Kaitlyn Bristowe is finally opening up about her breakup from Shawn Booth.
The former “Bachelorette” star, who got engaged to Booth in the reality show’s season 19 finale in 2015, addressed the split on Tuesday’s episode of her podcast “Off the Vine With Kaitlyn Bristowe”.
“It’s been a really hard few months now,” Bristowe revealed. “I really did think we’d get through it.”
The pair announced their split earlier this month in a statement released to ET Canada: “After three incredible years, we have decided to go our separate ways. This difficult decision comes after thoughtful, respectful consideration.”
On her podcast, Bristowe explained that she and Booth realized that they had “some important fundamental values that weren’t lining up,” and certain things that they’d “probably never see eye-to-eye on.”
The 33-year-old reality-star did say that she fought hard to save the relationship and that she thought the two of them “would choose the road where we would end up together,” but things just didn’t work out that way.
“I just never took our commitment or being engaged lightly at all,” she said. “I had the mindset of doing whatever it took to make it work. And now realizing, maybe to a fault, with all the hard moments in life come life lessons and that’s what I need to take from all of this.
“Sometimes you need to take a moment and take a step back to think about what you are fighting for and if it makes sense for your long-term happiness.”
Despite the breakdown of the relationship, Bristowe assured her fans that what they saw on TV and social was genuine. “What we had was real love,” she stated.
“But when it comes to roadblocks, and those fundamental values and getting through things together, I just don’t think we were on the same page — and it’s painful to admit that. But you need that foundation and you need that partnership if it’s going to last forever.”