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Golden Bachelor runner-up Leslie Fhima proved time heals even the worst heartbreak as she celebrated Theresa Nist’s marriage to Gerry Turner at The Golden Wedding ceremony.
“Love you @theresa_nist,” Leslie, 65, wrote by way of her Instagram Story on Thursday, January 4, sharing a selfie with the bride. The twosome had been all smiles as they posed collectively on the wedding ceremony reception.
Bachelor Nation followers watched Theresa change vows with Gerry, 72, the primary Golden Bachelor, in a televised ceremony on Thursday night time. Leslie introduced sooner or later earlier than the marriage that she can be there to see the couple stroll down the aisle.
“I can’t wait to help Gerry and Theresa of their stunning day, and I do know it’s going to be actually, actually wonderful,” she revealed by way of her Instagram Story, sharing an replace after her current well being scare. (Leslie was briefly hospitalized on her sixty fifth birthday final month.)
Leslie caught up with fellow Golden Bachelor alum Kathy Swarts on Thursday night time as she arrived on the wedding ceremony, explaining why she needed to attend, regardless of her historical past with Gerry.
“At our age, we have now to have fun love. And I used to be superb associates with Theresa. We supported one another all through the entire time in the home, and all through this journey,” Leslie stated. “And I’m so, so pleased for her and Gerry. I actually am. And I’m right here on the finish of the day to help love in any manner.”
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Gerry dumped Leslie through the November 2023 season finale, and he or she later accused him of blindsiding her when the exes reunited on the After the Remaining Rose particular.
“I simply need to inform you, Gerry, that I fell in love with you for therefore many causes. I actually did. … A very powerful factor I fell in love with was your integrity. And due to your integrity, your phrases meant a lot to me. I didn’t take them as a right,” she stated. “I took them and I put them in my coronary heart, OK? And everyone is aware of what you stated on digital camera. However solely you and I do know it was stated in [during the] in a single day.”
Leslie insisted that she “would by no means share” what was stated throughout their “non-public time,” including, “However these phrases gave me one hundred pc certainty that I used to be your lady. … And your phrases simply meant a lot to me, and that’s why I used to be blindsided. As a result of I wasn’t positive the way it modified or what occurred.”
Gerry didn’t hesitate to apologize to Leslie for the best way their relationship ended. “I’m so sorry, Leslie. I’m so sorry. And after I got here onto the present, my head was able to undergo the method [and] ship folks dwelling,” he stated. “However what I spotted is my coronary heart wasn’t prepared. And with every passing rose ceremony and, particularly with you, it turned increasingly troublesome.”
Shortly after the finale aired, Leslie claimed Gerry made “plans” for his or her future within the fantasy suites. “He stated type of, like, ‘Save the date, that is what we’re going to do. I can’t anticipate us. [In] two extra days, we’ll be finished with this [and] be collectively, begin our life,’” she stated on the “Bachelor Glad Hour” podcast. “Did he say, ‘Will you marry me?’ in there, no, however he all however stated that.”
Leslie wasn’t the one Golden Bachelor alum to help Gerry and Theresa as they tied the knot on Thursday. Susan Noles officiated the ceremony, which was attended by fellow contestants Ellen Goltzer, Natascha Hardee, April Kirkwood, Religion Martin, Anna Zalk, Edith Aguirre, Patty James, Sandra Mason, Joan Vassos, Kathy Swarts and Nancy Hulkower.