The last episode had seen Locky declare his love for Bella before ultimately choosing to be with Irena.
“I have always listened to my heart and it has lead me to this point,” Locky wrote on Instagram after the finale. “As hard as it was to say good bye. I was also saying hello to my future wife, baby mumma and best friend. I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life with you. Here is to one crazy adventure and so so many more with you babe.” Cute.
Alongside the same shot of the pair (clearly, they have the same taste so that’s a good start), Irena added the short but sweet caption: “I got the man of my dreams and I couldn’t be happier. I love you so much @locklangilbert.”
In the finale, Locky burst into tears delivering the breakup news to Bella. “I fell in love with you the first day I saw you, and I saw those big brown eyes,” he’d said. “Like, they just make me go crazy. And, like, when I told you I love you, like, I meant every single word.”
But then he’d dropped this: “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. I just don’t know if I can see us working.” Ouch.
Shortly after the scene aired, Bella hopped on Instagram to share a lengthy, very honest post about what wasn’t shown on camera and how she felt about the situation now – months after filming wrapped.
“I’m not entirely sure where to even start...” she began. “When Locky told me he loved me and couldn’t wait to make me happy for the rest of my life, I believed him and trusted him whole heartedly.”
She continued: “We connected on so many levels right from the beginning, some you saw, but most you didn’t. Having three months outside of filming completely changed the aspect of the show, it brought normality to the connection and we grew into what felt like a real relationship. Looking back; I’m proud of myself. I gave it my all, I was true to myself and I wore my heart on my sleeve. Whilst it’s not my fairytale ending, the laughs and the memories will last a lifetime.”
She finished: “I’m a firm believer that things happen for a reason and now was not my time, I’ll never stop being a hopeless romantic and I’m sure my happily ever after is still out there. Hopefully I don’t need to kiss too many more frogs.”
... and cue Bella for The Bachelorette chat.
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