Bachelorette finale spoilers have given away the ending of Michelle Young's The Bachelorette season, so does Michelle pick Nayte Olukoya or Brandon Jones, and does she get engaged to either man at the Final Rose Ceremony?


[The Bachelorette Spoilers Warning: This report contains The Bachelorette finale spoilers for Season 18, including who Michelle ended up with and if Nayte or Brandon proposed marriage.]

Following Michelle's overnight Fantasy Suite dates in Mexico, she made the difficult decision to eliminate her little "slice of home," whom she called "Minnesota Joe."


Joe Coleman, a 28-year-old real estate developer from Minneapolis, MN, had been a frontrunner for Michelle's heart since the start of the season, and he left the show totally broken hearted.

"I am in shock. I am in a pretty big shock right now," Joe confessed in his final words, wiping tears out of his eyes. "I didn't see that coming. I really thought she was my person."

Joe had pictured buying a house with Michelle in Minnesota, marrying her and raising a family together, and so he said being dumped was like "a kick to the gut."

Michelle's decision left her with only two bachelors: Brandon Jones, a 26-year-old traveling nurse recruiter from Portland, OR, and Nayte Olukoya, a 27-year-old sales executive from Austin, TX.

The Bachelorette co-host Kaitlyn Bristowe told Us Weekly that Michelle was definitely and genuinely in love with both of her Final 2 suitors at the time she enjoyed her final dates with them and the guys spent time with her parents.

"Michelle is just -- she is so strong in who she is, and she's like, 'No, if I'm in love with two people, I'm in love with two. I didn't think it would happen, but it did,'" Kaitlyn said on the magazine's "Here for the Right Reasons" podcast.

The Season 11 The Bachelorette star added, "I think it's gonna be really hard for her no matter what the outcome because she genuinely is in love with two people."

And it's clear both Brandon and Nayte are madly in love with Michelle, although Brandon has been a little more forthcoming with his feelings.


Brandon insisted his heart was "100 percent all in" for Michelle during the night of their Fantasy Suite, and he told the Bachelorette how he didn't want to be with anyone else.

Michelle asked Brandon if he'd get to the point of being ready to pop the question, and he replied, "Since Day 1 when I met you, I knew that you were The One... Michelle, I want you to know that I am in love with you."

Brandon added, "I was going to wait, but I don't want to wait any more. I want you to know how I feel, that I am truly in love with you. I am just so sick of keeping it in. I want you to know I will always put you first... until I take my last breath."

Michelle told Brandon that she was "falling in love" with him and called Brandon "soul-mate material" in a confessional.

"We also have this incredible spark and this burning passion and chemistry with each other," she shared.

But Michelle also recognized she had a "magical" connection and undeniable chemistry with Nayte.

During their overnight date, Michelle said she could definitely see herself getting engaged at the end of The Bachelorette, and when asked if he could "get there" as well," Nayte confirmed, "Most definitely. With you, yeah."

Nayte assured Michelle that he wouldn't pull away from her and he wanted to continue being vulnerable and putting himself out there for her.

And after spending a romantic, off-camera night together in the Fantasy Suite, Nayte professed his love to Michelle and confirmed multiple times, "Nayte is IN love."


Michelle then surprisingly announced, "Well I am definitely in love with you too," which is something she did not say to Brandon earlier in the week.

Michelle's journey to find love has now come to an end, and The Bachelorette finale is set to air as a three-hour event on Tuesday, December 21 at 8PM ET/PT.

Following the two-hour episode, The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose will reunite Michelle, Brandon and Nayte and give viewers an update on their lives and Michelle's hopefully-happy relationship.

On the finale, both men will be shown enjoying final dates with Michelle and meeting her parents, LaVonne Young and Ephraim Young, as well as her sister in Mexico.

"The pressure is on to impress, but will they stick the landing or fall short?" ABC teased in a press release for the finale.

"After each guy has met the family and taken Michelle on one final date, she'll have a life-changing decision to make. Has she found her soul mate, and will he get down on one knee?

And then on After the Final Rose, The Bachelorette co-hosts Kaitlyn and Tayshia Adams will guide "emotional" discussions about love and heartbreak between Michelle and her Final 2 men.

"Plus, appearances from Bachelor Nation fan-favorites and some very special surprises," the network shared.

When describing Michelle's season as a whole, Tayshia and Kaitlyn previously told Extra TV that it was like "a fairy tale," suggesting Michelle did find true love with one guy in the end.


And Michelle told People earlier this month, "I feel like I made the right decision in the end. It takes me a minute... [but I'm] very happy."

Michelle added how she's "in a good spot right now."


So does Michelle pick Nayte or Brandon in the end, and is The Bachelorette star engaged to her winner?

According to Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone, Brandon was sent home in second place. Carbone tweeted the unfortunate news for Brandon fans back in early October.

Considering Brandon was head-over-heels in love with Michelle, it's probably safe to assume he left the show totally crushed and devastated.

Carbone said he previously received pictures of Michelle and her runner-up enjoying a date on September 7, just two days before The Bachelorette's Final Rose Ceremony filmed in Mexico on September 9.

Carbone wrote in his blog on October 6, "Until yesterday, I only had pics of who it was, but couldn't identify who it was."

"Thanks to ABC's preview of Michelle's season [that aired during Bachelor in Paradise's Season 7 finale], I've now been able to lock down who that final 2 guy was -- Brandon Jones," he claimed.

Carbone apparently matched the bachelor's outfit in the preview with what the man had been wearing in the photos someone had sent him.

Carbone therefore claims the alleged winner of Michelle's The Bachelorette season is Nayte.

The spoiler blogger reported on October 5 that Nayte received Michelle's final rose and then proposed marriage to her -- and she said "yes!"

There is every reason to believe Michelle and Nayte are still engaged, although Carbone hasn't received confirmation on that.

Nayte has appeared to be Michelle's frontrunner on The Bachelorette ever since receiving her First Impression Rose.

Nayte and Michelle have a strong emotional and physical connection, and although Nayte's stepfather Charles didn't think Nayte would be ready for an engagement by the end of the process, Nayte apparently believes otherwise and is convinced he's truly in love with Michelle.

According to his ABC bio, Nayte is a 6'8" and originally from Winnipeg, Canada. He attended college at Eastern Washington University and most recently worked for

Nayte told ABC that his dream woman is outgoing, spontaneous and has enough swagger to keep up with him. He has been looking for a hot connection with a passionate woman as well as a teammate for life.

It sounds like Nayte and Michelle could be a great match considering ABC recently shared, "Michelle has big dreams for the future and says she wants a man by her side that is supportive and driven to make the world a better place."

"She is looking for the Superman to her Superwoman and is ready to find a love with whom she can start a family of her own."

Michelle finished The Bachelor's 25th season starring Matt James, which filmed last year and wrapped on TV in March, in second place and left the show devastated.

Michelle was announced on After the Final Rose in March as one of two The Bachelorette stars -- along with Katie Thurston -- for back-to-back seasons in 2021.


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About The Author: Elizabeth Kwiatkowski
Elizabeth Kwiatkowski is Associate Editor of Reality TV World and has been covering the reality TV genre for more than a decade.