At least one was coming! Three out of the four remaining couples got engaged during the season 3 finale of Bachelor in Paradise on Tuesday, September 6 — and one duo returned home from Sayulita, Mexico, in heartbreak.
It was finally confirmed on Tuesday night that Josh Murray and Amanda Stanton are engaged. The pair, whose fast-paced romance entranced viewers this season, took another giant leap forward during the finale on Tuesday night.
In a heartfelt speech before his proposal, Murray promised to love Stanton’s daughters just as much as he loves her. He explained that he never knew what true love was until he met her.
Murray, 32, was open about his feelings for Stanton, 26, since his first night in Paradise — even battling with his former Bachelorette nemesis Nick Viall, also the next Bachelor, for the aesthetician’s attention. Prior to the shocking finale, Murray opened up to Entertainment Tonight about his on-screen romance with the mom of two.
“I’m so in love right now,” Murray said at the time. “Amanda is an amazing woman. She is the best woman I’ve ever met in my entire life … She’s beautiful not only on the outside, but it radiates on the inside, and that’s what I love the most about her.”
Stanton was one of the final four contenders on Ben Higgins‘ season of The Bachelor. Unlike Higgins, Murray didn’t seem deterred by the fact that Stanton already had kids of her own. “I want a big family, I’ve always wanted a big family,” he told ET in the same interview. “She’s already had two, and we talked about maybe maxing out at three more. [Possibly] a whole basketball team.”
Prior to competing on Bachelor in Paradise, Murray boldly went on E!’s Famously Single — a show about stars who want to find love but can’t seem to get it right — in hopes to address his personal demons. Murray and his house-mates worked with relationship guru Dr. Darcy Sterling to pinpoint their issues, and the process appears to have paid off.
“I needed to go out there and putting myself out there and start dating again,” Murray told The Knot in an exclusive interview in June. “I’m just not a good dater — it’s tough for me. It’s tough for me approaching women that I’m attracted to and I needed to get over that hump and start being uncomfortable in order for me to be comfortable later on.”
At the time, the Georgia native also shared what he was looking for in a life partner. “A best friend to be honest with you,” he told The Knot. “There are peaks and valleys in every relationship but somebody who’s going to be there for you no matter what. That you just love and have that unconditional love with no matter what. I feel like I love an independent woman, but just because you’re an independent woman doesn’t mean that you need to be like nasty and mean. An independent woman can be classy and nice to others and be sweet and caring and loving, and just the basic stuff I think a woman or a man should be. A family-oriented woman is a very very big deal to me as well. Just a kind person, someone who’s nice to people. Very easy, I think.”
Murray and Stanton aren’t the only pair celebrating their Paradise engagement. Grant Kemp and Lace Morris also took their relationship to the next level.
Morris was unsure if Kemp would proposal at all, but her fears melted the moment he dropped to one knee.
It seemed unlikely that Evan Bass and Carly Waddell would find romance together after that awkward first date, but during the short time they spent in Paradise, their feelings grew – leading Bass to pop the question.
Leading up to his proposal, the duo professed their love for each other. Waddell shared in the confessional that she can’t imagine her life without Bass.
While three of this season’s couples are on cloud nine, one pair left Mexico with only memories. Nick Viall chose to call it quits with Jen Saviano – explaining that something was telling him to say goodbye. In tears, Viall appeared to be torn about his decision, admitting he’s afraid of regretting his choice.
If Viall is still suffering from the breakup, Bachelor Nation is ensuring he recovers quickly. Soon, the unlucky-in-love hottie will be in the driver’s seat for yet another chance at love. The Bachelor season 21 is set to premiere in early 2017.