Rachel Lindsay: I 'always knew' Nick Viall wasn't going to pick me

A gut instinct. Bachelor Nation’s Rachel Lindsay knew from early on that she was not going to make it to the end of Nick Viall’s season of The Bachelor.

“Men are painfully obvious as to who [they] like from the beginning,” Lindsay, 33, said on the Tuesday, February 5, episode of the former Bachelor’s “Viall Files” podcast. “We always knew who you were gonna pick. We knew it. I would tell producers. I would say, ’I don’t even know why I’m here because I know what he’s gonna do.’”

The attorney, who Viall, 38, sent home on week nine of The Bachelor season 21, told her ex that while she didn’t feel like he “led [her] on,” she was fully prepared to be eliminated.

“‘It’s been real fun. This is it for me tonight,’” she recalled telling the crew before the rose ceremony during which she was sent packing. “I remember. I was like, ‘It’s not me.'”

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UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MAY 23: Rachel Lindsay visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on May 23, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EST and features a diverse lineup of guests that includes celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human-interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Monday, May 22 included Jim Carrey ('I'm Dying Up Here'), Rachel Lindsay ('The Bachelorette') and musical guest Bush. (Randy Holmes via Getty Images) RACHEL LINDSAY, JIMMY KIMMEL
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EST and features a diverse lineup of guests that includes celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human-interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Monday, May 22 included Jim Carrey ('I'm Dying Up Here'), Rachel Lindsay ('The Bachelorette') and musical guest Bush. (Randy Holmes via Getty Images) RACHEL LINDSAY, CHRIS HARRISON
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 22: Rachel Lindsay is seen at 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on May 22, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG017/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 22: Rachel Lindsay is seen at 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on May 22, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: New bachlorette Rachel Lindsay wears a tight fuschia dress paired with Yeezy sneakers in New York � Photo Credit: Gotham/GC Images) (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 21: Rachel Lindsay poses for a portrait during the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/BBMA2017/Getty Images Portrait)
THE BACHELORETTE - Rachel Lindsay, a fan favorite on the 21st season of ABCs hit romance reality series The Bachelor, starring Nick Viall, was named as the next woman to hand out the roses and attempt to find her own happy ending when The Bachelorette premieres for its 13th season, MONDAY, MAY 22 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 21: Rachel Lindsay poses at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BACHELORETTE 13 - 'Episode 1301' - Accomplished Texas attorney Rachel Lindsay takes a recess from the courtroom to start her search for happily ever after in the 13th edition of ABC's hit series, 'The Bachelorette,' premiering at a special time, MONDAY, MAY 22 (9:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Paul Hebert/ABC via Getty Images) BRYCE, RACHEL LINDSAY
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 25: Rachel Lindsay attends Floyd Mayweather's 40th Birthday Celebration on February 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: First African American 'Bachelorette' Rachel Lindsay leaves the 'Good Morning America' taping at the ABC Times Square Studios on February 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EST and features a diverse lineup of guests that includes celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human-interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Monday, February 13 included Tracy Morgan ('Fist Fight'), Kaitlin Olson ('The Mick') and musical guest D.R.A.M. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) RACHEL LINDSAY
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EST and features a diverse lineup of guests that includes celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human-interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Monday, February 13 included Tracy Morgan ('Fist Fight'), Kaitlin Olson ('The Mick') and musical guest D.R.A.M. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) RACHEL LINDSAY
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EST and features a diverse lineup of guests that includes celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human-interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Monday, February 13 included Tracy Morgan ('Fist Fight'), Kaitlin Olson ('The Mick') and musical guest D.R.A.M. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) CHRIS HARRISON, RACHEL LINDSAY, JIMMY KIMMEL
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EST and features a diverse lineup of guests that includes celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human-interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Monday, February 13 included Tracy Morgan ('Fist Fight'), Kaitlin Olson ('The Mick') and musical guest D.R.A.M. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) RACHEL LINDSAY, JIMMY KIMMEL
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EST and features a diverse lineup of guests that includes celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human-interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Monday, February 13 included Tracy Morgan ('Fist Fight'), Kaitlin Olson ('The Mick') and musical guest D.R.A.M. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) RACHEL LINDSAY
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay is seen outside 'Good Morning America'on February 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay is seen outside 'Good Morning America'on February 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Rachel Lindsay of 'The Bachelorette' is a guest on 'Good Morning America,' Tuesday, February 14, 2017 on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) MICHAEL STRAHAN, RACHEL LINDSAY
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Rachel Lindsay of 'The Bachelorette' is a guest on 'Good Morning America,' Tuesday, February 14, 2017 on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) RACHEL LINDSAY
THE BACHELOR -'Episode 2108' - Corinne, Rachel, Raven and Vanessa are left in Bimini, still shocked that Nick sent Kristina home before the rose ceremony. They wonder if they still will get a coveted hometown date from the unpredictable Bachelor. But with the stakes being so high, Nick will go on an emotionally charged journey to visit these final four women's hometowns. Raven meets him in Hoxie, Arkansas, and cute couple have some great, sexy fun, but Raven's father reveals some serious news. Then, it is on to Dallas where Rachel and Nick confront the challenges that might meet an interracial couple. Corinne is waiting in Miami where her father waits with some tough questions. Finally, Nick travels to Montreal to reunite with Vanessa. Although her special needs adult students give him a big thumbs up, things don't go quite so well with her big Italian family, especially after her father drops a bomb about Nick that has Vanessa questioning their relationship. Just as Nick gets ready to make the gut-wrenching decision to send one woman home, he gets a surprise visitor, who could change everything, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Bill Matlock/ABC via Getty Images) NICK VIALL, RACHEL
THE BACHELOR -'Episode 2108' - Corinne, Rachel, Raven and Vanessa are left in Bimini, still shocked that Nick sent Kristina home before the rose ceremony. They wonder if they still will get a coveted hometown date from the unpredictable Bachelor. But with the stakes being so high, Nick will go on an emotionally charged journey to visit these final four women's hometowns. Raven meets him in Hoxie, Arkansas, and cute couple have some great, sexy fun, but Raven's father reveals some serious news. Then, it is on to Dallas where Rachel and Nick confront the challenges that might meet an interracial couple. Corinne is waiting in Miami where her father waits with some tough questions. Finally, Nick travels to Montreal to reunite with Vanessa. Although her special needs adult students give him a big thumbs up, things don't go quite so well with her big Italian family, especially after her father drops a bomb about Nick that has Vanessa questioning their relationship. Just as Nick gets ready to make the gut-wrenching decision to send one woman home, he gets a surprise visitor, who could change everything, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Bill Matlock/ABC via Getty Images) RACHEL, NICK VIALL
THE BACHELOR -'Episode 2108' - Corinne, Rachel, Raven and Vanessa are left in Bimini, still shocked that Nick sent Kristina home before the rose ceremony. They wonder if they still will get a coveted hometown date from the unpredictable Bachelor. But with the stakes being so high, Nick will go on an emotionally charged journey to visit these final four women's hometowns. Raven meets him in Hoxie, Arkansas, and cute couple have some great, sexy fun, but Raven's father reveals some serious news. Then, it is on to Dallas where Rachel and Nick confront the challenges that might meet an interracial couple. Corinne is waiting in Miami where her father waits with some tough questions. Finally, Nick travels to Montreal to reunite with Vanessa. Although her special needs adult students give him a big thumbs up, things don't go quite so well with her big Italian family, especially after her father drops a bomb about Nick that has Vanessa questioning their relationship. Just as Nick gets ready to make the gut-wrenching decision to send one woman home, he gets a surprise visitor, who could change everything, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Bill Matlock/ABC via Getty Images) NICK VIALL, RACHEL
THE BACHELOR -'Episode 2108' - Corinne, Rachel, Raven and Vanessa are left in Bimini, still shocked that Nick sent Kristina home before the rose ceremony. They wonder if they still will get a coveted hometown date from the unpredictable Bachelor. But with the stakes being so high, Nick will go on an emotionally charged journey to visit these final four women's hometowns. Raven meets him in Hoxie, Arkansas, and cute couple have some great, sexy fun, but Raven's father reveals some serious news. Then, it is on to Dallas where Rachel and Nick confront the challenges that might meet an interracial couple. Corinne is waiting in Miami where her father waits with some tough questions. Finally, Nick travels to Montreal to reunite with Vanessa. Although her special needs adult students give him a big thumbs up, things don't go quite so well with her big Italian family, especially after her father drops a bomb about Nick that has Vanessa questioning their relationship. Just as Nick gets ready to make the gut-wrenching decision to send one woman home, he gets a surprise visitor, who could change everything, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Bill Matlock/ABC via Getty Images) RACHEL
THE BACHELOR -'Episode 2105' - A vicious argument between Corinne and Taylor rages on just before the rose ceremony in Wisconsin. When the dust settles and the roses are all given out, two heartbroken women are sent home. However, for the remaining 13 bachelorettes, it's on to one of the great romantic cities in the United States: New Orleans. Nick's first one-on-one date in the Big Easy provides combustible chemistry as the couple sightsees, dances and goes to a Lolo concert. Ten bachelorettes join Nick for a thrill-a-thon as they visit an allegedly haunted plantation where a resident ghost makes her presence felt. Two arch rivals prepare to face off in the dreaded two-on-one date. Tensions are high as they head to NOLA's mystical bayou. Which woman is stranded in the swamp, and which gets the rose? The evening ends with another abrupt surprise for both Nick and his date, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, JANUARY 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Mark Coffey/ABC via Getty Images) RACHEL, NICK VIALL
THE BACHELOR -'Episode 2105' - A vicious argument between Corinne and Taylor rages on just before the rose ceremony in Wisconsin. When the dust settles and the roses are all given out, two heartbroken women are sent home. However, for the remaining 13 bachelorettes, it's on to one of the great romantic cities in the United States: New Orleans. Nick's first one-on-one date in the Big Easy provides combustible chemistry as the couple sightsees, dances and goes to a Lolo concert. Ten bachelorettes join Nick for a thrill-a-thon as they visit an allegedly haunted plantation where a resident ghost makes her presence felt. Two arch rivals prepare to face off in the dreaded two-on-one date. Tensions are high as they head to NOLA's mystical bayou. Which woman is stranded in the swamp, and which gets the rose? The evening ends with another abrupt surprise for both Nick and his date, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, JANUARY 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Mark Coffey/ABC via Getty Images) RACHEL, NICK VIALL
THE BACHELOR -'Episode 2105' - A vicious argument between Corinne and Taylor rages on just before the rose ceremony in Wisconsin. When the dust settles and the roses are all given out, two heartbroken women are sent home. However, for the remaining 13 bachelorettes, it's on to one of the great romantic cities in the United States: New Orleans. Nick's first one-on-one date in the Big Easy provides combustible chemistry as the couple sightsees, dances and goes to a Lolo concert. Ten bachelorettes join Nick for a thrill-a-thon as they visit an allegedly haunted plantation where a resident ghost makes her presence felt. Two arch rivals prepare to face off in the dreaded two-on-one date. Tensions are high as they head to NOLA's mystical bayou. Which woman is stranded in the swamp, and which gets the rose? The evening ends with another abrupt surprise for both Nick and his date, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, JANUARY 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Mark Coffey/ABC via Getty Images) NICK VIALL, RACHEL
THE BACHELOR -Episode 2103 - After Nick drops a bomb, sending Liz home, and comes clean to the rest of the women about his romantic tryst with her, he is anxious that some of them will decide to leave. There are those ladies who decide to give him a piece of their mind about the situation, but one bachelorette has some other outrageous plans for Nick. After the rose ceremony, three women are questioning why they were let go. In one of the most outrageous date-card deliveries ever, The Backstreet Boys pay a visit to the Bachelor Mansion, looking for the seven lucky bachelorettes that get their dream date. Nick takes one stunning woman on a date that is strictly out of this world - on a Zero G plane. An energized Nick invites seven ladies to join him and three celebrated Olympians - Carl Lewis, Allyson Felix and Michelle Carter - who will help train the women to compete in the Nickathalon. More surprises are in store for the remaining women, and Nick, who once again incurs the ire of his potential soul mates by his uber-sensual behavior, on The Bachelor, MONDAY, JANUARY 16 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) RACHEL, DOMINIQUE
THE BACHELOR - Episode 2101 - What do a dolphin-loving woman, a successful businesswoman who runs her parents multi-million -dollar flooring empire;, a bachelorette, who is hiding a big secret about her past involving Nick, and a no-nonsense Southern belle, who has Nick in her cross-hairs for a big country wedding, all have in common? They all have their sights set on making the Bachelor, Nick Viall, their future husband when the much-anticipated 21th edition of ABC's hit romance reality series, 'The Bachelor,' premieres, MONDAY, JANUARY 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) NICK VIALL, RACHEL
THE BACHELOR - When Bachelorette Andi Dorfman said goodbye to Nick Viall just as he was preparing to pick out a ring for her, he was devastated. When Nick walked up to Kaitlyn Bristowe with an engagement ring in his pocket, only to be sent home, he was crushed. How could one man endure so much heartbreak? If you believe that what doesnt kill you makes you stronger, Nick Viall, 35, a technology salesman from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is back stronger than ever, ready and eager to begin his search for true love on the 21st season of ABCs hit romance reality series The Bachelor, premiering on MONDAY, JANUARY 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Mitch Haaseth/ABC via Getty Images) RACHEL
THE BACHELOR - Episode 2101 - What do a dolphin-loving woman, a successful businesswoman who runs her parents multi-million -dollar flooring empire;, a bachelorette, who is hiding a big secret about her past involving Nick, and a no-nonsense Southern belle, who has Nick in her cross-hairs for a big country wedding, all have in common? They all have their sights set on making the Bachelor, Nick Viall, their future husband when the much-anticipated 21th edition of ABC's hit romance reality series, 'The Bachelor,' premieres, MONDAY, JANUARY 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) NICK VIALL, RACHEL
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Lindsay also recalled a moment when she was sitting with fellow contestant Astrid Loch and saw an “arts and crafts” book that Vanessa Grimaldi, 31, was planning to show Viall on a one-on-one date. She noted: “Astrid and I were flipping through it and I go, ‘This bitch is gonna win.’ That was the second week.”

While the Dancing With the Stars alum did end up proposing to Grimaldi in the end, he said he “had a real connection” with both Lindsay and Raven Gates, who was the runner-up.

“I really liked a lot of things about you guys and there was [sic] a lot of attributes that both of you had,” Viall told the Texas-based lawyer on the podcast. “[I thought], ‘I would really like this in my relationship.’”

Us Weekly confirmed that Viall and Grimaldi called off their engagement in August 2017, five months after the proposal aired on television. “We gave this relationship our all and we are saddened that we did not get the fairy-tale ending we hoped for,” they said in a joint statement at the time.

Lindsay, meanwhile, went on to become the season 13 Bachelorette and got engaged to Bryan Abasolo on the show’s finale, which aired in August 2016. The duo are now planning a summer 2019 “destination” wedding and told Us exclusively that she currently has one thing at the forefront of her mind — her outfit!

“I gotta get the wedding dress!” Lindsay told Us last month. “I wanna work with Randi Rahm, who did my dresses on the show. I have to get to New York to get a fitting. And that’s, like, immediate. I want my mom there, I want Bryan’s mom there — that’s the most immediate thing.”

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 27: 'Bachelor' alum Nick Viall (R) and Vanessa Grimaldi attend the 5th Annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose on July 27, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 08: (L-R) Reality Television personalities Vanessa Grimaldi and Nick Viall attend Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation's 3rd Annual Blue Diamond Gala at Dodger Stadium on June 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 07: Vanessa Grimaldi and Nick Viall pose in the press room at the 2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on May 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 05: Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi attend the 24th Annual Race To Erase MS Gala on May 05, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 19: Vanessa Grimaldi and Nick Viall attend the premiere of 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' at Dolby Theatre on April 19, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2404' - The 10 remaining celebrities will take a stroll down memory lane and celebrate with a dance to a time in their lives that left a lasting impression, as they commemorate their most memorable year, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, APRIL 10 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) VANESSA GRIMALDI, NICK VIALL
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 10: Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi are seen on April 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 20: TV personality Vanessa Grimaldi and dancer Nick Viall attend the 'Dancing With The Stars' season 24 premiere celebration at Mixology 101 on March 20, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Planet Hollywood International)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EST and features a diverse lineup of guests that includes celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human-interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Monday, March 13 included Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi (ABC's 'The Bachelor'), Milo Ventimiglia ('This Is Us') and musical guest mash-up performance OK Go-Go's (this is a mash-up of OK Go and The Go-Go's). (Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images) NICK VIALL, VANESSA GRIMALDI
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