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.
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."Like many Bachelor and Bachelorette couples before, watching the events each week - Bentley, Ashley's affection for Ben Flajnik – challenged them.
"It stings," Rosenbaum admits of watching Hebert's journey.
But, Hebert says, open communication is what fortified their relationship – both over the subject matter and the tabloid scrutiny that has followed.
"You make it through something like this together, you can make it through anything," Rosenbaum says, and we hope he's right. Think he is?