Brooks Forester says he’s beyond happy for Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried’s engagement, but does not regret flaking out on The Bachelorette when he did.
Though some fans were hoping – and The Bachelorette spoilers predicted – Brooks would return in the finale and beg for a second chance, he did not.
Brooks, who is single, has no regrets about that, either.
“I know I made the right decision,” Forester says.
“That was about being honest with Des and myself and that conversation, as difficult as it was and as bad as it hurt. I just don’t know how I can regret being honest.”
“I look back and say that was the right decision.”
“I never had a moment where I felt like I should go back and hash things out. Were there things I missed about [Des] and was I sad to see our relationship come to a close? Yes.”
Brooks Forester adds, “Des deserves to be in love with someone that is equally in love with her. If she was at that point, great, I needed to get there and I just wasn’t.”
As for the man who was, Chris Siegfried?
“I am excited for them and I wish them the best. As I said last night, it was apparent that Des had those feelings for Chris and I know Chris has those feelings for her.”
“I love Chris. I think he is a genuine person and a great guy. Des got what she deserves and I couldn’t be happier for them,” says her one-time top pick.
Brooks admits it was hard being portrayed as the “frontrunner” on the reality show, let alone being called as the winner in Bachelorette spoilers columns for months.
“The last two months have been difficult,” he says, looking back.
“Everyone assumed we were together. I am glad that it is over.”
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