Fletcher was the lead woman for season 12 of The Bachelorette in 2016, after being the runner-up on Ben Higgins’ season of The Bachelor. Rodgers was a clear front-runner throughout the show, with many speculating from the first episode that he would be the winner of the season, which proved to be true when Fletcher chose him over runner-up Robby Hayes. Since the show ended, the former real estate developer and her ex-NFL beau have taken up a joint career as house flippers, and have their own home renovation show called Cash Pad on CNBC. The couple has been engaged for three years and recently revealed that they’re planning to get married in the spring or summer of 2020, but before their nuptials, Rodgers had something special in mind. On August 25, Fletcher revealed on her Instagram that her fiancé had re-proposed to her with a brand new ring. So what’s going to happen to the old ring?
Fletcher has revealed (via: US Weekly) that she plans to keep her original Neil Lane engagement ring. Lane is the long-time go-to designer for all engagement rings used on The Bachelor franchise shows, and the couples are given the rings free of charge so long as they stay together for two or more years. Since Fletcher and Rodgers have been together for three years, they’re no longer required to return the ring to the series, and are free to do what they want with it. The former Bachelorette star said on friend Becca Tilley’s podcast that the couple definitely wants to keep the ring, saying, “It’s so sentimental, we’re gonna keep it.” Fletcher isn’t positive what she wants to do with the 3.5 carat oval-cut Neil Lane diamond, but she thinks maybe she’ll “pass it down [or] turn it into a necklace.” She added that the ring holds “the greatest story of all time.”
After the second proposal, Rodgers wrote on his Instagram that he had always wanted to re-propose to his leading lady “with no cameras, no producers, no drama...just us,” but he also doesn’t discount how special their original proposal was. Rodgers wrote that their first engagement was “so real, and meant so much to us both,” but that he wanted to be able to propose and plan their wedding “OUR WAY!” Could this mean they’re going the same route as Rachel Lindsay and Bryan Abasolo and opting out of a Bachelor Nation TV wedding?
The leading ladies of The Bachelorette have a much higher track record of staying with their choices after the show ends in comparison to the stars of The Bachelor, with 6 out of 15 former bachelorettes still with their final choices versus only 4 out of 23 bachelors who are still with their picks. It's not clear why the women seem to make better choices than the male stars, but if pattern indicates anything, Fletcher and Rodgers have a long, happy future ahead of them.