“Golden Bachelor” Gerry Turner was forced to face the wrath of finalist Leslie Fhima during Thursday’s “After the Final Rose” segment.
“Your words meant so much to me, and that’s why I was blindsided,” Fhima told Turner, referring to the moment they said “I love you.”
Fhima explained that she “fell in love” with Turner’s integrity, so his words gave her “100% certainty that I was your girlfriend and that we were going to get engaged.”
“You made it seem like you chose me.” You led me down a path, then you took a turn and left me there,” she said with emotion. “I wasn’t sure what had changed or what had happened.”
Turner apologized to Fima and admitted that they “got caught up in moments” together during filming. He added that he believed she was his wife until he “suddenly knew you weren’t.”
“And you asked, or you mentioned, you don’t know where it went wrong. It didn’t really go bad, Leslie. It was just better with someone else. He was the right person in another direction,” he told her.
The two ended their emotional reunion with Fhima seemingly hesitant to accept his apology, but clarifying that she “understands” his decision.
Reflecting on the breakup, Turner told host Jesse Palmer that he “took a really good person and fucking broke their heart.”
“I hate myself and I hate everything right now. I think the only time I felt worse in my entire life was when my wife died and this is a close second. She’s a good person and I screwed her over,” he told Palmer about Fhima.
Turner, 72, called it quits with Fhima, 64, just before proposing to his future winner and current fiancée, Theresa Nist.
“I fell in love with Theresa and that’s the direction I’m going to take,” Turner told Fhima the day before he proposed.
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Upset, she asked him if “everything you told me” during the fantasy suite “was a lie.”
“No, because at that time it was the truth. Things have changed, things have evolved. It didn’t go bad. I’ve been working hard to learn as much as I can about you and Theresa. You are both wonderful, but only one of you is right. Leslie, I’m so sorry,” he replied.
However, Fhima doubled down by saying that Turner “made it seem like you chose me” during their night together.
“You said things to me that made me think that was going to be it. You led me down a path and then you took a turn and left me there and that’s how I feel. It’s mind-boggling, to be honest, how you can talk to me all night, tell me you love me and then one day – not even one day, 12 hours later – you change your mind,” a- she declared.
The next day, Turner proposed to Nist, and they revealed during the “Final Rose” segment that they would get married on January 4.
Turner also found himself in a sticky situation last week after one of his ex-girlfriends accused him of blaming her for gaining weight. She also alleged that he had a habit of telling her the same niceties he used with his “Bachelor” contestants.
The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Hollywood Reporter that after she gained 20 pounds during their relationship, he refused to take her to his high school reunion.
“I’m not taking you to the meeting looking like that“, she remembers saying. Turner has not yet responded to comments.
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