Finding her man! Rachel Lindsay chooses Bryan Abasolo on The

Before the end of the show, it was down to three gentlemen vying for Rachel's hand in marriage: chiropractor Bryan Abasolo, gym trainer Eric Bigger and entrepreneur Peter Kraus.

"I think there's a difference between "I love you" and' I'm in love with you.' Rachel actually told me she was in love with me back in the fantasy suites", Bryan revealed to ET's Lauren Zima in New York City on Tuesday morning.

After 10 arduous weeks of searching for love, Dallas native Rachel Lindsay has picked the victor of her heart and a lifetime of date roses (is that how that works?) and the runner-up is the real victor in everyone's hearts.

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Rachel hits Chris Harrison with a sassy look when they go back to the live Q&A.

"Rachel was clearly in love with Peter". "You are everything I could ever want in a woman, a wife, the mother of my children". The only dark cloud is that Rachel is a wee bit distracted, because "Peter messed with her mind". "I see my future". She certainly seemed happy, but TODAY's resident "Bachelorette" expert wonders if she made the right decision. Rachel's taste just isn't America's taste. What she does have, however, is a shirtless Peter making her breakfast - a snapshot of their potential life together? Peter and I explored this lovely monastery. "I'll always love you", says Eric to Rachel. "I still struggle with it now".

"You proved to me that throughout all of it I could develop feelings of love, and well maybe things didn't end the way that I hoped, I have you to thank for the feelings that I did have", he said. He needed more time and thought an evening in the Fantasy Suite - just he and I - might help him clarify some things.

Rachel worries this all sounds too familiar like the long term relationship she had before.

"When I first stepped out of that limo, I knew I was in for the ride of my life", Bryan began. From conjuring up a racially driven conversation throughout the season (Rachel is of course the first black Bachelorette) to a contrived attempt at positioning one contestant as the "bad guy" and "cheater" after it was revealed he was in a "committed relationship". We're not saying the small-screen hit is flawless by ANY means, but sometimes it DOES work - the proof is in the pudding...or maybe in the marriage licenses?

"I am the best version of myself when I'm with you", he said. "I don't even want to talk about it", Lindsay said. "I saw the final episode and, yeah, as a man, you feel a little frustration of how she was treated and the position she was put in for the simple fact that, you know, here I am, you know, totally committed", Abasolo explained. Sure, there were a few bumps along the way, but Rachel and Bryan always appeared to be a flawless match.

Rachel Lindsay's season of "The Bachelorette" may have been a first for the franchise, but it ended much like the others.

"Love is love for us", added Lindsay.

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