While reality TV show The Bachelor isn’t exactly known for crafting sincere relationships, it appears that two contestants on the show’s Vietnam iteration of the franchise did actually manage to find love. However, the romance that has blossomed wasn’t exactly what the show’s producers had in mind. Two women — ostensibly competing for the affections of the show’s sole bachelor — realized that they were better suited for each other instead.
Last month, Bachelor: Vietnam contestant Minh Thu made a proclamation of love and a dramatic exit from the show during the rose ceremony — a bizarrely contrived spectacle during which the bachelor chooses which women he wants to remain on the show by giving them a rose.
“I went into this competition to find love. But I’ve found that love for myself. But it isn’t you,” said Thu, as she approached fellow contestant Truc Nhu and embraced her. “Come home with me.”
Visibly moved, Nhu returned her rose to bachelor Nguyen Quoc Trung and left with Thu. The scene initially sent a shockwave through a country that has yet to give full recognition to the same-sex unions after lifting their ban on same-sex marriages in 2015 — the same year that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down all state bans on same-sex marriage in the U.S. Excitement over Thu’s and Nhu’s abrupt elopement was somewhat dampened after it was revealed that Nhu later spoke to Trung off-camera to change her mind and remain in the competition. But according to Bachelor: Vietnam executive producer Anh Tran, Thu and Nhu did in fact start a relationship together once their time at the show was over.
“They left the show and have been together since,” Tran said. “We delivered on our promise that two people would find love.”
Watch video of the dramatic rose ceremony scene below.
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