Bachelor in Paradise: two men ditch their ladies for each other with engagements on the line

Sayulita, Mexico – The finale of Bachelor in Paradise made landfall, and couples had to decide whether they were leaving engaged, or going home alone.

Rather than riding off into the sunset with a lady on their arm, James Bonsall (r.) and Aaron Clancy (l.) decided to leave the show and head back to California as best bros.
Rather than riding off into the sunset with a lady on their arm, James Bonsall (r.) and Aaron Clancy (l.) decided to leave the show and head back to California as best bros.  © Collage: Screenshot/Instagram/aaronrclancy

It was a jaw-dropping and heart-stopping season finale of Bachelor in Paradise.

As the couples' time on the beach came to an end, each contestant was forced to think long and hard about whether they were in love or lust with the person they had linked up with.

Before the last rose ceremony of Paradise began, Noah Erb and Abigail Heringer had succumbed to the pressure of a possible engagement, and left in a tearful and heartbreaking goodbye.

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Fortunately for those in Bachelor Nation who had fallen in love with the pair, they seemed to have worked out their differences post-departure, with Abigail posting a video of the couple on her Instagram shortly after the episode aired.

But no departure was quite as shocking as Aaron Clancy and James Bonsall's.

Rather than exploring a possible connection with the women they chose to link up with that week In Paradise, the two decided their "bromance" was exactly what they were looking for.

Instead of staying any longer, they opted to head back to San Diego, California together to nurture their brotherly love.

An ex flame nearly causes problems as the sun sets in Paradise

Riley Christian and Maurissa Gunn left the show engaged, as did Joe Amabile and Serena Pitt. Both couples remain together today.
Riley Christian and Maurissa Gunn left the show engaged, as did Joe Amabile and Serena Pitt. Both couples remain together today.  © Collage: Screenshot/Instagram/maurissagunn & serena_pitt

Grocery Store Joe's game plan of confessing his undying love for Serena Pitt was almost derailed once again by none other than his ex-girlfriend Kendall Long.

What could've been a tragic ending for Bachelor Nation quickly course corrected itself, when Kendall essentially told Joe the only reason she was there was to give him and his new love, Serena Pitt, her unwarranted blessing.

With that crisis averted, Joe was cleared to get down on one knee to make Serena his wife-to-be, an offer she couldn't refuse.

It appears that the love birds' relationship has withstood the challenges of the real world, as both Joe and Serena shared lovey-dovey posts about one another on Instagram not long after the finale wrapped.

They weren't the only Paradise couple to walk away as fiancés and stick it out in the real world in the months that have followed since filming ended, either.

There was also Riley Christian and Maurissa Gunn, who became the first Black couple in Bachelor in Paradise history to leave the show engaged, and both have made it very clear that their love remains strong.

After the finale, the pair shared the same photo of them locking lips with roses strategically placed in the background with a "date night" candle lit beside them.

Per every season in Bachelor franchise history, jewelry designer Neil Lane put in work crafting the perfect engagement rings for the lucky ladies of season 7.

While the sun has set on Bachelor in Paradise, season 18 of The Bachelorette with Michelle Young leading the way kicks off on Tuesday, October 19 at 8 PM EST on ABC.

Cover photo: Collage: Screenshot/Instagram/aaronrclancy

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