On this season of The Bachelorette, Peter has emerged as the crowd-favorite, but Dean Unglert isn't far behind. And after being let go following an emotional hometown date, all of Bachelor Nation was waiting to see what Dean had to say to Rachel. Dean confronted Rachel on The Bachelorette: Men Tell All and it was just as emotional as you'd expect.
I don't know about the rest of the world, but I truly fell in love with Dean after his hometown date. Dean has always been sweet and earnest and endearingly uncomfortable in front of the camera. All of this was compounded when Dean brought Rachel home and introduced her and the world to his dysfunctional family. He told her he was falling in love with her and she said she was falling in love with him too. Then just a few days later she sent him home. Everyone was heartbroken, and at the Men Tell All special, we all got a little bit of closure. Dean got to tell Rachel exactly what he thought after she sent him home. Though he seemed to have gotten over it, it was clearly an emotional moment for him, meaning it was an emotional moment for all of us.
Obviously, they talked about why Rachel told Dean that she was falling in love with him and then sent him home just a few days later. Frankly, we were all wondering. Dean went straight for the jugular asking "why you told me you were falling in love with me and I got the boot like four days later." For her part, Rachel maintained that she was completely honest about her feelings, and truly was falling in love with Dean. "I meant it," she told him, saying, "it was a feeling I'd already had before that." Because she had said it to him immediately after his emotional fight with his dad, Dean admitted that he wondered if she'd said it as "consolation," only to make the heartbreak that much worse later. "I never say anything just to say something," Rachel responded. "I did love you. I was falling in love with you. That was real."
And now I don't even know what to think. I love Rachel and I love Dean and breakups are hard and have to be even harder on TV. It's hard to hate anyone in this situation so I'll just be over here sniffling into my wine.