Helene Eksterowicz, winner of “The Bachelor” season 2, has got engaged. She previously accepted a proposal from “The Bacheor” Aaron Buerge but the couple split after five weeks. (That’s Helene and Aaron in the photo, in case your “Bachelor” memories can’t stretch back that far.)
This latest proposal was a lot more private than when 29 million people saw her accept Aaron Buerge’s offer of marriage, but that is just fine by Helene Ekstwerowicz. Her engagement on “The Bachelor” season 2 only lasted for five weeks
But she will be hoping her relationship Andrew Goodman, a senior technology consultant for IBM, lasts a lot longer. Actually it already has. The couple has been dating for a year and a half.
“We are very happy about planning our future together,” the middle school psychologist told “People” as she shared the details of the romantic proposal which happened during a birthday trip to the Poconos last weekend, much to “The Bachelor” alum’s surprise.
“I thought we were just going up there to celebrate my birthday, but boy was I surprised! We stopped somewhere to have a drink after a long day of snow-tubing and sightseeing and Andrew proposed after singing a karaoke version of the song ‘Fire and Rain,’ ” she said. “I almost thought it was a joke!”
But she couldn’t be happier, gushing, “Andrew is a great guy – handsome, loving, family-oriented, hardworking and very non-Hollywood, which is perfect!”
Helene Eksterowicz and Andrew Goodman plan to marry this summer and she has already started daydreaming about the big day. “We want to do something different, like have our reception at a winery or unique venue,” she notes. “We’re really excited!”
Aaron Buerge, the season 2 “Bachelor” who proposed to Helene, from whom she later split, also found love after the show. He returned to his hometown of Springfield, Mo., following and married Angye McIntosh in 2009.