Ex-'Bachelor' star Andrew Firestone talks about marriage proposal
By Christopher Rocchio, 10/16/2007
The Bachelor third-season star Andrew Firestone was apparently confident his marriage proposal to 30-year-old actress/model Ivana Bozilovic would end in success.
"I was hoping she would say yes. I was banking on it!" Firestone told Us Weekly in the magazine's October 22 issue. "Not for one second have I doubted that she's the one."
Firestone starred in ABC's third edition of The Bachelor in 2003, where he narrowed a field of 25 bachelorettes down to Jen Schefft and proposed to her in the show's season finale. However there was no marriage, and while the couple dated for several months and reportedly discussed having children together, they eventually split in December 2003.
Rumors of their reconciliation began circulating in February 2004 but never materialized, as Schefft eventually starred in The Bachelorette's third season and Firestone began dating Bozilovic.
Firestone told Us he proposed to Bozilovic alone on the beach prior to a surprise 30th birthday party he planned for her, popping the question with a 2.5-carat diamond ring he helped design.
"Just being able to be there with all our friends and family was the most special moment of my whole life," he told Us.
The couple plans to wed on July 5 in a meadow at his parents' Santa Ynez, CA-based vineyard, according to Us.