Meanwhile, Brown battled cancer in 2006, 2012, and again in 2014.
Since their relationship has played out over several seasons, we watched them fall in love, we swooned as beauty tamed the beast, and our hearts shattered when they broke up. "We do, but coming in to this season, I didn't want to hang out with him," Diem adds.
Plus, when you add going out to bars with them to the mix, things happen." As you can see in ETonline's exclusive sneak peek above, C. and Diem waste no time falling back on old feelings -- but that doesn't mean C. "I'm just trying to play the hand I've been dealt the best way I can," he laughs. I told him several times, as long as I was his number one vote, I really didn't care what -- or who -- he did." C. "She'd be creepin' past my room like a mother f*cker [laughs].
PHOTOS - Hollywood's Hottest Shirtless Men "I actually find it funny," Diem says. Like, if you're going to use your sexuality to get ahead in this game and fall for his [lies], you're an idiot. It was actually fun for me because if I wanted attention from her, I'd go talk to another girl.
14, her ex-boyfriend Chris "CT" Tamburello made one final attempt at reconciliation by proposing, sources exclusively reveal to Us Weekly.
A source close to Brown tells Us that Tamburello swept into his longtime love's hospital room at NYU Langone Medical Center, where he got down on bended knee and presented her with a ruby ring — as well as a Go Pro video camera.
PHOTOS: Diem Brown's beautiful life and career "He proposed and filmed the entire thing," the friend tells Us.
"Diem joked that she hated rubies and said no." The unrelenting Tamburello then returned the following day with a new ring and proposed again.
Brown, 34, still remained resolute in her decision. Thru the ups and downs we somehow managed to keep our promise. Our plan to be together forever hasn't changed...it's just going to take a little longer now." He added of Brown: "You are The Love of My Life.
"Diem knew she didn't have much longer to live," the insider tells Us, "and she didn't want to be engaged under those circumstances." PHOTOS: Celebrity deaths in 2014 Brown's final response was a bittersweet end to their roller-coaster romance, which began when they met and fell in love on the 13th season of in 2006. I Love You Always and Forever A photo posted by CT (@theofficial_ct) on Nov 11, 2014 at am PST "You have always been My Angel," Tamburello, 34, wrote alongside a photo of Brown, tucked beside a rosary and a ring.
"Diem and CT had a complicated relationship," Brown's best friend Alicia Quarles tells Us. If she had more time on this earth, who knows what would have happened between them? Thru the ups and downs we somehow managed to keep our promise. Our plan to be together forever hasn't changed... And I'm going to hold onto this ring for you till we are together again. I know you will always be with me to give me your strength.
"Maybe all of her friends didn't understand it. " Indeed, the two fought, broke up, kissed, and made up as witnessed by millions of fans worldwide.