ABC News' Amanda Keegan reports:
It was the blindside heard around the world.
The first part of the two-week "Bachelorette" finale ended in heartbreak for 27-year-old Desiree Hartsock, who had narrowed the playing field down to three potential suitors, Chris Siegfried, Drew Kenney and Brooks Forester, who would end up shocking everyone by bowing out at the last minute.
In a never before seen "Bachelorette" moment, Hartsock was dumped by Brooks, the front runner of the final three men, on national television.
"I didn't want to share my heart. I wanted to give it to you," Hartsock said on part one of the shocking finale on July 29.
Hartsock is now admitting she almost left the show, writing on her People.com blog, "Brooks's departure really threw me for a loop. I didn't know what to do and I seriously considered going home and calling it all quits … I had such strong feelings for him that I couldn't imagine not reaching the full potential of a proposal."
Seemingly deceived, she added, "He led me to believe that he was on board and wanted this to work out … I was completely blindsided and heartbroken by his exit."
That moment hit a little too close to home for former "Bachelor" contestant, Melissa Rycroft, who may have won Jason Mesnick's final rose, but not his heart.
"I would love Des to pick up the phone and call me," Rycroft told ABC News. "I know a thing or two about bouncing back from a bad break up."
Rycroft is now happily married with a little girl, and despite the public heartbreak, says she would do it all over again.
"It definitely molded me into who I am now. It led me to my husband," she said.
And some relationship experts say such a traumatic breakup could be the best thing ever to happen to Hartsock.
"Having your heart broken is essential to finding true love in the future," Donna Barnes, author of "Giving Up Junk-Food Relationships," explained. "I think it gives you depth and you learn things about yourself."
Hartsock admitted on her blog she was "relieved now that [Brooks] was honest," saying she "wanted to see this through" with the two remaining men.
But not everyone is convinced Brooks is gone for good.
"People come back realizing the errors of their ways and I'm going to go ahead and place my bet that we are going to see Brooks back," said Rycroft.
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