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Eric Bigger -- 'The Bachelorette' star Rachel Lindsay: I cherish our first date, he made a turn I'd been waiting for

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 07/03/2017 

Eric Bigger's heart opened fully during his date with Rachel Lindsay in Copenhagen, Denmark, at least according to The Bachelorette star.

"As soon as we got into Copenhagen, I immediately wanted to hit the streets and check out the local scene. Who better to take than my most enthusiastic suitor who's never been out of the states -- Eric!" Rachel wrote in her People blog following Tuesday night's episode.

"I think some people may be a bit surprised by the connection I formed with Eric considering he had so many doubts, not just about group dating, but about my sincerity when we first started this journey; you all know, however, I can relate to the skeptic in everyone."

But Rachel said her "dancing partner" had "finally found the rhythm in this journey."

Eric, a 29-year-old personal trainer from Baltimore who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA, was shown expressing to his fellow bachelors early on how Rachel didn't seem genuine in this dating process. He was growing impatient because of all the group-date invitations, and part of him even wondered if Rachel was even interested in African American men during a conversation with suitor Anthony Battle.

"The canals and cobblestone streets in Nyhaven were gorgeous and their beauty and vibrancy were not lost on Eric. It was such a gift to explore with someone so grateful to be there," Rachel continued.

"Maybe it was all the Akavit we drank with that sociable local Jorn, but by the time we hit the shore side hot tubs, I saw a totally free, romantic side of Eric I had never seen before. I also saw the front-side of a VERY friendly local who offered us a VERY European salutation."

During the night portion of their date, Rachel and Eric headed to Tivoli, a large amusement park. Rachel said her connection and dynamic with Eric changed drastically that night.

"Eric made a turn -- a turn I had been waiting weeks for. He opened up about reaching out for love from his mother as child and not getting it back. The disappointment he felt as a boy grew into a fear of seeking love from a woman as a man. He had been running from love ever since he left Baltimore," Rachel explained.

"Yet there he was, admitting to me he was falling instead of running and that sole reason was because of me."

Eric told Rachel that he was going to be fully invested in the process from that moment on, and although he had never been in love before, he could see himself being in love with Rachel.

"Courage comes in many forms and seeing this amazing man face his past and overcome the residual fear that he carried for the chance to end up with me was one for the most humbling moments of this journey so far," Rachel disclosed in her blog.

"Watching the skepticism that's been in this man's heart their whole life suddenly get washed away and their emotions shine through is a moment I cherished."

Eric Bigger/Instagram

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