Lauren Bushnell on Ben Higgins professing his love to JoJo Fletcher: I 'felt a little bit betrayed'


Lauren Bushnell is opening up about her breakup with Ben Higgins.

In a new interview with People, the Bachelor star reflects on her and Higgins' relationship, and how hard it was for her to get over the fact that she wasn't the only woman he said "I love you" to on the show.

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"I don't think I've ever talked about how hurtful that was," Bushnell says of watching Higgins profess his love to JoJo Fletcher on The Bachelor's season 20 finale.

"I always try to be really strong because I wanted to move forward from it," she adds. "But because I wanted to move forward from it, I don't think I ever really opened up about how hard that was just in terms of, like, I wanted to make that decision to get engaged one time in my life and I felt like I wasn't told everything that had happened."

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell discuss 'The Bachelor' at AOL Studios in New York on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell discuss 'The Bachelor' at AOL Studios in New York on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: The Bachelors(R_L) Lauren Bushnell and Ben Higgins are seen on 'Good Morning America' on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell visit ABC's 'Good Morning America' in Times Square on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell visit ABC's 'Live with Kelly and Michael' on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell visit ABC's 'Good Morning America' in Times Square on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell visit ABC's 'Good Morning America' in Times Square on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell visit ABC's 'Good Morning America' in Times Square on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: The Bachelors Lauren Bushnell and Ben Higgins are seen on 'Good Morning America' on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell visit ABC's 'Good Morning America' in Times Square on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: The Bachelors Lauren Bushnell and Ben Higgins are seen on 'Good Morning America' on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 17: 'Bachelor' Ben Higgins (L) and fiancee Lauren Bushnell visit 'The Lion King' on Broadway at Minskoff Theatre on March 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/WireImage)
NEW YORK - MARCH 18: The Bachelor's Ben Higgins and fiance Lauren Bushnell seen at the Today Show on March 18, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 30: TV personalities Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell attend the 2016 iHeartCountry Festival at The Frank Erwin Center on April 30, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 30: (L-R) TV personalities Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell speak onstage during the 2016 iHeartCountry Festival at The Frank Erwin Center on April 30, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
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BEN & LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? - 'An Offer We Can't Refuse?' - After an uncomfortable lunch date with Ben's ex JoJo and her new fianc�Jordan, Ben and Lauren head back to Denver and begin to discover new things about each other, for better or worse, in an all-new episode of Freeform's original series 'Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?,' airing TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on Freeform. (Greg Zabilski/Freeform via Getty Images) JOJO FLETCHER, JORDAN RODGERS, BEN HIGGINS, LAUREN BUSHNELL
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BEN & LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? - 'A House Divided' - After living in close quarters, Ben and Lauren decide to look at new houses and struggle to find a compromise, causing both to evaluate their current career plans and explore new options, in an all-new episode of Freeform's original series 'Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?,' airing TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on Freeform. (Josh Vertucci/Freeform via Getty Images) BEN HIGGINS, LAUREN BUSHNELL
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LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 23: TV personalities Lauren Bushnell (L) and Ben Higgins attend the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 23: TV personalities Ben Higgins (L) and Lauren Bushnell attend the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 24: Television personalities Ben Higgins (L) and Lauren Bushnell speak during the 2016 Daytime Village at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the Las Vegas Village on September 24, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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BEN & LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? - 'What Happens in Vegas...' - The couple arrives for their bachelor/bachelorette parties in Las Vegas, but things are a little uncomfortable as no one knows where Ben and Lauren's relationship lies, on the season finale of Freeform's original series 'Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?,' airing TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on Freeform. (Ronda Churchill/Freeform via Getty Images) BEN HIGGINS, LAUREN BUSHNELL
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 10: Lauren Bushnell and Ben Higgins attend The Knot Gala 2016 at New York Public Library on October 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 11: Lauren Bushnell (L) and Ben Higgins visit 'Extra' at their New York studios at H&M in Times Square on October 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra)
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Though Higgins chose Bushnell in the end (and Fletcher went on to become The Bachelorette), the blonde beauty says she continued to feel "betrayed" by Higgins' relationship with Fletcher as The Bachelor aired.

"I know that JoJo was told what had happened. I almost felt a little bit betrayed," she explains. "That was really hard, but we moved forward from that."

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"When The Bachelor aired, reliving that months later wasn't ideal either," Bushnell admits. "I was still like, 'We're going to move forward from this,' but then the press, that's what everybody wanted to talk about. I've never shared with anyone, except for Ben, how hurtful that situation was and how hard it is to continually talk about it over and over again when you're trying to start a life with someone."

Bushnell says the experience wasn't the reason for her and Higgins' recent breakup, however.

"Looking back, I wish I could be like, 'That's why it didn't work out,' but I think it was just a very abnormal situation," she shares. "I mean, we tried."

In an interview last month, Higgins revealed that the pressure of being a Bachelor couple contributed to their split, and that the show "isn't exactly healthy for a foundation for a relationship."

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