"Looking back; I’m proud of myself. I gave it my all, I was true to myself and I wore my heart on my sleeve," she adds. "Whilst it’s not my fairytale ending, the laughs and the memories will last a lifetime. I want to say thank you to my on-set Bachelor family who were with me up until the very end, thank you for making me laugh through my endless tears that night.
"To everyone that supported me on this crazy journey, the people out there who don’t even know me but continue to keep the vibes positive and especially the people who got me through a few of the hardest moments, you know who you are, and you’re the real ones.
"I’m a firm believer that things happen for a reason and now was not my time, I’ll never stop being a hopeless romantic and I’m sure my happily ever after is still out there. Hopefully I don’t need to kiss too many more frogs 🐸✨"
Prior to the finale, Bella took to The Bachelor's Instagram to share a heartfelt message about her Bachelor journey.
"Never in a million years did I think I would be stepping out of the limo that first night and meeting someone who I’d connect with on so many levels," she wrote. "After a very long, incredible journey and seeing Locky with my loved ones, I have a full heart and I can definitely picture my life with him, which is simultaneously exciting and petrifying."
She continued, "Regardless of the outcome, this has been one heck of a wild ride and I’m so grateful for the beautiful people I’ve met along the way and everything I’ve learnt about myself."
Ahead of the final episode, Bella also took to her own social media pages to share both her final look of the season–a stunning strapless purple-hued gown from Georgia Young Couture–and a reflection of her experience in the Bachelor mansion.
She wrote, "After a long, incredible journey we’re finally here ✨ I’m so excited at the prospect of finally finding my happily ever after."
Following her red carpet entrance, where the 25-year-old marketing executive gifted Locky a heart pin to wear on his sleeve–so he would remember "to always wear his heart on his sleeve"–Bella was pegged as a favourite to win. Although, things were not easy for her as tensions in her friendship with Irena began to show cracks in her and Locky's relationship.
While Bella didn't walk away with Locky in tow, she has since been rumoured to be living with castmate Bec Cvilikas in Sydney. Bella has also been spotted with several fellow Australian reality TV stars, including Bachelor In Paradise alum Nathan Favro and Jad Nehmetallah from Gogglebox.