Despite rumors that he had a girlfriend in Chicago the whole time, and that they broke up shortly after getting engaged on The Bachelorette last night, Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski are still together, in love and happy as can be.
Appearing as an engaged couple for the first time on Tuesday’s “After the Final Rose” special, the future Mr. and Mrs. Ed Swiderski gushed about each other.
Looks like it’s for real, too.
The pair announced that Jillian is moving to Chicago to live with Ed on September 1, and that they are planning on getting married within the next 12 months!
Before the details on Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski, the “After the Final Rose” special killed a good amount time with an update on Melissa Rycroft.
Not that we don’t love Melissa. We just know she was dumped by Jason Mesnick, went on Dancing with the Stars and got engaged to Tye Strickland.
A clearly uncomfortable Kiptyn Locke was then forced to relive his rejection at the hands of Jillian on The Bachelorette season finale. And it still hurt.
Kiptyn said he has no regrets about the events that transpired on The Bachelorette, and was very genuine in everything he said and did on the show.
Then it was Reid Rosenthal’s turn on the hot seat. For him, there certainly were regrets, but not about his journey back to Hawaii, only prior to that.
Despite Reid’s outpouring of emotion, Jillian said even if he had told her how he felt sooner, she still would have chosen Ed. Awkward, but honest.
A 12-year-old in the audience then asked Reid out. He declined, courteously.
Reid’s first talk with Jillian since the season finale was no less difficult.
When it was finally Ed’s turn to take the stage on “After the Final Rose,” Jillian Harris beamed. Ed breathed a sigh of relief that they can finally “go public.”
Ed Swiderski said he wanted to propose to Jillian after their date in Spain, and for whatever it’s worth, they seemed rather smitten with one another on stage.
Finally, Chris Harrison called Ed out on his “mankini” shorts and an audience member asked him about his performance anxiety. No issues there, thankfully.
What do you think? Will Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski make it?