Does Theresa Nist Win The Golden Bachelor? (SPOILERS)

WARNING! This article contains spoilers for The Golden Bachelor!


  • Theresa and Gerry share a deep connection on The Golden Bachelor, bonding over their personal losses.
  • Theresa and Gerry’s relationship continued to grow during their hometown and Fantasy Suite dates.
  • According to Reality Steve, Gerry is engaged to Theresa, indicating a happy ending to their love story on the show.

The Golden Bachelor contestant Theresa Nist has made a deep connection with leading man Gerry Turner, but will they fall in love? Premiere night was Theresa’s 70th birthday. During their one-on-one time, Gerry gave Theresa a cupcake, and they shared their first kiss. On the second episode of The Golden Bachelor, Gerry gave Theresa his first one-on-one date. It was Gerry’s first time driving on the California freeway, and the headlights on the car weren’t working. However, Theresa calmed him by putting her hand on his shoulder.

On the first Golden Bachelor one-on-one date, Gerry and Theresa went to Cadillac Jacks Drive-In & Diner, where they bonded about losing their spouses and feeling lonely. They talked about how they felt hope, while Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” played. They kissed, and then participated in a flash mob, dancing in and outside of the diner. Gerry then gave Theresa the date rose. Since then, their relationship has continued to grow as Gerry met Theresa’s family during their beautiful hometown date. They also exchanged “I love yous” during their Fantasy Suite date. Do they end up engaged in the end?

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Who Is Theresa Nist?

Theresa is a 70-year-old financial services professional from Shrewsbury, New Jersey. She’s a mom and grandmother to six grandsons. Her ABC bio reveals that she’s very close with her family, and “loves nothing more than seeing them all thrive.” She loves playing with her grandsons, and was shown playing ball in her premiere night package. Theresa said that she feels that she’s at the best part of her life.

In her Golden Bachelor premiere night package, Theresa said that she feels like she has so much more life to live. It’s been almost nine years since her husband, Billy, passed away. In the second episode, before her date with Gerry, Theresa admitted that she was thrilled beyond belief to receive it, but also “a little scared.” She shared that Billy was the love of her life, and she wondered if she could find that again. Theresa’s story is very similar to Gerry’s, and they bonded over their losses on their date.

Theresa got married to Billy when she was 18 years old. He was drafted during the Vietnam War, and came home to be in his brother’s wedding. They got married with two days’ notice. They were high school sweethearts, and began dating when Theresa was 14 and Billy was 16. They were married for 42 years. Tragically, Billy passed away because, as Theresa told Gerry, his kidneys were “not good.” He’d always had hope of having a kidney transplant.

However, tragically, one day when Theresa was at work, Billy suddenly took a turn for the worse. She ran home, and watched him take his last breath. Theresa shared in her confessional that, before Billy died, he told her that he hoped she would find someone and get married again. She said that she knew that if Billy were there, he’d tell her to just go for it with Gerry.

According to her ABC bio, Theresa says she is “optimistic, encouraging, and ready to love again after loss.” In addition to spending time with her family, Theresa likes playing board games, gardening, reading romance novels, and hula-hooping. She also loves to sing, but alone in her car, and she loves ’70s soft and hard rock. Theresa also taught herself all about the stock market. Theresa can be found on Instagram at @theresa_nist.

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Does Theresa Nist Win The Golden Bachelor?

According to Reality Steve, Gerry is engaged to Theresa. Gerry had narrowed down his group of women to Theresa and Leslie Fhima, a 64-year-old fitness instructor from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reality Steve said that it took him a while, but he finally was able to find out that Gerry chose Theresa, and they’re engaged. This means that Gerry had to say goodbye to Leslie, which was what had him so distraught in the finale previews.

The Golden Bachelor’s Theresa and Gerry have a strong connection built on their shared sense of loss, but also their hope for the future. Their love story has had a beautiful start, so an engagement is the perfect ending to their story on the show. However, this is just the beginning for them. Gerry and Theresa seem perfect for each other, and they’re wished so much happiness, good health, and hope as they move forward into this next chapter of their lives together.

The Golden Bachelor airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC.

Source: ABC, Theresa Nist/Instagram, Reality Steve/Instagram