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Andy Baldwin, Tessa Horst Discuss Their Love, Future Plans

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Andy Baldwin, Tessa HorstHe's not an Italian prince, heir to a big tire company's fortune or a mediocre football player like the men who came before him.

Still, Andy Baldwin proved to be a knight in shining armor on the season finale as he knelt down and offered up a 2-carat diamond to his lovely leading lady, Tessa Horst.

During a press tour to celebrate their love, Baldwin - a Naval doctor - and his bride-to-be spoke with Us Weekly about what they've learned since he dispatched Bevin Powers and chose Tessa on The Bachelor, as well as what's next on tap for the happy pair.

Us Weekly: Congratulations! You both must be so thrilled after having to keep your relationship a secret since the show wrapped in March. What do you have planned now that America knows that you are in love and engaged?
Andy Baldwin: We've been walking around New York and I've been screaming it at the top of my lungs! It's not a secret any longer! We finished the show two months ago and to have to watch it all over again and it's been really hard - especially on Tessa - to have all that drudged up.
Tessa Horst: It's a huge relief to have it over. It's been great moving forward with Andy since the show's been wrapping, but it was hard that everyone around us was watching it as if it was present. We're really excited to move forward from here.

Us Weekly: You no doubt learned quite a bit about each other during the course of the show, but what have you learned about each other since?
Andy Baldwin: We've learned a lot! [Laughs] We've seen each other four times and talked to each other over the phone [while the show was airing]. We've definitely commented how much better we know each other now than we did at the end of the show. The risk we took in getting engaged is getting better and better. There are some things Tessa has found out about me...
Tessa Horst: Andy snores! [Laughs] He wakes up at 5 a.m. every morning, as if that's a normal time to get up and start your day!
Andy Baldwin: Tessa's a good cook! [Pause] And she sweats a lot from her armpits! [Laughs]

Us Weekly: Andy, last time we spoke, you told me you were anxious to find a new workout buddy to jog and watch Hawaiian sunsets with. Have you been home to Hawaii yet?
Andy Baldwin: I was back at home in Hawaii the day we finished filming and back to work the next day in my uniform taking care of my guys. I've done a few media trips back and forth, but I'm really excited to welcome Tessa back. We're going home this Friday for Memorial Day weekend and plan to give her a big aloha welcome!

Us Weekly: Lastly, what will make your reality TV romance work when previous reality couples' romances fizzled?
Andy Baldwin: We've found true love. We're real people and that's what it comes down to. We're very optimistic and more in love now than ever. That's such a great feeling!
Tessa Horst: We were realistic going through the process and there were few surprises. I felt by the time the show wrapped that I knew who Andy was and he knew who I was. That wasn't going to change.

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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Seeing a therapist before marriage is an excellent idea. It might save a trip to the a counselor after they marry.

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Seeing a therapist before marriage is an excellent idea. It might save a trip to the a counselor after they marry.

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Seeing a therapist before marriage is an excellent idea. It might save a trip to the a counselor after they marry.

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Seeing a therapist before marriage is an excellent idea. It might save a trip to the a counselor after they marry.

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Seeing a therapist before marriage is an excellent idea. It might save a trip to the a counselor after they marry.

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Please someone tell me are Andy and Tessa still together?

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June 23, 2007 at 4:49pm
I feel like Andy & Tessa truly are meant to be together as husband & wife. They do love one another & it is obvious to most of us that he made the right choice. Bevin was not honest about her divorce. She had plenty of 1 on 1 time with him to tell him the truth. Also there has to be more in a relationship than just the physical attraction. Andy's grandfather gave him good advise about that. I must say though that I am very disappointed that Tessa & Andy are going to move in together without getting married first. Couples do everything backwards in today's world. They meet, date, move in together, have babies & then maybe get married. That is not how God wants us to live. God's word (KJV) says to not commit adultery or fornication. I was happy that Tessa & Andy fell in love. Now that you are engaged, do the honorable thing & get married...if you can live together & sleep together, why not do it the way God wants for you to do it?? Tessa says she takes "baby steps" well....moving in with Andy is not a baby step!!! That is a huge step & it is against God's word!! God made us (men & women) & His word is our instruction book on how to live & love & have a happy life. I would encourage both of you to sit down & pray together & read the King James Version of the bible & ask God to show you the right "baby steps" that He wants you to take to live a long & happy life together as husband & wife. I know that God will bless your life together abundantly if you put Him first & seek His ways.
May God bless you both!!

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I have to agree with justme, i think that Andy is not throiugh with Bevin. You could only tell that he obviously still had felings for Bevin and he will always have a place in his heart. I think that he had more or a connection with Bevin instead of Tessa. Tessa was not into him like Bevin was. I mean it was his choice and so be it, if he chooses Tessa then more power to him. I think that Bevin would make a awesome bachelorette.

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Tessa Handles her self so well. Always said the right thing. I felt anyone in Andy's position would felt in love with Tessa. She is so lovable. She is not direct saying things but always send a right message. I am old enough to be their parent and yet every day I am reading their message board and watch their video. Its better than any love story movie. It certainly brighten my day.

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I want to say that Andy and Tessa are the so right for each other. I think that Andy fell for Tessa from the very begining. The way he looked at her and the way his face would light up whenever he was talking to her, it was so obvious. I don't think Bevin was fake, but she wasn't right for Andy. I really do think that the other girls were holding a spot until he figured out how Tessa felt. I knew he felt strongly about her when he said that if her family didn't approve of him it was all over. I was like, this is so the girl for him. And when she finally told him that she loved him, he had the same goffy smile that he had when he first saw her. I hope they have a great life together.