Belle of "The Bachelor SA" ball, Michelle Reddy, left the man of her dreams and her happily-ever-after fantasy behind on Thursday's episode of M-Net's dating show.
The 29-year-old beauty was in tears after Lee Thompson failed to hand her a rose during the most intense rose ceremony of the season, at the romantic Mauritius LUX Grand Gaube
The graceful young lass and recipient of South Africa’s first-impression rose, Michelle.R, was a Bachelor Nation favourite from the beginning of the series, and also a huge threat to the other ladies in the mansion. She attended fewer group dates than anyone else and was the only one to be invited to two one-on-one dates. She was also the first lucky lady to receive a piece of jewellery from Jack Friedman Jewellers and Lee.
Many of the ladies questioned Michelle.R’s connection with Lee, but the couple shared something special. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough in the end. Lee explained to her: "I just don’t feel the same level of comfort as I do with the other remaining ladies. It’s nothing personal."
Lee also said to her that she is a beautiful, driven individual that took his breath away many times, but that it just wasn’t meant to be in this lifetime. Michelle.R took the heartbreak with grace. "I'm so grateful that in this journey I met a guy who showed me the right way; showed me that guys can be kind, caring, adventurous – the full package".
The final two ladies, Gina and Jozaan, are locked in an even battle. "I don’t feel guilty about being here,” Gina said. “I’m here for a reason and I’m really excited." Jozaan still feels quite nervous, after her declaration of love to Lee in tonight’s episode. “Knowing he has feelings for Gina is a bitter pill,” she said.