NEW YORK - For the past few months, Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried have kept their engagement secret as their season on ABC's "The Bachelorette" played out. So secret, they went by the code names Sonny and Cher.
To stay connected, they saw each other every other week for long weekends, would video chat and talk on the phone.
"Now we have our own names in our phones," Siegfried said in an interview Tuesday. "It's such a milestone. So many firsts!"
The fact that Hartsock picked Siegfried, a mortgage broker, came as a surprise to many viewers.
For much of the season, Hartsock said another contestant, Brooks Forrester, was the front-runner. Spoiler websites predicted that Forrester and Hartsock would end up together.
But with just Forrester, Siegfried and Drew Kenney remaining on the show, Forrester took himself out of the competition, saying he didn't feel the same way about Hartsock.
The finale on Monday night opened with Hartsock heartbroken about being blindsided, even telling host Chris Harrison that she wanted to go home.
She said those feelings were genuine.
"When I was saying I wanted to go home, that's what I wanted to do," the 27-year-old said. But it didn't take long for her to realize that Siegfried was the right guy for her.