When ABC announced that Becca Kufrin would be the next Bachelorette, Bachelor Nation was ecstatic, to put it mildly. We’d all watched as Arie Luyendyk Jr. cruelly dumped her on national TV—a breakup so infamous even Saturday Night Live parodied it—so who more deserving? Fans were rooting for this Bachelorette to find the love of her life—and according to Kufrin, she did: She’s been engaged to the winner of her final rose since taping ended in early May.
But after Kufrin’s season of The Bachelorette premiered, startling truths about some of her suitors came to light. Most notably, Lincoln Adim’s conviction for indecent assault and battery. And then there’s front-runner Garrett Yrigoyen, who admitted to liking several bigoted memes on Instagram.
For the most part, though, Kufrin hasn’t had much to say about these controversies. She’s remained silent on Adim’s conviction. When asked about Yrigoyen’s social media history, she told E! News that “everyone is entitled to their own opinions, and…I would hope people would stay open and respect me but also stay open and respect these 28 guys that went along on the journey with me.”
Of course, as the season comes to a close, Kufrin is aware that she’ll have to answer tough questions. Following the taping of “Men Tell All” (which airs Monday, July 30), she sat down with Glamour to talk about her experience with Adim and more. Read on.
It’s been two months since you announced you’re engaged. How has your relationship with your fiancé changed since then?
Becca Kufrin: It’s just grown exponentially. We’ve just learned so much more about each other, and it’s just grown so much. I’m even happier.
Throughout this season you kept saying what a great group of guys you had, but certain things have come to light that we didn’t know about. Do you still stand by that?
BK: I still stand by what I said, and I still think those guys are amazing. And you know, yes, some relationships were a lot stronger. I learned a lot more about each guy and each relationship, but I respect all of them and wish them all the happiness in the world.
Lincoln wasn’t at the “Men Tell All” taping, nor was he mentioned. Now that we know his history, did you ever feel unsafe with him on the show?
BK: No. I’m always surrounded by people. There’s a lot of bodies around, and I never felt unsafe. He always treated me with respect. So, yeah…
Once the fantasy suite dates come around, you get more time alone to talk about important topics with the remaining guys. Do you talk about politics and social issues, and where they stand?
BK: Oh yeah, we talked about everything. I felt like whether it was on camera or off camera, I didn’t hold anything back. I don’t think the guys [held] anything back either. So any questions we had were brought up.
In Monday’s episode you said that you’re in love with two guys. How do you know you made the right choice?
BK: You know, it’s something unexplainable. It’s just something I felt in my heart. All of the guys were amazing, but [I had to think about] what one would last a lifetime and what one would make me happy when I’m 30 or 45 or 70 or 90. It was just something that I felt, and I had to follow that.
Looking back, who would you have kept around longer? Who would you have eliminated sooner?
BK: Oh man. I mean…Grocery Store Joe is amazing. I actually bumped into him in Chicago, and he’s great. Trent wasn’t at “Men Tell All,” but he was a guy who was so funny and always kept me laughing those first few weeks. That being said, I think I made the right choice week by week and did what was right for me.