The Bachelor finale: Richie declares his love for Alex
THE Bachelor Richie Strahan has declared his love for single mum Alex Nation.
In the reality dating show's emotional finale, the 31-year-old was finally able to speak openly to Ms Nation after she told him she loved him.
"When I saw his face I knew (he'd chosen me)," Ms Nation told APN.
"When he said it (I love you) back to me it was just like the most beautiful moment. It was really special and I'll never forget it."
Richie said he'd known for some time that Alex was the woman for him.
"The decision was an easy one in that I was 100 percent sure that I was making the right decision," he said.
"Through the whole entire season there were constant moments that solidified in my mind of who the right girl was. There were so many moments I shared with her where I just thought 'this girl is definitely the one'."
Richie's decision also divided viewers, who took to Twitter to express their thoughts on the match.
There were calls for runner-up Nikki Gogan to be the next Bachelorette and several fans wrote poems about their disappointment.
His decision blind sided Ms Gogan, who was confident Richie reciprocated her feelings.
"I was just all in; I thought I was it," she said.
"I wanted it to be me so bad. In my mind we were a perfect match and it was just meant to be."
Nikki and Alex were neck and neck on betting website SportsBet going into tonight's finale but onthe show's own fan-voted 'love leaderboard' Nikki was the clear favourite.
The show's producers will be letting out a sigh of relief after avoiding another spoiler after last year's Bachelorette finale was ruined for many fans when images of Sam Frost and Sasha Mielczarek were published online hours before the finale went to air.