Desiree selected Chris, a 27-year-old mortgage broker from Seattle, WA, over Drew Kenney a 27-year-old digital marketing analyst from Scottsdale, AZ, during the finale -- but only after she struggled to gather her emotions and pick up the pieces following Brooks Forester's decision to dump her and unexpectedly leave the show.
During a Tuesday conference call with reporters, the happily engaged couple talked to Reality TV World about their overall experience on the show and current relationship. To read what they had to say, click here.
Below are some additional highlights from the couple's call. Click here more.
Desiree Hartsock: Also, I think it's really trying to see through the other's eyes and not being, you know, allowing yourself to be selfless. And I think that's when you can have a balance in give in take, and I think that's what keeps a good foundation.
What was the timeframe in terms of when Brooks left and when you went on your next date?
Desiree Hartsock: Well, Brooks left and then the Rose Ceremony was the following day. It's actually exactly how you saw it.
If your brother didn't like Chris, would you have listened to him or would you have just ignored his opinion?
Desiree Hartsock: To be honest, I would have just taken his advice and his opinion but followed my own.
How did you come to the decision that you were going to let Chris meet your brother when it changed the outcome for you on The Bachelor so negatively? How'd you go about coming to that conclusion? Obviously Nate means a lot to you but I was just wondering why.
Desiree Hartsock: He does and I do appreciate his opinion. I think it was definitely different with [Sean Lowe] because it was Sean-specific. It wasn't just like any guy in general. And so, when I met with my brother in LA, I wanted to have that meeting in order to see if I even wanted him to be involved.
And when he was so supportive of me, you know, being the Bachelorette and making my own decision, I knew that he would support me no matter what. And Chris is such a great guy, I knew that my brother would find nothing wrong with him.
You two are about to take a huge step together. We were wondering what makes you the most nervous about moving in together?
Desiree Hartsock: Yes, Juan Pablo is a very sincere, like, great guy, and I think he's a good choice for a Bachelor. Any advice? I would just tell him to stay open and to really follow his heart and, you know, honestly take time out to reflect on his own feelings so that he doesn't get caught up with too much.
It's a lot of emotions to deal with, so I hope that he can stay grounded and really find the love of his life because he does deserve it.
Chris, I really want to ask you about your poetry. When did this start, when did you become such an epic poet? And why did you decide to share all of them with us?
Chris Siegfried: You know, poetry was something that I came across back in 2009 actually during baseball. It was just an avenue for me to kind of get down on paper what I was feeling and, you know, the emotional highs and lows that baseball and being away from your family and relationships really brought.
So I started it back then, and coming onto the show, I've done it since. But coming onto the show -- if you do have a creative side, it really does cater to that because you have the time to reflect. And if you do want to express those motions, however you feel, whether it's through poetry or through songwriting like [Zak Waddell], you are able to do that.
And so, you know, it was something that just came natural for me to want to express to Des, and it's something we still share every once in a while. It's not like every day like it's shown on the show or once a week like it is on the show, but it is definitely a big part of our relationship because it's just another form of, I guess, our love communication if you will.
Who's your favorite poet, Chris?
Chris Siegfried: I'd have to think about that. I'm really good at writing it, no. (Laughs)
Desiree, you said you're definitely going to design your own wedding gown. I was wondering if you had an idea of what that might look like or if you have a creative idea regarding that?
Desiree Hartsock: Yes, I mean, my design style for bridal is a little bit more nontraditional though I do like the more vintage style -- the gown with either beading or lace and is kind of just romantic and subtle but still, you know, very elegant.
I was wondering if you guys would ever be interested in doing like a newlywed style reality show, televising your life now in Seattle?
Desiree Hartsock: I mean, honestly, I don't think either one of us has a desire to pursue television. You know, we both want to get to what we love to do with work and focus in on our own relationship outside of TV. But we're still open to certain things if it caters to our career goals or, you know, and possibly a wedding. We still have to think about that, but that's the only type of TV things...
To read the first two portions of Desiree and Chris' interview, click here and here. To begin reading what Drew had to tell reporters about his experience on the show, click here. To start reading Brooks' perspective on everything, click here.