'Bachelorette' talks about surprising engagement

  • This publicity image released by ABC shows Chris Siegfried, left, placing a ring on the finger of Desiree Hartsock during the final rose ceremony on the romance competition series "The Bachelorette," on the season finale that aired Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 on ABC. (AP Photo/ABC, Francisco Roman)

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.

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