After 10 weeks of dates, dramas and dirty street pies, The Bachelor Blake Garvey finally declared his love for Sam, 25, in a breathtaking final rose ceremony in South Africa.
And while there was plenty of action on-screen, it was off-screen where things got really interesting as the rumour-mill went into overdrive. It all started yesterday when radio interviews with 'the happy couple' planned for today were suddenly cancelled by ch10.
Then more rumours that Blake is about to become a father, and the mother is a contestant, whom is not necessarily Sam.
That rumour was quickly denied by runner-up contest Lisa by posting on social media,
"Wow what an incredible journey that was! Thank you everyone for all your love and support. I can confirm the rumor and I am definitely not pregnant with Blakes baby… Lol I wish Sam and Blake all the best in the next chapter of their lives."
And why has ch10 not planned a reunion for this season? despite last years reunion special being the highest rating episode of last year.
Update 11:30am - NetworkTen have released a statement confirming the couple separated not long after filming was complete. So much for happy endings!
“Network Ten can confirm that Blake and Sam have sadly ended their engagement," the statement begins, citing a change of heart by the Bachelor himself as the reason.
"When Blake proposed to Sam in South Africa, he did so because he had genuinely fallen in love with her. He was excited to start a life with Sam and was very much looking forward to their future together.”
“Unfortunately, not all relationships are meant to be, and feelings invariably change. Once Blake returned to his everyday life, he realised that they both wanted different things from a relationship and had different priorities."
"Blake has the greatest love and respect for Sam, but has made the difficult decision to end the relationship.”
But back to the episode - The romantic setting was the ultimate location for Blake to get down on one knee and ask Sam for her hand in marriage. With tears in his eyes, he presented her with a stunning, three-carat diamond engagement ring.
Blake said to Sam: “I came into this experience looking for someone special. I wanted to find someone who was ready to challenge me, ready to support me, someone who can inspire me, and Sam I feel that you completely know me all the way to my core.
“You have a way of reading me, you have a way of looking at me, and it’s that way that you do look at me that makes me feel so loved. I’ve felt a lot of love on this journey but I’ve only been in love with one person and Sam that person is you. I love you Sam.”
In true Sam style, she accepted Blake’s proposal by simply saying, “one hundred percent”. She told him: “I love you so much. So much, so much, so much.”
Blake slipped the $58,000 Bunda diamond ring on Sam’s finger and told her: “I’ve never been any more sure of anything, ever. I have no doubts. No doubts in my mind. You are the one for me.”
Sam caught Blake’s eye from the moment they met and their relationship grew stronger over the many dates they shared together. From their first date at the drive-in to their final stunning date on safari in South Africa their connection was like no other. Sam’s raw honesty, cheeky sense of humour and stunning beauty set her apart from the rest.
With true love often comes heartbreak, and this was the case for Lisa, 27, with whom Blake had also shared a strong connection.
Arriving at the final rose ceremony, Lisa said: “My life could be about to change forever. I could be starting my life with Blake. On my last date with Blake I really opened up and told him I was in love with him and it’s something that I’ve never really done before. I hope he feels the same way. Blake and I have such a strong relationship it would be sad to end it here.”
Before the romantic proposal to Sam, Blake said a tearful final goodbye to Lisa. He took her hands in his and said: “What an amazing journey we’ve been on together. It’s just been incredible. From the moment I met you, you just radiated this warmth, this beautiful, beautiful warmth that’s been so lovely to be around.
“Ever since our first date I really got the sense that you were diving headfirst into this journey with me. From the moment when you ran up and literally jumped into my arms with a big smile on my face I knew you were up for this and you were as ready for this as I was and we’ve had so many adventures since then.
“I came into this looking for someone who’s ambitious like I am, who has a drive and who has a love for life, and who has a confidence about themselves, and a compassion. And after all of this you have been such a constant for me. You’ve been someone I felt I can rely on, someone I can depend on. I came here looking for a big, big love and Lisa, I have so much love for you. But I’m in love with someone else,” Blake said.
Lisa was all class as she said goodbye to Blake for the last time. She said: “It’s been amazing getting to know you. You’ve helped me so much and I really appreciate it. Samantha is an amazing girl and you deserve to be with [her]. Trust me, it’s ok, it’s alright.”
As Lisa departed South Africa alone, she said: “I really do respect Blake’s decision. Obviously it wasn’t meant to be. There was probably something there, but I don’t think it was enough. I think Sam always had something with him and I don’t think it was enough with me. I am so blessed in what he’s taught me and I’m so happy that I’m now ready to go out into the world and find the guy of my dreams. I still believe in love, just not now.”