The Bachelor finale did not disappoint in the drama department, as we saw some pretty uncomfortable moments involving Peter's doting mother Barbara. Before we get to that, let's breakdown what happened..
Things played out as predicted by RS: Peter proposed to Hannah Ann, she accepted. They stayed engaged for a few months after that last day in Australia. The engagement came to a painful end after Hannah Ann visited him in L.A. Apparently they hadn't talked for a month, and Peter was still working through his feelings for Madison. He ended the engagement, and Hannah Ann stuck up for herself (in a similar matter as Clare Crawley did at the end of Juan Pablo's season). I was very proud of Hannah Ann for standing her ground.
Cut to the live finale:
Peter and Hannah Ann reunited for the first time in a long time, and it was definitely rough. She felt blindsided by Peter ending the engagement. Peter pretty much told her he couldn't go through with the whole thing if he couldn't give her his whole heart. Hannah Ann was still pissed off and annoyed by the whole thing (rightly so).
After that sit-down, Chris Harrison showed footage of Madison regretting her departure from the show and wanting another chance with Peter. She flew to L.A. and reunited with Peter in previously aired footage (by the way, it breaks girl code to pursue a guy that had just ended an engagement with a fellow contestant/friend). Madison and Peter reunited at the finale and said they were taking things slow, much to the dismay of Peter's ENTIRE family. Peter's mom had words for Madison, saying she was cold and not very authentic. Barbara did not like the fact Madison made her family wait 3 hours to meet her in Australia. She also did not like the fact that Madison did not apologize for the delay. Madison hardly acknowledged Barbara's feelings, neither did Peter. Peter stood by Madison, despite his family not approving of Madison.
Listen, I know what it's like to be dating someone and the family does not approve of you. I dated a guy for 3 and a half years (we lived together for 2 years and it was pretty serious), and his family did not like me. I was very much like Madison, and did not care what the family thought about me. I thought it was unfair that his family had negative feelings for me. Eventually, he listened to his family and we broke up (he recently married someone that his family loves and I'm so happy for them all. Really!). I didn't realize until 5 years later, and becoming the mom of a boy, how poorly I handled that situation. Family is everything, and if you have competent family members, their opinion will mean everything. Also, a mother's intuition is ALWAYS RIGHT, especially when it comes to her son. When a family does not approve of a relationship, it will ultimately end. It happened to me, and it will happen to Peter and Madison's relationship.
I admire how much my ex's family loves him, and that's the type of protection I will have over my son.
Barbara loves her son and wants him to be with the greatest woman in the world. Barbara, keep praying for Peter, and never doubt your mama intuition!
As for Peter, mama's know best. Don't discredit a mama's intuition for a relationship you're unsure of. At the end of the day, all you will have is family.
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