Ten minutes after Chris Lambton of Dennis, one of two finalists on Seaon 6 of ABC’s reality show “The Bachelorette,” received his walking papers from bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky, a radiant rainbow appeared in the cloudless Tahitian sky.
“I wasn’t the one, and it really hurts,” Lambton said. “Then I saw a perfect rainbow, and I knew that was my mom saying that when you put yourself out there for love, there’s a chance you’re going to be hurt. But my mom was telling me it’s going to be OK. I just have to learn from it and move on.”
Before Marjorie Lambton’s death in 2008, she told her sons to look for her in rainbows.
Minutes after arriving for her final date with Lambton, Fedotowsky, 25, told him she was in love with Roberto Martinez, 26, an insurance agent from Charlotte, S.C. “You’re one of the best men I’ve ever met, but when two people enjoy being together, hanging out, I don’t think that means they’re supposed to be together,” Fedotowsky said. “Do you understand? I’m in love with someone else, and I’m going to have to let you go here and not wait until [the final rose ceremony] tomorrow.”
Lambton bent his head, masking the hurt washing over his face. “This is really hard,” he said. “I put myself out there, and I haven’t done that in awhile. Thank you for being honest.”
Ali cried and the two exchanged hugs before she left Lambton alone. “I wasn’t’ the one, and it really hurts,” he said. “But the fact that she told me today, before the rose ceremony, I can never thank her enough for that.” Traditionally, the bachelorette makes her final selection by presenting one of the final two men with a rose and sending the other one home.
Several days earlier, Lambton’s hopes had been buoyed after meeting Fedotowsky’s parents, her sister Raya and brother Michael. During the visit, Lambton learned that like his father Ed, Ali’s father Alex is Canadian. The Fedotowskys cheered upon learning that Chris, too, is from Massachusetts [they live in Williamstown]. Raya said she hoped to see “a lot more” of Chris, Michael suggested they take in some Red Sox games together and Alex gave his blessing should his daughter accept Lambton’s marriage proposal.
“I really think Ali is my soul mate, my perfect person,” Lambton said following the visit. “I feel like turning around, grabbing her and running away. She’s the perfect girl for me. We’re going to have a wonderful life together.”
Two days later, his hopes were shattered.
Speculation runs high that ABC will tap Lambton for next season’s reality show “The Bachelor.” But those who know the 33-year-old landscaper aren’t so sure that he’d go for wearing his heart on his sleeve again, publicly.
During his brief appearance on the hour-long “After the Final Rose” following the season finale, Lambton said the replay of his rejection was painful to watch. “Sharing such a personal, intimate moment with the public is incredibly hard,” he said.
When “Bachelorette” host Chris Hamilton asked if he were angry, Lambton said no. “You can’t force love,” he said. “I don’t think I did anything wrong. The experience made me realize I’m ready to fall in love, to meet my soul mate.”
Then, brought face to face with Fedotowsky for the first time since her rejection, Lambton was the consummate gentleman. “Thank you so much for taking me on this journey,” he said. “I’m glad you found love because that’s what you’re here for.”
Some didn’t agree. Bernie Stron of South Yarmouth, who watched the final episode from Chapin’s restaurant, defended his friend. “Chris has far more class than she [Ali] does. He is far more sincere, and he has character.”
Lee Moynihan of Sandwich had four words to add: “Get the bracelet back!”
During a date in Portugal, Lambton gave Fedotowsky a Dennis bracelet, which she wore during her visit with Lambton’s family in their Corporation Road home.
Seasonal resident Andrea Jenney of Braintree was among the Lambton fans shocked by Fedotowsky’s decision. “WOW. I didn’t see that coming. My heart broke for him. Chris seems like such a great guy. I have no doubt that he will have his pick of women and find the ‘one.’”
Kimberly Pinto of Bensenville, Ill, shared her response to Lanbton’s rejection in an e-mail. “I was sad for Chris,” she wrote. “But as soon as the show ended, my first thought was please don’t say he is going to be the next bachelor. I think that would ruin the great person he is, and we have seen the [poor] success rate for the men.”