Nick, a 36-year-old former software salesman from Wisconsin, sent Rachel Lindsay packing during a Rose Ceremony in Finland after enjoying a romantic fantasy suite date with her.
Rachel got her heart broken after confessing to the Bachelor that she was falling in love with him. Nick even said in reply, "Rachel, I am falling for you, like, 100 percent."
"It's hard to hear how great you are and [about] how much love somebody has got for you but then they still don't choose you, and that's the story of my life. I know how great it could've been," Rachel said in tears following her ouster.
"Maybe I didn't show all that. Maybe he didn't get that. I wanted someone to have that undeniable, unconditional, unexplainable love for me, and I want to feel the same way for them, so it's back to square one."
Rachel will, however, get another shot at love as The Bachelorette's upcoming thirteenth-season star.
In the latest The Bachelor episode, Nick and Vanessa had a playful date in which they ran back and forth from a steamy sauna room to an ice bath. It wasn't until they completed multiple rounds of this torture that they got to relax and get to know one another better in a hot tub.
Raven enjoyed her fantasy suite date with Nick in last week's broadcast.
While Raven seems completely smitten with Nick with no hesitations or reservations, Vanessa is just the opposite. There is no doubt in Vanessa's mind she could envision spending the rest of her life with Nick, but at the same time, the couple hasn't decided where they would live since Nick resides in Los Angeles, CA, and Vanessa is from Montreal, Canada.
Vanessa also wants to be able to have lunch with her large Italian family in Montreal every single Sunday, which Nick must have realized would be a big undertaking if he doesn't decide to move there.
Nick's bond with both women appears strong, but they certainly bring different things to the table -- challenges and positives.
Both women, however, are strong, feisty, intelligent and beautiful. And most importantly, Raven and Vanessa are both truly in love with The Bachelor star.
Nick has one more huge decision to make about his future wife and partner in life. Will he choose Raven or Vanessa, and will he propose marriage? If he chooses to get engaged, will the bachelorette be on the same page and accept his offer?
[Spoiler Warning: Please stop reading now if you want the winner of Nick's season to be a surprise].
According to Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone, Nick rejects Raven in favor of Vanessa at the final Rose Ceremony. As a result, Vanessa walks away from the process with Nick's final rose and a Neil Lane diamond engagement ring!
As for the current status of Nick and Vanessa's romance, Reality Steve claims they are still happily engaged. Apparently Nick's fourth attempt at finding love on a reality dating series truly was the charm!
Below are the two bachelorettes still in the running for Nick's heart:
- Vanessa Grimaldi, a 29-year-old special education teacher from Montreal, Quebec, Canada
- Raven Gates, a 25-year-old fashion boutique owner from Hoxie, AR