Erich Schwer had something to answer for when he and Gabby Windy reunited on Bachelorette Party: After the Last Rose Tuesday, September 20th.
After a 29-year-old real estate analyst proposed to 31-year-old Gabby, Jesse Palmer told Erich about a woman named Amanda Keillor who claimed that Erich ended the relationship between them in March after two months of dating in order to go on the show. In a series of alleged text messages before filming, Erich apologized for apparently trying to convince Amanda to be open to the idea of dating him when he returned, as he was only going to be on the ABC series because he felt “stuck”. [his] career ladder.”
“You just expected me to keep dating you while you go on a reality show to ‘find love,'” she wrote to him. Erich allegedly replied, “That’s not true, but you’re right. I’m sorry I didn’t really think it through. … I did not realize the consequences. I wish I thought we could talk on the same page about this. I really didn’t mean for it to hurt you.
On Tuesday, Erich admitted he had handled the situation “poorly”.
“I took her away and I want to own it. No hard feelings for this girl. I understand her actions. … I didn’t want to start a heavy conversation. But I learned a lot from this. I want to own it 100 percent. I have no hard feelings for this girl. This is a mistake I made on my part,” he said.
When Jesse Palmer read the text messages, Erich added, “I used the show as an excuse not to argue with her about our relationship. I didn’t see the future, but we had fun. … I love [Gabby] from the heart. 100 percent real. I never expected this. I want it to be forever.”
Gabby then confirmed that Erich told her about the text messages before they were leaked earlier this month, calling him “gracious” and “honest” and then jokingly calling him a “hole” before confirming that she forgave him. .
Earlier in the episode, an ICU nurse got engaged to Erich. The episode picked up where the first part of the September 13 finale left off, with Gabby bursting into tears as the New Jersey native expressed doubts about the proposal.
“In the real world, I want to date you,” Erich said. “Getting engaged before that happens usually doesn’t work.”
Gabby broke down, left Erich and cried to the producers.
“I don’t want to impose my decision on him,” she said. “I want to be with Erich forever – that’s why I want him to propose to me. What I should do? Leave because he’s not ready to propose?
However, in the second part, Erich clarified his feelings and asked the question with Neil Lane’s diamond. “You literally make me feel like I’m the only person in the world. And I will fight every day for the rest of my life to keep this feeling going. I love you Gabby Windy,” he said. “You’re amazing. You’re the most amazing person I’ve ever met. It’s you and me until the wheels fall off. I’m head over heels in love with you and want to spend the rest of my life with you.”
Leading up to the final, Erich made headlines for another controversy as well. On September 9, he apologized “from the bottom of his heart” when an “insensitive photo” of a contestant in blackface from his school yearbook surfaced.
“What I then thought was my love for Jimi Hendrix was nothing but ignorance,” he wrote on Instagram. “I was naive about the detrimental effects of my actions on the black community and those closest to me, and I will always regret my abusive and destructive behavior. I am very ashamed of my actions, and I understand that my apology is only the first step towards being held accountable.”
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