“The Bachelorette” delivered on its promise of the most dramatic season finale ever.
Seeing by the audience that Tino Franco proposed to Rachel Racchia and vowed to spend the rest of his life with her, he admitted to cheating on his new fiancé in the tense conclusion of Monday night.
“I messed up, and I kissed another girl,” the 28-year-old general contractor told the 26-year-old flight instructor during an emotional confrontation.
“The second I did, I knew I was into you, and it was the tiniest thing ever, so I just tried to… get over it,” he explained.
As Recchia pressed Franco for more details, he shared that he had met a woman before going on the ABC reality series, but insisted that they “never went on a date.”
Franco then took out a magazine in which he documented his post-show conversation with Raccia that she wanted to return her engagement ring, seemingly trying to place the blame on the “Bachelorette” co-lead. Because their relationship quickly broke down.
Rekia begged his fiancée to “tell the truth”, saying he suspected “highly” that he had only kissed another woman.
As Franco burst into tears, Raccia announced that he was “done” with her and took off his ring.
After a commercial break, the former couple came face-to-face for the first time since their on-camera breakup.
Franco again apologized for his actions, telling Rechia that he “cannot imagine what”. [she was] Going through” and praising her for “always” being “so sweet” to her.
“You were amazing, and I didn’t deserve what I did,” he conceded, admitting it was “not his fault”. [her] Shortcoming.”
Watching his family from the audience, Recchia told Franco that he had “absolutely no excuse” for what he had done.
“You broke my heart,” the former “Bachelor” contestant added, calling the California native’s crime “unforgivable.”
In another surprising twist, the segment ended with “Bachelorette” host Jesse Palmer bringing out Rackia runner-up Ewen Jones, who asked the Chicago native to accompany her. She enthusiastically agreed as Franco stood up with a surprised look on her face.
Franco had been leading the way since the start of Season 19 and even got the coveted first impression when it premiered in July.
But Rachia and Franco bumped their way when their parents failed to give their blessing to the reality stars’ romance during the show’s hometown dates in August.
Nevertheless, the couple went ahead with the first engagement in Monday’s finale, with Franco kneeling to Recchia in Mexico, saying he “would love”. [her] till the end of time.”