After one of the most tense finales The Bachelor has ever seen, Locky Gilbert chose Irena Srbinovska as his winner on Thursday’s night’s emotion-filled episode.
In a twist no one saw coming, the 30-year-old had told both Irena and Bella Varelis that he had fallen in love with them – leading both to believe they had won his heart.
But ultimately, it was down to earth nurse Irena, 31, who stole the burly adventure man’s heart – leaving Bella completely devastated.
She’s the one! Irena Srbinovska (left) managed to win Locky Gilbert’s (right) heart during the tense finale on Thursday’s The Bachelor
After a distraught Bella stormed off the set, Locky came face-to-face with Irena to give her the good news – telling her he ‘couldn’t wait’ to spend the rest of his life with her.
‘Irena,’ he began. ‘Every time I’m with you, I feel so safe and protected. It’s kind of weird, because I’m a pretty big dude, and not many people can make me feel like that.
‘But just when I’m with you, I feel so calm and comfortable, and it’s a pretty new feeling for me. I know you’re going to make a beautiful girlfriend, wife, mother, everything. You’re the whole, whole package.’
It’s official! The pair shared a kiss together in front of a sea of flowers as Locky professed his love for the nurse
A tough decision: In a twist no one saw coming, Locky made the ultimate decision to start his romantic life with Irena
Locky had placed viewers on the edge of their seat, when he admitted he had his doubts.
‘However, my biggest fear is taht you’re not gonna be able to put yourself first, or tell me no. And in my partner I want drive and ambition,’ he said.
But then he turned to Irena and said: ‘And I think you’ve got that in spades. When I think about our future together, I’m, like, so excited and, like, I can’t wait to just travel the world and, like, make all your dreams come true.
‘Irena, I’m so in love with you. And I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you.’
‘I love you too,’ she beamed in response.
Heartbroken: Meanwhile, early frontrunner Bella had her heart broken in the tense final scenes – leading the 25-year-old to storm off upon hearing the news
Meanwhile, early frontrunner Bella had her heart broken in the tense final scenes – leading the 25-year-old to storm off upon hearing the news.
Locky burst into tears and gasped for air as he delivered the news to Bella, who looked visibly shocked as he dumped her in front of the nation – saying he needed ‘more certainty’ in a relationship.
‘I fell in love with you the first day I saw you, and I saw those big brown eyes,’ he said in an emotion-filled speech.
‘Like, they just make me go crazy. And, like, when I told you I love you, like, I meant every single word.
‘I know you don’t, like, sort of see where your future is at the moment. I think I need just a little bit of certainty.’
Upon hearing the news, Bella looked at the man – who had declared his love for her a day earlier – in complete disbelief.
Storming off: Upon hearing the news, Bella looked at the man – who had declared his love for her a day earlier – in complete disbelief
‘I just don’t know if I can see us working,’ he added.
‘I just don’t get it. Yesterday, you told me you were in love with me,’ she said in shock.
After he responded by saying he was in love with her, Bella added: ‘Well, why not follow through with a relationship, then?’
He went on: ‘Because I asked you in the pool – what do you see our next year looking like? And you were so… I needed a little bit more.’
Furiously, she responded: ‘You can’t turn this around on me.’
She then stormed off, stating: ‘My God… Can I leave. I’m going.’
Prior to making his decision, the adventurous hunk revealed how difficult his choice had been.
‘I thought I would come here and meet one person that I like and then end up together. But I found two,’ he said.
‘They are two of the most incredible women that I’ve ever met in my entire life.’
It’s all over! On Thursday night’s episode, Locky finally chose between Irena Srbinovska (left) and Bella Varelis (right)
Irena, a recovery nurse, has been a fan favourite to win the show for weeks – with the handsome Bachelor regularly talking about their ‘special connection’ and how he loved that she ‘looked after’ him.
The sweet duo enjoyed multiple single dates together, with Irena eventually being the first to drop the ‘bombshell’ that she’d fallen for him.
But Lockie had also made it very clear he was also incredibly interested in 25-year-old Bella, stating he was charmed by her ‘big brown eyes’ and girl-next-door charm.
Fans were left aghast as he told both ladies how he was falling for them, just days before the grand finale.
During the shocking episode, Locky was seen telling Irena: ‘I have fallen in love with you’ – before uttering the same words of adoration to Bella on their own date.
Before he made his choice, a giddy Irena declared: ‘Knowing that he’s in love with me… I feel confident knowing that this is the beginning of our future together.’
While Bella eagerly told producers: ‘It’s given me hope that everything will be alright. I mean, who tells someone they love them and then picks someone else?’
Playing with fire: Locky had told Bella (left) that he was beginning to fall in love with her in the drama-filled finale episode