‘Bachelorette’ Finalist Eric Bigger Says Bryan Abasolo Is Rachel’s “Rebound”
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‘Bachelorette’ Finalist Eric Bigger Says Bryan Abasolo Is Rachel’s “Rebound”


If you ask Rachel Lindsay, she knew fiancé Bryan Abasolo was the one long before the Bachelorette 2017 finale.

Just this week, she revealed she’d told the Season 13 winner “I love you” in the Fantasy Suite — something she maintained she never did with runner-up Peter Kraus.

But still, many viewers aren’t convinced by her post-show narrative — including second runner-up Eric Bigger!

The finalist shares that, while he thought Bryan was it for Rachel during his time filming, that changed after seeing how things went down in the final episode.

“Honestly, from watching the show last night for the first time, I don’t think she picked the right man in that moment,” Eric confesses to Ben Higgins and Ashley Iaconetti on their Almost Famous Podcast.

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The 29-year-old, who has been open about falling in love with the Bachelorette during his “journey,” was surprised himself by this turnaround.

“Prior to seeing the show, I always thought Bryan was the guy for her once I left,” he recalls.

His perspective has now shifted, and while he insists the 37-year-old is still “my guy” and “cool,” he also isn’t so sure he’s the one for the Dallas gal.

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He starts, “I love him … but I felt bad for him. It seemed like he was a rebound.

“I could be wrong, but that’s what it looked like in my eyes and maybe the feelings they had for each other is different from what I see. But man, it was tough,” the personal trainer concludes.

The Baltimore native reasons that the attorney would have been in a different situation today if she hadn’t focused so much on getting a ring at the end.

He muses, “Rachel put herself in a bind from saying ‘I want a proposal.’ So she held herself accountable in a place where I think it was pride.”

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“Her pride wouldn’t let her not do what she wanted to do and that was she wanted a proposal and Peter didn’t want that. So if it wasn’t a proposal, then you’re out, which I get,” he continues.

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The aspiring motivational speaker theorizes that if she’d never said “I want a proposal” she would still have been just fine.

This isn’t the first time the third-place-finisher has called out the newly-engaged lead’s possible mistake this week.

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Earlier this week, Eric said on Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family that the chiropractor seemed like a “consolation prize” for our gal.

“From what was shown last night, I think Bryan was the consolation prize. He was second place,” he admitted.

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Eek! Tell us how you really feel, dude.

What do you think — was Bryan really Rachel’s first choice? Sound off in the comments below!