Looks like fans of "The Bachelor" are in for a rough final episode this season!
Though the show often refers to its current season as the "most dramatic" one yet, it seems the current season airing on ABC might be tying things up with a finale full of tears.
According to Us Weekly, current "Bachelor" Ben Higgins admitted that he fell for two of the women during filming. The magazine's source goes on to share that a first in "Bachelor" history went down when he told both women in question "I love you" before that fateful final rose ceremony.
Saying "I love you" has historically been taboo on the hit ABC reality show. Though the women vying for the man's affection often express their true feelings in advance of the big finale, the star of the show very rarely makes those emotions known. In the last 14 years and 20 seasons, no "Bachelor" star has ever said those three little words to both of the final contestants.
26-year-old Denver resident Ben felt so strongly for two of the women that he opened up to two of the three remaining women while on the overnight fantasy suite dates, according to the source. Though they shared that it was a "spur of the moment" decision on Ben's part to profess his love, the two women were the ones to say it first.
While Ben may really have been falling for both women, the choice was not a great for the long run. The source revealed that once he eliminated the third woman on those fantasy suite overnight dates, the only one he chose to not say "I love you" to, that regret set in.
"Ben definitely regretted saying 'I love you' to both women. He realized the inevitability of what was going to happen: needing to send one home in the end," the insider explained, which is perhaps the reason that former "Bachelor" stars have refrained from telling both women those words right before the finale.
When it came time for Ben to give one of the women an engagement ring and send the other woman home, the source recounted the difficulty Ben had in breaking it off. "Ben tells her that he truly does love her. He says those weren't just words. That was the most important thing he had to do: Tell her that as much of a mistake as it had been to say 'I love you,' he did mean it."
Even "The Bachelor" creator Mike Fleiss, who has been working on the show for over a decade, weighed in on this season's controversy. "Ben was just following his heart, but it caused considerable drama," Mike told Us Weekly.
Us Weekly's source shared that the woman Ben ends up rejecting was "blindsided," and warned fans that the final episode is "brutal." "There were a lot of tears," the insider assured fans.