Tayshia was left speechless when the former suitor turned up at her door and declared his love for her – days after she dumped him over his failure to vocalize his feelings.
The first half of the Season 16 finale ended with Ben singing a completely different tune as he opened up about the life he can see with Tayshia and the fact he wanted to fight for the future they could have together.
The former Army ranger explained: ‘The way that that ended, I was so completely caught off-guard. I just like, didn’t even know what to do or say and I’m sorry for that.
‘I know that was just horrible and for like, two days after, all I’ve been saying is, “How f—ing horrible. What the f— just happened?”‘
He continued: ‘I didn’t even see that coming. And the feelings that I’ve had for you I’ve been describing this entire time. I just didn’t know what it was, but I’m in love with you. I have been in love with you.’
Tayshia Adams was overwhelmed when Ben Smith returned to declare his love for her (Picture: YouTube/ABC)
Ben admitted he knew he ‘blew it’ by not telling her his true feeling before last week’s rose ceremony, but claimed he was ‘terrified’ of the new feeling.
The emotional suitor stated: ‘I am in love with you. Like, the life we could have together, the thought of that, it keeps me awake at night and I’m not sure what to do right now.
‘I’m not sure what I’m asking for. I don’t even know what I’m doing. I couldn’t leave. But I just had to tell you. I see a life with you.’
Tayshia became overwhelmed and walked away in tears as she told a producer: ‘What do I do with that?’
Fans were just as thrown by the moment, with many pleading for Tayshia to give Ben another shot.
One wrote: ‘PLEASE TAYSHIA PLEASE PICK BEN.’
Another commented: ‘Tayshia just told Rachel that she liked Ben, but acted super cold to him when he came back.’
Elsewhere, Tayshia was left heartbroken when front-runner Brendan decided to step away from the series.
He explained that he wanted to give his ‘whole heart’ after his divorce, but he didn’t feel whole enough at the moment to do that for Tayshia.
Brendan explained: ‘It really breaks my heart, because you deserve a man that is complete.
‘You deserve a man who is healed from his past and unfortunately, right now, I’m not that man. So I’m so sorry.’
The Bachelorette season finale airs tonight on ABC in the US, while it is available to stream on hayu in the UK from Friday.
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