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'The Bachelorette' 2022: Fans find it 'normal' for Johnny to not commit after just 8 weeks of dating Gabby

Although Gabby claims to have enjoyed herself with Erich, she is looking forward to enjoying herself with Johnny, which doesn't bode well for him
Johnny and Gabby in 'The Bachelorette' 2022 (ABC)
Johnny and Gabby in 'The Bachelorette' 2022 (ABC)

RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO: The Fantasy Suites for ABC's 'The Bachelorette' Season 19 are finally here, as Gabby Windey and Johnny DePhillipo continue to explore their connection. Gabby and Johnny have had enough one-on-one time together, she saw his family during the hometowns segment, and now Gabby doesn't want to go on an overnight date without knowing there are unanswered questions.

Gabby and Johnny have had a strong bond since the beginning. Their flame didn't appear to be the hottest, but they continued to grow the connection throughout hometowns week. Johnny's homecoming date barely lasted around eight minutes, but Gabby seemed to enjoy herself. But one thing fans could take away from their hometown was that Johnny might not be ready to pop the question.


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Johnny and Gabby in 'The Bachelorette' 2022 (ABC)
Johnny and Gabby in 'The Bachelorette' 2022 (ABC)

Although the 'L' word has not yet been exchanged, Johnny considers Gabby to be "the dopest girl" he's ever "hung with." "Whenever I'm with Johnny, it is so easy and effortless," Gabby says. "I'm so hopeful about a future with him." Having said that, she isn't ready to go on an overnight date with him unless she thinks Johnny is ready for a long, long, long-term commitment. When they return to the beach, Gabby asks him directly, "I am at a place in my life where I do feel like, you know, I am ready to be engaged." Okay, that's more of a claim. But Johnny understands that the underlying conclusion to that phrase is, "Can you say the same?" Johnny doesn't state he's not ready straight away; instead, he mumbles about how difficult it is to think about the matter. Johnny actually sees a future with her, but he makes it clear to Gabby that he will not propose to her (or anyone else) so soon.

'The Bachelorette' excuses herself to ponder things, and when she returns to the blanket, she reveals everything. "I feel like we want to different things," she says to Johnny. "If the timing isn't there… you want to fix it, but there isn't anything to fix." Gabby walks regretfully back to the sailboat after an intense parting embrace.

Fans are surprisingly not blaming him after he came clean to Gabby, with one fan writing: "I saw the Johnny thing coming, unfortunately. But kudos to him for being honest and now we already know he will be on Paradise #TheBachelorette." Many fans also feel it is absolutely normal for the men to not commit given the timeframe: "And the gag is, Johnny and Jason not being ready for an engagement after 8 weeks is completely normal. This franchise just pushes the idea of an engagement more than actual strong relationships #TheBachelorette." Blaming on how the season was rushed with two bachelorettes, a fan wrote: "I get that this season was rushed, so I understand why Jason and Johnny aren’t sure about an engagement but then again they also knew that Gabby wanted to end with a commitment for weeks now… #TheBachelorette." Another fan wrote: "Unpopular opinion: it's ok that Johnny and Jason aren't ready for that kind of commitment after 2 months. #TheBachelorette."





Gabby is certain that she can find love with Jason and Erich, but we see Jason tell Jesse that he's "not quite there just yet" when it comes to falling in love with Gabby. He's taking it day by day, but "it’s hard for me to get to the point of engagement." Drama awaits!

'The Bachelorette' Season 19 airs every Tuesday at 8/7c on ABC.

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