Eliza Isichei had a big decision to make at the rose ceremony on the November 7 episode of Bachelor in Paradise. Would she give her next rose Rodney Mathewswho received her previous rose, or would she choose Justin Glaze, who came back to the beach after being eliminated only to pursue her? Eliza had a great time during her one-on-one date with Justin, and was upset with Rodney for not fighting for her to only want to be with him when she agreed to go on the date.
At the cocktail party, Rodney swore to Eliza that this would prove to her that he would do anything to make her happy. At the end of the conversation, he felt good about where they were. “I feel pretty confident in where I stand with Eliza,” Rodney admitted. “We had a great conversation and I feel like I really let go a lot, so now she and I can really focus on our relationship and keep planning for post-Paradise.”
However, Eliza also had a good conversation with Justin, and Rodney had to watch them make out right in front of him on the beach. Eliza was extremely torn with only moments left until the rose ceremony, and the ladies encouraged her to follow her heart. Still, no one on the beach made it a secret that they thought Rodney was the better guy for Eliza. Mostly everyone was looking for Rodney to get the rose and find his happiness.
In the end, all the banter seemed to affect Eliza as she gave Rodney the rose. “I just want to say thank you for showing up for me this week and being patient with me and fighting for us,” she told him. After breaking Justin’s heart, she walked him out to have one last conversation. She was in tears when they said goodbye. “I just want you to know how special you are and that you deserve it all,” Justin told Eliza. “You deserve your happiness. Know that.” He also encouraged her not to “beat herself up” about the breakup. “It was so hard,” Eliza admitted, through tears, in a confessional. “It’s terrible. I knew it was going to be a tough night and I thought I would feel better now, so why am I feeling worse? I didn’t expect to deal with this.”
The next morning Eliza was still in tears, and admittedly beginning to regret her decision. “I scared my eyes to send Justin home. What does that mean?” she wonders. “I’m starting to think that maybe I didn’t make the right choice for me.”
Eliza pulled Rodney aside to tell him how she felt. “I chose you last night because we had so much fun together so far and it was so good,” she explained. “I chose you because it just felt like the right thing to do. I have a lot of feelings for you. But then, I think when I walked out on Justin, I was so upset. And I thought I was just upset because I had to hurt someone’s feelings and I thought, ‘I’ll be fine. I’m going to be emotional tonight, but I’ll wake up and be okay and have clarity and it’ll pass.’ But then I woke up this morning and I still feel the same.”
Rodney immediately asked Eliza if she thought she made the wrong choice by giving him the rose and she should come clean. “I just don’t think I made the right decision for myself,” she admitted. “I think I felt so much pressure and I think I was a little influenced by how much love everyone has for you.” She also admitted that she had stronger feelings for Justin than Rodney. At that point, Rodney had no reason to stay in Paradise any longer. He left the beach in tears. Everyone was sad to see him go, with many of the attendees also crying over the sadness.
Eliza was also still upset, and some of the ladies encouraged her to go after Justin if that’s who she wanted. Eliza packed her bags and flew to Maryland to have a conversation with Justin. “Going after him is definitely a first,” she shared. “I don’t usually chase guys. But he means a lot to me and I hope he is as excited to see me as I am to see him. I am really very nervous. I sent him home, so maybe it was a hit to his ego. Perhaps he had already closed that door in his mind. I trust in that feeling we had together on the beach. I really think he is someone I can see myself with in the future. I hope the feelings are mutual.”
However, we won’t see how their conversation goes until next week Bachelor in Paradise on Nov 14