But model Rochelle Emmanuel-Smith, 27, missed out on her romantic ending as a result.
An emotional Tim told Anna, “It feels so good to finally be able to acknowledge what my heart is feeling, and you have my heart.
“I have fallen, madly and deeply in love with you. I love you. It feels so good to finally be able to say it. I want to make you feel special every day. I can’t wait to start the next part of our journey together.”
He even presented her with a diamond ring.
“I hope you know that I will be as committed to you as I possibly can be, because I know you make me a better me. I really do love you,” she said.
But runner-up Rochelle was crushed when Tim gave her the bad news.
“It’s really hard to believe what has just happened. I’m in shock. I can’t imagine that he could be that close with me but it not be me,” she said.
“I’m not disappointed that I opened my heart, it’s just going to take some time for it to sink in. I’ve had such an amazing experience and it has changed my life. It’s just a weird ending that’s bitter and sad.”
Following the final rose ceremony, Tim said: “It feels so good to finally tell Anna that I love her. It’s like I have the biggest weight lifted and I can take a deep breath. This is the first day of the next chapter of our lives together and I can not wait to get it started.”
“I never thought I would be in this position. It has definitely made me believe in fairy tales again. It was completely magical,”
Despite a wobbly start, the show has gained a loyal and growing following, especially amongst social media, and will return in 2014.
Tonight TEN screens an After the Final Rose special at 7:30pm.