downs? All's well that ends well.

Sweet Ash

"There were certainly moments where I thought I'd made a mistake agreeing to be the Bachelorette and thought it wasn't going to end well," she said.

"But you come out a stronger person and learn so many things about yourself. Ultimately, I know I did the right thing. I'm so happy, so in love."

"I found a great man. It's going strong – we've been hanging out and talking all the time. I hoped I would leave with this type of relationship."

With the season finale looming Monday night, Hebert is anxious to go public with the identity of the last man standing - but is it Ben or J.P.?

"I'm really ready for this to be over so we can go into the light of day and get on with normal everyday life," the 26-year-old Maine native says.

Who do you think she should pick of the final two?

 

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Welcome to THG Asks, a feature in which two of our celebrity gossip experts debate topical issues in the entertainment world and you decide who wrote the winning argument!

Today, THG Asks: Who should Ashley Hebert choose on The Bachelorette season finale, Ben or J.P.?

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He doesn't look like a stereotypical reality show hunk. Heck, he looks like a less handsome version of Constantine.

He uses phrases like "ruh-roh." He talks about his deceased father too much. He took his sweet time before he would truly open up to Ashley.

Frustrating? At times, yes. But all of these things are part of what make Ben Flajnik so human, so appealing, and the obvious choice for our girl.

There's no facade with Ben, a funny, smart, free-spirited Sonoma winemaker with a lot of heart (no matter how closely he guarded it for weeks).

He's the genuine article. Ben isn't fling material. He's husband material, a complex, nurturing guy with whom love can actually Evolve over time.

Hopefully, Ashley picks Ben and all he brings to the table on Monday's finale. If not, I bet come January, ABC can find 25 other girls who would.

Ashley Hebert and Ben Flajnik Date

Can Ben pull off the upset on Monday's finale?

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If I had a nickel for every time JP Rosenbaum and Ashley Hebert have made out on The Bachelorette this season, I'd have more money in my bank account than Chris Harrison gets for playing the most pimp-like host on TV.

These two have serious, lip-locking chemistry!

While others clearly came on for the wrong reasons (eat it, Bentley!), JP is as nice and honest as any contestant in recent memory. Has this made for especially entertaining TV? Not every week. But the show is about love, not ratings.

JP has all the physical attributes Ashley could want in a mate, as well. He's easy on the eyes and he resides in nearby NYC, just a quick car ride away. Might he be living a double life? Sure. But no guy is perfect.

THG Asks you ... who should Ashley choose?

 

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Because The Bachelorette took July 4 off, the remainder of the season has been condensed, with the Men Tell All filler special airing Sunday.

Monday, the season finale and After the Final Rose will air.

Useless as the Men Tell All can be there's a lot to discuss this season, if they actually go there: Guys dumping Ashley Hebert and not vice versa, Ryan coming back for seemingly no reason, the debacle that is Bentley, etc.

Ashley Hebert and Ames Brown

Ashley thinks the next Bachelor should be ... Ames?

According to reports, they delve into a fair amount, and Ashley says it was "good to get closure" despite seeing how hurt some guys were.

Asked who would be the best star of The Bachelor, Ashley said Ryan Park and Ames Brown. As if Ryan's energy level and ego needed that.

Ryan responded that he "believes in the process of the show," and while his life is just so great, he has no one to hold hands with. Sniff.

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Both The Bachelorette spoilers and conventional wisdom have had J.P. Rosenbaum in the final two all season - but is Ashley Hebert making a huge mistake?

We won't say anything more about whether J.P. is in fact the winner (follow the link above for the latest on that), but In Touch says he's living a double life!

Not only is he on the show for the wrong reasons - according to a low-rent tabloid - but he's in love with his ex! And there was a celeb hookup of some sort!

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It's an interesting report, given how smitten JP has seemed all season. The guy can't even handle other guys dating Ashley Hebert - on a TV show whose entire premise is other guys dating Ashley Hebert - without getting pissed!

Of all the contestants, JP seems the most genuine and interested in Ashley (fellow finalist Ben Flajnik is a close second). So no matter what you might think of their relationship, we'd take any reports of his duplicity with a boulder of salt.

Does this change your view of the show's finale this Monday night (August 1)? Of the final two, who do you think Ashley should choose?

 

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