Bachelorette's Reid: "I Thought I Was the Best Guy" for Jillian

Entertainment Jul. 31, 2009 AT 9:07AM
<i>Bachelorette</i>'s Reid: "I Thought I Was the Best Guy" for Jillian Credit: CRAIG SJODIN/ABC

Reid Rosenthal -- the third runner-up on The Bachelorette who shocked viewers by falling to one knee and proposing to Jillian Harris on Tuesday's finale -- is still hurting over Harris' rejection.

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"I thought I was the best guy with her," he tells Entertainment Tonight. "I knew I wanted to spend tomorrow [with her]. I wasn't 100 percent sure we were going to get married in six months or a year, but I knew she was someone I wanted to spend a lot of time with. I actually thought our relationship was 50 times better than the other guys. I thought it was my job to come back and get her."

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He adds that if he had admitted his feelings for her earlier, she would have sent Kiptyn Locke home in third place instead of him.

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"At this point, I have strong feelings for her, but like I said at the [After the Final Rose] taping, everything happens for a reason," says Rosenthal, who is currently single. "That helps me have closure right there. Everything works the way it is supposed to work out."

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