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Bachelorette Becca Kufrin Says She Can Sympathize With Arie Luyendyk Jr.

becca kufrin bacheloretteTHE BACHELORETTE - The gut-wrenching finish to Becca Kufrin’s romance with Arie Luyendyk Jr. left Bachelor Nation speechless. In a change of heart, Arie broke up with America’s sweetheart just weeks after proposing to her - stealing her fairytale ending and her future. Now, the humble fan favorite and girl next door from Minnesota returns for a second shot at love, starring on “The Bachelorette,” when it premieres for its 14th season on MONDAY, MAY 28 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Bachelorette Becca Kufrin is engaged, but like her predecessors (Bachelors and Bachelorettes alike), she grappled with her emotions leading up to the final rose ceremony—to the extent she can sympathize with her ex, Arie Luyendyk Jr.

“I did develop really strong feelings for a couple of them,” Kufrin told Entertainment Tonight. “And I did fall for two guys at the end, yes.”

Ultimately, she narrowed down the selection pool and is now happily engaged. Kufrin, though, sounds like she’s significantly more resolved in her final choice as opposed to Luyendyk, who ended their engagement in favor of his runner-up. “[I love] so many things [about him],” Kufrin said this week. “Just that he put up with me through the entire journey.”

She revealed that she was “asking for a teammate, a 50/50 throughout the entire season.” IN terms of longevity in their relationship, Kufrin added: “I feel like I truly found that… So we’ll have each other’s backs through the time where we have to stay private. And then we’ll continue that and share it with the world.”

Now that she’s completed the journey herself, Kufrin now can understand a part of Luyendyk’s struggle. “Until you’re in this position, you don’t realize how much pressure there really is, and how difficult it is to navigate certain relationships,” she noted. “Because if you’re doing it right, you should be developing feelings for multiple people to really sift through every personality, every relationship, to exhaust the ones that aren’t right for you.”

THE BACHELOR – ÒEpisode 2210Ó – The compelling live three-hour television event will begin with America watching along with the studio audience as Arie Luyendyk Jr.Õs journey to find love comes to its astonishing conclusion. The Bachelor prepares to make one of the most difficult choices of his life, having narrowed down the field to two women with whom he is madly in love – Becca K. and Lauren B. – and told both of them that he loves them. Who does Arie, after much soul-searching, see as his future wife? Find out on the season finale of ÒThe Bachelor,Ó MONDAY, MARCH 5 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Paul Hebert)
ARIE LUYENDYK JR.

The Bachelorette premieres on ABC on Monday, May 28, at 8 p.m. ET.

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Esther Lee
Esther Lee
Esther is the Senior News Editor at The Knot. A self-proclaimed pop culture enthusiast, she appreciates a good celebrity interview just as much as she adores Nancy Meyers movies. You can find her kicking off her mornings with barre and a green juice, traveling and exploring new cultures, and rapidly scrolling her feed for the latest and greatest news. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @theestherlee.