Ashley Herbert and J.P. Rosenbaum seemed to be doing fine on The Bachelorette, heading toward a final rose ceremony without any hitches -- except for Ashley and J.P. themselves getting hitched, that is.
But then it happened: The attack of the evil family member. In this case it was Ashley's sister Chrystie, a tattooed, rock 'n' roll version of Ashley with a ton of attitude.
That attitude was directed toward J.P., whom Chrystie felt wasn't quite right for sis Ashley. The J.P./Chrystie confrontation certainly raised an air of doubt on the final episode of The Bachelorette for viewers, but did the incident almost undo Ashley and J.P.?
No, said the couple in a conference call with reporters.
"Nothing that happened between me and her sister had any influence on my decision to propose," J.P. said. "I always knew that I was going to propose. I guess pretty much two or three weeks prior, I knew it was going to happen."
While J.P. kept his resolve, he was concerned that Chrystie's attack would undermine Ashley's.
"I was just afraid that her sister's comments and opinions would influence the way she felt about me, but I was hoping that she would trust her gut, trust her heart and not really listen to her sister -- it turned out alright," J.P. said.
Alright, as Ashley was not swayed by Chrystie.
"To be honest, I knew that I would follow my own gut and I wouldn't let anyone else influence me," Ashley said. "I knew that she would grow to love him and once she saw us together, I had no doubt that she would see what I feel and that things would be alright and that things would be great."
Indeed, Chrystie called Ashley up after watching a few episodes of The Bachelorette.
"She called me up and said, 'I'm so sorry. I completely see it now. I was too quick to judge,'" Ashley said. "So, it took a little while, but she came around."
Ashley and J.P. are together and living in the New York City area.
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