Rumple and Belle marry, but Rumple's dark side continues to win, and Belle exiles him from Storybrooke. Despite this, they finally reunite and have their son once Rumple returns to Storybrooke and has the evil purged from him. This makes it clear that even after marrying Belle, Rumple still has his true self intact and will never change.
Now, on with the story...
While Belle is attempting to discover her own path, Rumple is also hurting, having lost his first child to his wicked ways. "It's evident that he genuinely cares for Belle," Kitis adds. "But does he love her back? I wouldn't say yes."
In fact, Rumple is so obsessed with winning her heart that he tries every trick in the book - from magic to torture - to prove how much he loves her. "He does all of these terrible things and then says 'I'm sorry' just before he goes out and does it again!" laughs Kitis. "So no, I don't think he loves her back.
However, he does respect her intelligence and bravery, which is more than some men can say.
Belle believes that true love is when two people want the same thing, even if they have to go after it separately. So she thinks that because Rumple has done so many bad things to win her love, he must really want her back.
But what about those tricks? Well, maybe he was just trying to show her how much he loves her!
She becomes into a key role in Seasons 2-6. She is Rumplestiltskin's (real) love interest and eventual second wife. (Eventually, Mr. Rumplestiltskin confronts Belle why she accepted the arrangement.) She informs him that there are few opportunities for women to demonstrate their bravery in their country. So, he gave her the choice: remain his mistress or marry him. She chooses marriage.
They meet when Belle's father, Maurice, brings Rumple to the castle to meet with the king. The king likes Rumple and gives him permission to court Belle. However, it turns out that this was all a plan by Maurice to find out what kind of man his daughter married. He doesn't like what he hears and throws them out of the palace. But not before telling Belle that if she ever wants to see her father again, she must go to the far east side of the kingdom and look for him under the sea.
Belle does as she's told and meets up with Rumple on the other side of the kingdom. They fall in love and marry. But not everything is perfect after they wed; Rumple has two hearts he needs one for himself and one for Belle. So, he makes her heart small enough for him to carry around with him forever. When he learns that she knows this, he kills her father to keep her from finding out about their marriage.
Shawn proposed to Belle Black on July 25, 2007. Temptation and anguish at her father's death drove Belle to sleep with Philip. Belle and Shawn married on November 23, 2007, in a ceremony at his parents' home. His mother gave them away.
Their marriage was not meant to be, but they stayed together for the sake of Shawn's career. When he decided to leave Ohio to follow his dream of becoming a professional wrestler, Belle agreed to go with him. They have been divorced since 2009, but they still love each other very much.
Shawn is now married to Jessica Baille. Their wedding took place on June 1, 2014. They have a son named Tatum James who was born in 2015.
Belle has two children from her first marriage: Hunter Paul and Peyton Rae. She also has a daughter named Ava Grace who came out of nowhere in 2016. Apparently, her birth mother wanted nothing to do with her so she gave her up for adoption. It's unknown who the father is.
Now that Shawn is done with wrestling, he spends most of his time with his family. He lives in Louisville with his wife, Jessica, and their son, Tatum. Belle and her kids live about an hour away in Cincinnati. She works as a dental assistant by day and writes books by night.
Bull and Izzy had a tryst as her second marriage is breaking apart, which results in Izzy becoming pregnant and eventually giving birth to Astrid. She and Bull subsequently remarried. Bull loves his family but can be a bit of a workaholic.
They are now divorced and he has not married again. He is a busy man who works long hours at the office and plays little part in his daughter's life.
Izzy has also been married twice before she met Bull. Her first husband, Garin, was a famous musician who died when they were still married only years later after they had a child together. Her second husband, Ola, was a wealthy business owner who owned several restaurants across America where they lived during their marriage.
Izzy has two other children from these marriages: a son named Parker and a daughter named Lila. She has another daughter named Astrid by Bull. They have been estranged for many years but Izza recently got in touch with him once again. This time she asked him to attend his daughter's wedding which will take place in a few months' time at their restaurant Parker's Place in Los Angeles.
Izzy owns several businesses including some successful restaurants and a movie production company. She also has an interest in fashion design.
Ezra and Aria are ultimately married in a beautiful conclusion. (In a surprise cameo, the ring of executive producer I. Marlene King's cell phone interrupts their wedding.) Aria informs her pals after their vacation that she and Ezra intend to look into adoption. They then begin building their family.
Meanwhile, Fitz continues to try and win over the heart of Victoria Grayson. When he finally gets up the courage to ask her out, she accepts. However, when she finds out he's the son of the man who killed her father, she backs out of the date. Hurt but not giving up, Fitz starts campaigning to become mayor so he can prove to Victoria that he's more than just someone who kills people for a living.
Fitz wins the election and begins his term as mayor. But when an old enemy returns from prison and seeks revenge against him, only one person can help Fitz survive: Aria.