The drama concluded last night on the season finale of ABC’s “Bachelor Pad,” and in addition to a surprising winning pair, there was also a surprise engagement announced.
On-again/off-again couple Holly Durst and Michael Stagliano beat out the rest of the couples to take home the $250,000 prize, but not without a somewhat surprising --and awkward — announcement.
Holly and Michael might have once been engaged, but the brunette beauty – who previously broke off her engagement to Michael — announced that she’s planning to marry fellow contestant Blake Julian.
“She has a firm hold on my heart,” Blake, a 28-year-old dentist who came under fire for his overt flirting with Holly through the season, said. “It’s the most serious [relationship] that I’ve ever been in… [Michael] has an understanding that things are getting pretty serious.”
Michael, on the other hand, seemed to not know that Holly and Blake were that serious.
“They’re moving [in together], right?” Michael asked host Chris Harrison.
“We got engaged,” Holly awkwardly announced.
Michael appeared visibly blindsided by the news.
“I’m sorry, that’s super awkward,” Michael said. “I’m sorry. I’m shocked still – so maybe a water would be great, or a commercial break. Seriously, congratulations, I’m sorry. But really here? This is where I find out?”
Adding, “I really do want Holly to be happy always,” Michael said. “It’s okay.”
Following the pair’s big win, Access Hollywood spoke to Holly and Blake, who said their engagement happened just days prior.
“It happened two days ago,” she told Access. “So it’s kind of has been a whirlwind.”
“She had no idea, she was very surprised,” Blake said of their engagement. “Luckily, [she’s] very happy, so that was good. I had a pretty good idea she would say yes. I was hoping, but I guess you never really know until you kind of take that leap of faith.”
Blake explained that they haven’t even begun to ponder what their wedding will look like.
“I haven’t had a lot of time to ruminate on the wedding. It’s definitely something I would talk over with her, and it has only been two days,” he told Access. “Whether it’s on TV, or in a shack on the beach somewhere, I have no idea. As long as it’s her, that’s really all that matters.”
He has, however, already started thinking about starting a family with Holly.
“We’re not going to have a bunch of babies, he said. “We’re going to have two, maybe three babies. We’ve talked about that, and I think that’ll be the right size family for us.”