The Bachelorette Australia

The Bachelorette Australia 2018: Ali Oetjen chooses Taite Radley in emotional finale

“Love is not just about ticking off a checklist”

By Tina Burke

Ali Oetjen chose to "take a risk" on Taite Radley in The Bachelorette Australia finale.

Though she went on the show to find a husband and begin her journey towards becoming a mother - within a three year time-frame - Ali said she was willing to put it all on the line for her slightly less-committed suitor Taite.

In a turn of events, Taite revealed to Ali during their final one-on-one date that he wasn't ready to "commit" to marriage and children.

He said that Ali's rigid timeline was holding him back from saying those three magic words: "let's get pizza." Kidding, of course, those words were the all-important "I love you."

"Everything I see in you is what I want," Taite said. "But the only thing that scares me is your timeline. You want them [marriage and kids] so fast."

Despite the shock revelation, Ali chose to say goodbye to the ever-perfect Todd King and take a chance on Taite.

"I feel like we would have such a perfect life together but something is missing for me," Ali told Todd. "I can't explain what I'm feeling but one thing I know now about love is that it's not just about ticking off a checklist."

Ali was overjoyed to choose Taite, even though she knew it was a risk.

"I know Taite's not going to say I love you and I'm okay with that," Ali said before the final rose ceremony. "I just can't wait to tell him. I am bursting with happiness."

As it turns out, Taite was more than happy to drop the L word once he knew he was Ali's chosen suitor.

"I came in to this journey to find love and I can honestly say I have found it with you," Taite told a tearful Ali, before giving her a commitment ring.

Taite and Ali have the look of love about them!
Taite and Ali have the look of love about them!

Congratulations to Ali and Taite! We look forward to receiving our wedding invitations in the mail… when you're ready, of course.

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