Viewers tuned in Monday night for the finale of ABC’s The Bachelorette and witnessed history as Charity Lawson and Dotun Olubeko accomplished something never seen on the show.
The two became the first monoracial Black couple to get engaged on the reality television series.
The final episode was filmed in Fiji, where Lawson had to choose who she wanted to be with during the rose ceremony. Joey Graziadei, 27, Aaron Bryant, 29 and Olubeko, 30, were the remaining three men at the end of Lawson’s journey on the program.
Lawson spent time with Graziadei and Olubeko and introduced them to her family. But it wasn’t until the proposal day with Graziadei that she realized she didn’t want to spend her life with him.
“I found love that’s deeper with someone else,” Charity told Joey. “And it won’t make sense in this moment and it’s hard. It’s hard to get these words out because the truth is, Joey, that I am in love with you.”
Meanwhile, Olubeko checked off all the boxes for Lawson. The two shared their love for each other and recounted their time together.
“Charity, there is so much that we’ve experienced, from our very first kiss at the mansion, where I was like, ‘I don’t know what I’m doing, but I’m going for it,’ all the way to conquering our fear of 200 feet in the air, running through New Orleans, and most importantly falling in love. You have been able to make me feel so incredibly special,” Olubeko said, according to Bachelor Nation.
Lawson also shared how the Brooklyn native made her feel during their journey together.
“I’ve always said that being here and being along this journey has taught me that one conversation can change everything. When I think of that moment and when I think of you, it takes me back to Oceanside when we shared that incredibly special moment that changed my life, truly, forever,” she said.
As the pair continued to exchange loving words, Olubeko got down on one knee and proposed to Lawson.
“Charity, you have inspired me, you have taught me, you have shown me that a good thing can really just be a good thing. The love that we have is perfect. So, Miss Charity Lawson, would you do me the honor of turning this fairy tale into a reality? Charity Lawson, will you marry me?” he asked.
“A million times yes!” Lawson responded as he placed the 3-carat engagement ring on her finger.
Lawson told People the engagement ring was a “perfect” fit for her.
“I was honestly in shock,” she said. “It’s so beautiful. I honestly think it’s perfect for me, who I am as a woman.”
Lawson is the second monoracial Black bachelorette following Rachel Lindsay and is the fourth overall bachelorette of Black descent following Tayshia Adams and Michelle Young.
Lawson and Olubeko are the second Black couple to come out of The Bachelorette, following Young and Nayte Olukoya. Young was the first Black lead of The Bachelorette or The Bachelor to choose a Black partner.