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'Bachelorette' Men Disagree on Whether Rachel Made the Right Choice
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9 Aug 2017 06:17 PM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Rachel Lindsay (Image Source: Screenshot)

The Bachelorette finale was a tough one to watch.

The bachelors and bachelorettes typically have a hard time saying goodbye to the "loser" of their finalists, but this one was heart-wrenching and made it seem like she was choosing the second best, no matter how happy she and the "winner" looked.

And that "loser," Peter Kraus, and the man eliminated just before him, Eric Bigger, disagree on whether or not Rachel Lindsay made the right choice in saying goodbye to Peter and choosing to go with Bryan Abasolo and his proposal.

After Rachel said goodbye to Eric at the beginning of the final episode, she then had to decide between Peter and Bryan and went on dates with each.

Bryan's date went well, and the next night she met up with Peter. They discussed the same thing they had been discussing their past few dates: she wanted a proposal at the end of all this but he wanted a little more time to date her before proposing. She complained she didn't come on the show to find a boyfriend.

On their last date, Peter said he would propose to her if that's what she wanted, just to keep the relationship. She didn't want him to do it for that reason. She wanted him to propose because he wanted to.

Eventually, they decided they needed to say goodbye for good. But it was a really difficult goodbye. They just couldn't separate and kept embracing and kissing and crying.

The very next day, she gleefully accepted Bryan's proposal, leaving many to wonder if he was her second choice and if being engaged was more important than finding Mr. Right.

"Honestly, from watching the show last night for the first time, I don't think she picked the right man in that moment," admitted Eric on a podcast with Bachelor alumnae Ben Higgins and Ashley Iaconetti.

"Prior to seeing the show, I always thought Bryan was the guy for her once I left," he explained.

He admitted he "felt bad" for Bryan as "it seemed like he was a rebound."

He added, "I could be wrong, but that's what it looked like in my eyes, and maybe the feelings they had for each other is different from what I see. But man, it was tough."

He went on to say he thought it was pride that wouldn't let Rachel leave without a proposal. She'd stated that she wanted a proposal to begin with and then couldn't go back on that.

The man in question sees it a bit differently. Peter believes she made the right choice with Bryan.

"Relationships are all about sacrifice," he said in an interview with PEOPLE. "She and I had been having a conversation/borderline argument for about three hours. I knew it was not going to end the way that I wanted. I knew the only way to keep her was to give her what it was that she was looking for. I decided that I would sacrifice my beliefs in order to prove to her that I was in love with her."

 "It was too little, too late," he continued. "She knew that it wasn't where my heart was at the time. I think we probably would've resented each other for it if she had agreed. I do think she made the right decision in the end."

All that said, it wouldn't be the first time the star of the show changed their mind and ultimately stuck with the runner-up if she goes on to change her mind at a later date.

On the "After the Final Rose" episode at the end of season 13, Jason Mesnick told Chris Harrison that he changed his mind. He broke up with Melissa Rycroft on the air and then said he wanted a second chance with runner-up Molly Malaney. Melissa gave the ring back, and Jason and Molly got married a year later. They had a daughter in 2013 to join his son from his first marriage.

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