Every viewer dreads the moment on The Bachelor or The Bachelorette season finale when a contestant officially becomes a "runner-up."
Such was the case for Robby Hayes, whose proposal JoJo Fletcher did not accept on this year's dramatic season-ender last night.
"I was so caught off guard," Hayes told People Magazine, adding that he was sure he was the only suitor left in Thailand.
"I was so confident in our relationship and my feelings for her."
"I had already been dreaming about our future together."
While Hayes insists there are no hard feelings, he is bummed that he went through the whole proposal process, only to return home sans fiance.
Which is kind of ridiculous, given what show he signed up for.
"The only thing I'm upset about is what was taken from me," he said.
"I come from a very traditional family where marriage is a one time thing."
He's not married though, so he's all good, right? Not necessarily ...
"It's not just the marriage. It's the picking of the ring," he adds.
"The asking the parents for permission, giving the speech before you get down on one knee. JoJo took that from me and I can't ever get it back."
Again, The Bachelorette is a dating competition.
If it makes Hayes feel any better, the universe is offering a do-over. In private. With just one girl and not a bunch of other guys.
At the end of the day, he seems like he's putting his best foot forward, and has no regrets about wearing his emotions on his sleeve.
"Everything I said was honest and from the heart," Hayes said.
"If I didn't tell JoJo I loved her, I would have been lying."
"JoJo will always hold a portion of my heart," he continued. "I fell in love with her, and in falling in love, I attached strings."
"One of them was unconditional care for her. I want JoJo to be happy and if I'm not the guy, I understand."
Hayes says he has nothing but love for controversial rival Jordan Rodgers, the suitor Fletcher ultimately choose.
"I respect the hell out of that kid. I think he's sincere. And if JoJo couldn't find happiness with me, I wanted her to find it with someone else."
Call me, Robby.
I'll overlook the whole "proposed to another girl in Thailand" incident and we can go ring shopping. Deal?
Good. See, everything happens for a reason.