I Felt ‘Tricked’ During My Season


No extra rose-colored glasses. Lauren Bushnell has combined emotions about Clayton Echard’s messy Bachelor finale after having an advanced expertise on season 20 of the collection.

“There’s so much that I feel like that we don’t see,” Bushnell, 32, completely instructed Us Weekly on Tuesday, March 15, whereas selling her new Sonoma Goods For Life® x Lauren Lane Collection at Kohl’s. “I was feeling really upset with Clayton that he did that [to Susie Evans]. The week prior to last week, you know, I just felt so bad. I was like, ‘What are you doing?’”

The Oregon native, who acquired engaged to Ben Higgins throughout the season 20 finale in 2016, defined that her outlook on Clayton’s state of affairs has now shifted.

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“I feel like he did the right thing in communicating [this week], although he didn’t do it perfectly,” Bushnell instructed Us, referring to Clayton’s alternative to inform his remaining finalists, Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey, that he was “intimate” with each of them throughout the fantasy suite dates. “Because he left out kind of a big detail of that. He loved someone the most, which should have [been] included that aspect of it.”

During half 1 of the Bachelor finale on Monday, March 14, viewers watched the Missouri native, 28, introduce the ultimate two girls to his household. However, what he didn’t speak in confidence to the finalists — however instructed his family members — was that his coronary heart was nonetheless with Susie, 28, regardless of her exit one week prior.

Although Bushnell was conflicted over how Clayton went about coping with his emotions the previous few episodes, she instructed Us that she thought it was “really respectful” of him to inform the ladies the total fantasy suite state of affairs and allow them to make their very own alternative as to what occurs subsequent of their relationships.

The designer, who known as off her engagement to Higgins in May 2017, defined that wasn’t the case throughout her season.

“I know specifically on my season I was not given that same information before making a really big decision,” Bushnell, who married Chris Lane in October 2019, instructed Us. “And that was the problem that I had very much so coming off the show [because] I just felt, like, I just made a huge decision without information that I feel like I deserved to know.”

The former actuality star, who shares 9-month-old son Dutton with the nation crooner, 37, admitted that she felt “a little bit tricked” on the finish of her season when saying sure to Higgins’ proposal.

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“Everyone had an opportunity to tell me, whether it was a producer or the lead of the show, [but] no one told me,” she stated, hinting in the intervening time that Higgins instructed each her and runner-up JoJo Fletcher that he “loved” them earlier than the finale. “I felt pretty bummed out and that’s a really hard place to start a relationship. [It’s hard to] build a relationship when you never really had a firm foundation to begin with.”

The former flight attendant, for her half, doesn’t have any regrets about how her time in Bachelor Nation performed out. However, she does have recommendation for Clayton, particularly if he finally ends up single.

“All of these experiences, even my experience on The Bachelor, totally prepared me and led me to where I [am]. … [And to become] the person that I was when I met my now husband,” Bushnell added. “So hopefully he keeps that in mind and knows that all of the struggles and hard times and lowest of lows will only make you stronger and will hopefully lead you to your future wife if it is that he ends up single.”

The former TV character’s personal {and professional} life have each modified tremendously since her time on the courting collection. For instance, she not too long ago teamed up with Kohl’s for her Sonoma Goods For Life® x Lauren Lane line, which launches on Monday, March 21.

“I could not be more excited. Everything is incredibly easy to wear,” Bushnell instructed Us of the gathering. “It’s a great, easy way to add a little bit of color to your closet. I used to be the queen of neutrals, [but] I feel, like, I’ve definitely started adding more color to my wardrobe and it’s been so much fun.”

The designs vary from sizes XS to XXL and value between $36 and $74. “So hopefully there will be something for everyone,” she added.

Part 2 of The Bachelor finale airs on ABC Tuesday, March 15 at 8 p.m. ET.

With reporting by Christina Garibaldi

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