Arie Luyendyk Jr.proposes to Lauren Burnham on 'The Bachelor: After the Final Rose'

 

 

left The Bachelor an engaged man after all. 

The 36-year-old race car driver made his first debut as a couple with Lauren Burnham on Tuesday's The Bachelor: After the Final Rose, following his devastating breakup with fiancee Becca Kufrin on Monday night's finale. It was an emotional evening, but apparently, the perfect one for him to propose!

"I made some bad decisions, but I can't imagine a life without you. I'm ready to face this life with you and all that comes with it, good and bad. I love you so much, and I want to do this in front of everyone," Luyendyk said. "Lauren Elizabeth Burnham, will you marry me?" 

Before the big moment, the pair sat down with Chris Harrison, Burnham beamed from ear-to-ear, revealing, "Arie and I have both been waiting for this moment a really long time." 

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 24: Arie Luyendyk Jr. attends the 2015 Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 24, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joey Foley/WireImage)
Arie Luyendyk, Jr. attends X Games Austin's 101X's X Games Austin Kick-Off Bash at The Belmont on June 4, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Suzanne Cordeiro/Corbis via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - MAY 28: Speed Energy Stadium Super Truck Series driver and The Bachelorette TV Show contestant Arie Luyendyk Jr attends Grand Prix Street Fest at Campus Martius Park on May 28, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Paul Warner/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 26: Arie Luyendyk, Jr. attends the 2013 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 26, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03: Arie Luyendyk, Jr. attends KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2012 at Nokia Theatre LA Live on December 3, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 22: TV personality Arie Luyendyk Jr. attends the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival pool party at the Wet Republic pool at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on September 22, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 22: TV personality Arie Luyendyk Jr. attends the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival pool party at the Wet Republic pool at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on September 22, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 21: Television personality Arie Luyendyk Jr. poses in the press room at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena September 21, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steven Lawton/Getty Images)
CENTURY CITY, CA - AUGUST 10: Arie Luyendyk and Jr. arrives at the 12th Annual Harold Pump Foundation Gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on August 10, 2012 in Century City, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/WireImage)
CENTURY CITY, CA - AUGUST 10: TV personality Arie Luyendyk, Jr attends the 12th Annual Harold Pump Foundation Gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on August 10, 2012 in Century City, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/WireImage)
INDIANAPOLIS - MAY 29: Arie Luyendyk, Kim Kardashian, Arie Luyendyk Jr and Kris Jenner visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 29, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/WireImage)
FONTANA, CA - FEBRUARY 3: IndyCar driver Arie Luyendyk Jr. during the annual Indycar Series pre-season 'Test in the West' on February 3, 2003 at the California Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
THE BACHELORETTE - 'The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose' - Emotions ran high as Emily sat down with Chris Harrison, live, to talk about her final two bachelors. She took viewers back to those final days in exotic Cura�o when she was conflicted about being in love with two men. Emily discussed her relationships with Arie and Jef and the heart-wrenching decision that changed all of their lives forever. Both men returned to share the bombshell outcome of the series. It was the emotional ending to Emily's heartfelt journey to find true love, live, on 'The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose,' SUNDAY, JULY 22 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET). (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) EMILY MAYNARD, ARIE LUYENDYK
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The 25-year-old reality star explained that Luyendyk reached out to her via Instagram over New Year's, and while she "wasn't very excited" to hear from him at first, she decided to give him a second chance after hearing how he "had been having a difficult time since proposal day." 

"I've never been more in love with him. We're very, very happy together," she gushed, as Luyendyk curiously insisted that the media backlash over his switcheroo "has made our love stronger." 

"I think taking that risk was very difficult for me," he explained. "It's made our relationship better."

That's when Burnham decided to say more about Luyendyk than she said throughout the entire season, praising him for this "bravery and honesty" in the way that he handled ending his engagement to Kufrin -- who had just confronted him for not being honest with her sooner, and slammed him for his "lack of respect."

"The one thing that is present to me right now is just his bravery and his honesty. I think he did an amazing job with this whole thing, and he couldn't have gone about it in a more respectful way," Burnham said. "Absolutely [I trust him with my heart]. I wouldn't have given him a chance if I didn't."

"No love story is perfect, and I think for us, you know, I took that risk because it was worth it," Luyendyk said. 

As for what's next for the couple, they're understandably fleeing the country "going on vacation." 

"Going to get out of the country for a little bit, and then Lauren's going to move to Arizona," Luyendyk explained. "I'm happy. We're crazy about each other. We talk on the phone three hours a day when we're not together."

"I do hope this engagement lasts a long time," Harrison joked, before congratulating the couple. 

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THE BACHELOR - 'The Bachelor: After the Final Rose' - Arie's soul-searching journey continues after America followed the chaos of his being in love with two women, which played out in gut-wrenching fashion, on 'The Bachelor: After the Final Rose,' a two-hour live special, TUESDAY, MARCH 6 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Paul Hebert via Getty Images) CHRIS HARRISON, BECCA
THE BACHELOR - Episode 2210 - The compelling live three-hour television event will begin with America watching along with the studio audience as Arie Luyendyk Jr.s journey to find love comes to its astonishing conclusion. The Bachelor prepares to make one of the most difficult choices of his life, having narrowed down the field to two women with whom he is madly in love - Becca K. and Lauren B. - and told both of them that he loves them. Who does Arie, after much soul-searching, see as his future wife? Find out on the season finale of The Bachelor, MONDAY, MARCH 5 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Paul Hebert via Getty Images) BECCA
THE BACHELOR - Episode 2203 - As the charming race car driver intensifies his search for his soul mate among the 18 remaining women, Arie selects eight women to battle for supremacy in the wrestling arena with two top veterans of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW) - Ursula Hayden and Angelina Altishin - sharing their secrets of success in the ring. The undercard will feature a surprise guest, Kenny Pretty Boy Pit Bull King from Bachelorette Rachels season, who will take on the Bachelor himself. Lauren S. is the lucky recipient of a romantic one-on-one date with Arie to a Napa Valley vineyard. The Dynamo Dogs, a group of lovable canines, and seven of the women perform together, becoming the stage sensation Aries Amazing Acrodogs, with Chris Harrison and gifted comic actor Fred Willard offering their hilarious commentary. One womans best romantic intentions are put to the tough test at the cocktail party, on The Bachelor, MONDAY, JAN. 15 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Paul Hebert via Getty Images) REBECCA
THE BACHELOR - Six years ago, Arie Luyendyk Jr. was in love and a day away from proposing to the woman of his dreams. And then, she broke his heart. Emily Maynard (now Emily Maynard Johnson) may not have been Arie's future wife, but he hasn't been able to find a love like hers since. Now Arie, 36, is back and ready to race into America's heart yet again when he returns for a second shot at love, starring in the 22nd season of ABC's hit romance reality series 'The Bachelor,' premiering MONDAY, JANUARY 1 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) (FRONT ROW) KRYSTAL, JACQUELINE, BRITTANE, BRIANNA, LAUREN B. ARIE LUYENDYK JR., KENDALL, MAQUEL, JENNY, JESSICA, SEINNE; (MIDDLE ROW) NYSHA, ANNALIESE, JENNA, ASHLEY, LAUREN S., TIA, BRITTNAY, AMBER, LAUREN J., ALISON; (BACK ROW) CAROLINE, BEKAH M., BECCA K., CHELSEA, LAUREN G., VALERIE, MARIKH, OLIVIA, BIBIANA
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2201' - What do a quirky, cute set decorator who has a thing for taxidermy, death and zombies; a Yale graduate with the business acumen to be a big success, but failing grades in love; a rock-climbing nanny who combines youthful exuberance with classic charm; a lovely Latin lady who can spice things up in the romance department; and a former model who harbors a huge secret all have in common? They all have their sights set on making the Bachelor, Arie Luyendyk Jr., their future husband when the much-anticipated 22nd edition of ABCs hit romance reality series The Bachelor premieres, MONDAY, JAN. 1 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Paul Hebert/ABC via Getty Images) REBECCA K., ARIE LUYENDYK JR.
THE BACHELOR - Six years ago, Arie Luyendyk Jr. was in love and a day away from proposing to the woman of his dreams. And then, she broke his heart. Emily Maynard (now Emily Maynard Johnson) may not have been Arie's future wife, but he hasn't been able to find a love like hers since. Now Arie, 36, is back and ready to race into America's heart yet again when he returns for a second shot at love, starring in the 22nd season of ABC's hit romance reality series 'The Bachelor,' premiering MONDAY, JANUARY 1 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) REBECCA
THE BACHELOR - Six years ago, Arie Luyendyk Jr. was in love and a day away from proposing to the woman of his dreams. And then, she broke his heart. Emily Maynard (now Emily Maynard Johnson) may not have been Arie's future wife, but he hasn't been able to find a love like hers since. Now Arie, 36, is back and ready to race into America's heart yet again when he returns for a second shot at love, starring in the 22nd season of ABC's hit romance reality series 'The Bachelor,' premiering MONDAY, JANUARY 1 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) REBECCA
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