New Bachelorette opens up about Ben Higgins breakup
“It was really hard for me,” Fletcher tells PEOPLE exclusively. “But when I got home [from Jamaica, where Higgins proposed to Lauren Bushnell], I took a couple of weeks to myself to think about everything.
“The conclusion was that it happened, I was lucky to have gone through that, I learned so much and now I know what I want and I know what I deserve.”
As for her first chat with Higgins in four months? “I know that was a tough situation for both of us,” says Fletcher, 25. “I was super nervous but he explained it well and I have closure. I’m friends with Lauren and I think the world of Ben, and seeing them together, it made a lot more sense than I thought it would be.”
Continues Fletcher: “Watching it back, I kind of had to relive it and I definitely remember how sad I was. But I’m not bitter and I’m not angry. Ben followed his heart. Even though it didn’t work out, it still was a great relationship and I learned a lot from him.”
Now, Fletcher says she hopes to find “someone who makes me laugh, someone who is kind and genuine and adventurous.”