Her last rose! Gaby Windey got engaged to Erich Schwer on season 19 of the bachelorettebut like most relationships in Bachelor Nation, their journey has been full of ups and downs.
After developing a strong on-screen connection, Schwer began to wonder if he was ready to propose after learning that Windey had sent her fellow finalists home. Jason Alabaster and Johnny DePhillipo. As they had an emotional last date, the New Jersey native finally settled on a ring with Neil Lane.
“I thought you were too good to be true, but now I know you’re too good, but you’re also true,” she told him. “I love you and I want to love you for as long as you let me. And I’m sure for much longer after that.
As he got down on one knee, Schwer gushed, “You are the most amazing person I have ever met. It’s you, me until the wheels drop. I am madly in love with you and want to spend the rest of my life with you. I love you Gaby. Would you marry me?”
Days before the finale aired in September 2022, the real estate analyst came under fire for a resurfaced photo of him in blackface from his high school yearbook. He apologized at the time: “What I thought at the time was a representation of my love for Jimi Hendrix, was nothing but ignorance. I was naive about the hurtful implications for my actions for the black community and my loved ones, and I will forever regret my offensive and harmful behavior.I am deeply ashamed of my actions and understand that my apology is only the first step in taking responsibility.
While many fans were upset the controversy went unaddressed during After the Final Rose, Windey has since weighed in.
“I found out with the rest of the world and it was an immediate punch in the gut – really, really devastating,” she said. Variety. “So it was hard for both of us to weigh our values, where we are and how this happened. And there’s no excuse. He apologized, but ultimately there’s really no excuse for this behavior. I think we really reflect on ourselves, learning where these biases come from [and] how they affect others and how to change them and how to grow.
The couple weathered another scandal as wife Schwer stepped out before the show, Amanda Kaylor, leaked their text messages. In the March 2022 screenshots, Schwer said the ABC show wasn’t “real” and wanted Kaylor to consider waiting until he came back from filming to resume their romance.
During After the final rose in September 2022, Windey explained that Schwer told her about the messages before they were leaked and revealed that she had forgiven her fiancé, who admitted he had “led” Kaylor.
“Our communication just got better,” she said. “And he’s courteous and he’s honest and I believe what he says. So don’t say you were right in your actions — I mean, you were kind of an asshole to her.
The duo also played coy about their future plans as Windey got busy Dancing with the stars season 31: “When you say ‘yes’ to spending the rest of your life with someone, it’s not going to be easy – especially in the public eye.”
The following day, Windey spoke about the text drama on the Podcast “Chicks in the office”.
“Honestly, I’d be pissed off if I was her too. I would probably run to spoiler accounts trying to ruin your life too – I don’t know, we can’t tell,” she said with a laugh. “But, you know, everything was before the show – you move on. Our relationship is different. He was good to me.
She also responded to Kaylor’s claims that Schwer FRG comments were “bulls – t – and directed Kaylor’s warning to We Weekly which Windey will “learn” on her own.
“I’m like, ‘Am I going?'” Windey joked. “You end up with one person. You will go through many breakups. …Would I have liked if he could tell her straight instead of ghosting for a reality TV show? 100 per cent. But he didn’t and I can’t do anything about it.
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