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Brad Womack seemed like an eternal bachelor to some, but the two-time headliner of ABC's "The Bachelor" is off the market.
After mulling over the input of his family and an almost last minute change of heart, Brad asked for Emily Maynard's hand in marriage. As Emily walked towards Brad in a flowing white dress, the image could be a foreshadowing of the wedding to come. With the backdrop of South Africa, the picture-perfect proposal ended in a passionate kiss and suffocating hug. "You're so much more to me than a leap of faith," Brad uttered with seemingly utmost sincerity as he placed a Neil Lane engagement ring on Emily's finger. "You're my once in a lifetime. I'm asking you to please give me your forever."
-Melting Point: In their final serious conversation before Brad determined who he’d call his wife, Emily grilled him about his commitment to being a father to her daughter. He told her, “I want you to give me the chance. I want her to give me the chance to be a father, not a stepfather…I guarantee I can love you and your daughter.” Growing “profoundly mad and upset” at the interrogation and sweating bullets, Brad exited the room to fetch water. Emily feared the worst, confessing, “I really just messed it up big time…My head absolutely sabotages my heart.”
-Mama's Boy: Mothers are said to have excellent gut instincts. The initial meeting with Chantal went well, but once Emily walked in the room, the decision became clear for Brad's mom, who said, "I certainly see a chemistry here that I haven't seen…I think Emily is kind of the whole package. I very much see a future there." Brad's sister-in-laws expressed they'd have an easier time bonding with Emily since she too is a mother.
-The Breakup: Although Brad and Chantal braved a death-defying final date in shark infested waters, he said goodbye with "a heavy heart." Giving her the respect of being direct and to the point, Brad said, "I have stronger feelings for someone else. I'm so sorry." Heartbroken, Chantal admirably responded, "You're an amazing person and Emily's very lucky. It just sucks because I felt very strongly."