Spoilers ahead. After three drama-filled weeks of The Bachelors 2023, the reality TV show has come to a close with a highly-anticipated grand finale. This year's instalment of The Bachelor Australia featured not one, not two, but three men looking for love in a new Queensland mansion, which meant there were three women named the winners of this season.
In the finale were six women, with two final contestants chosen by each of the bachelors, Felix Von Hofe, Thomas Malucelli and Jed McIntosh. After many emotional rose ceremonies, the stakes were high, as each bachie had also been presented with an engagement ring to use at the finale. Ultimately, Malucelli and McIntosh decided to propose, while Von Hofe made a big decision of his own.
Who did Thomas Malucelli choose?
Malucelli had forged strong relationships with both Leah Cummings and Lauren Whybird, discussing marriage, kids and how they'd adjust to one another's lifestyles. But ultimately, it was Cummings who truly swept him off his feet.
"I literally love every single thing about you, and I never thought I would be proposing to someone after just a few weeks, but I know that you're the one," said Malucelli after getting down on one knee.
"I want to just experience every single day of my life with you. I want to be spontaneous with you. I want to create life with you and just really live life to the fullest and... I'm so blessed I've found you. Will you marry me?"
Of course, Cummings said yes. And when the producers asked the couple what they're looking forward to doing next, Malucelli cheekily responded, "Have sex".
Are Thomas Malucelli and Leah Cummings still together?
Sadly, the pair called time on their relationship a few months after filming wrapped up.
"I think it was two or three months after the finale,” Malucelli told 10 Play. "We had an amazing time together and we spent incredible moments together on the show and also after the show… but we realised, spending time together, we had lots of love and care for each other but we weren’t compatible and compatibility is so important."
He said they decided "to stay friends".
Who did Jed McIntosh choose?
McIntosh had shown a more emotional side to himself in recent episodes and revealed just how seriously he's trying to take this reality TV experience. The final two contestants vying for his heart were Alésia Delaney and Angela Ferdinands.
Delaney had long been the favourite to win, but she and McIntosh hadn't seen eye-to-eye on the prospect of getting engaged at the finale. While the drummer expressed his desire to propose at the end of the show, Delaney and her family hadn't been keen on the idea up until then. However, McIntosh decided to still pop the question, explaining he'd "regret" it for the rest of his life if he didn't ask her to marry him.
"I've completely fallen in love with you. I honestly have," he told her while standing in a church. "And I've honestly never felt the way that I feel about you with anyone else in my life."
Then acknowledging that a proposal was a "nerve-racking thing" for Delaney, McIntosh went on to still get down on one knee and ask her to marry him.
But staying true to her word, Delaney couldn't say yes to getting engaged.
Understanding this, McIntosh said, "I'm not rushed with my feelings at all. I do know what I want. And I still want to offer you this ring. I know you're not saying yes to 'Will you marry me?'"
Accepting the ring, Delaney confirms she wants to continue a relationship with McIntosh, and he promises he will propose to her again when they're both on the same page about marriage.
Are Jed McIntosh and Alésia Delaney still together?
Of the three final couples on The Bachelors in 2023, Jed McIntosh and Alésia Delaney are the only ones still going strong. They admit it's been difficult maintaining a relationship via technology to avoid any spoilers coming out, but they're excited to now enjoy their romance in public.
"Me and Alésia are in a really good place," Jed told 10 Play. "We’re taking it day by day and are excited to actually just have a coffee with each other and live a normal life after this."
"We haven’t seen each other for this long… it’s something that we’re not coming out saying yeah, we’re together," Delaney adde. "We just want to be together in a real setting and see where it goes from there and if it does flourish into something more."
Who did Felix Von Hofe choose?
Von Hofe's experience had been unlike that of the other bachelors this season, as one of his final two contestants had a boyfriend in the outside world. Jessica Navin initially hadn't shied away from the fact that if she won The Bachelors, she'd still be open to pursuing a sexual relationship with boyfriend Damien Kelly at the same time. This was at odds with Von Hofe's preference for monogamy.
However, while that may have pointed towards a better chance of Abigail Harley winning, Von Hofe told her that he couldn't see their relationship working beyond the show.
When he then came face-to-face with Navin, Von Hofe still hinted he may not choose anyone in the end — following in the footsteps of Nick 'Honeybadger' Cummins who chose no one at the end of the 2019 season, leaving finalists Brittany Hockley and Sophie Tieman absolutely gobsmacked.
But Navin was quick to let Von Hofe know that she had ended things with Kelly.
"I just want to let you know that that chapter of my life has now been closed," she said. "I felt that was the right decision and he was very understanding and very supportive and he just wants nothing but love for me, even if that's with you."
Absolutely over the moon after hearing this, Von Hofe didn't waste a moment and passionately kissed Navin.
"You know, love's all about taking a risk and there is no one else I'd rather take that risk with than you," he told her.
Are Felix Von Hofe and Jessica Navin still together?
Unfortunately not! Ultimately, it was a long-distance relationship and different communication styles that spelled the end of their romance.
"As someone who really values communication and who loves a good D&M, I felt like Felix and I had very different perspectives on what that would look like, and we just kind of lacked that communication," Navin told 10 Play.
"We were on different levels in that sense and it inevitably did naturally fizzle out. I still have care for him and I truly want the best for him and I will always want to be there for him as a friend."
Navin also confirmed she's not back together with ex-boyfriend Damien Kelly.