BACH­E­LORETTE BOMB­SHELL

En­gaged Becca Kufrin re­veals why she’s not rush­ing to the al­tar with her fi­ancé.

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Becca Kufrin can’t stop smil­ing these days. Af­ter Bach­e­lor Arie Luyendyk Jr. ended their en­gage­ment on na­tional TV ear­lier this year, a heart­bro­ken Becca agreed to take a sec­ond chance at love as the new Bach­e­lorette. And now she’s happy to re­port that her big risk paid off. “I am en­gaged!” Becca re­cently re­vealed. “And it feels so good to say it. I still pinch my­self, like, did that all just hap­pen? It’s been a whirl­wind.”

But while she’s sure she’s found a last­ing ro­mance this time around, Becca is in no hurry to make things per­ma­nent. In an in­ter­view with Life & Style, the Min­nesota-born pub­li­cist opens up about her wild ride as the new­est Bach­e­lorette — and says it may be a long time be­fore she sets a wed- ding date with the man who won her fi­nal rose. “I never re­ally put a time­line on any­thing,” ex­plains Becca, 28. “But my mom and dad met later in life, they got mar­ried later in life, they had kids later in life and so I just feel what­ever hap­pens, hap­pens.” For now, she adds, “We re­ally have no set wed­ding plans or dates. We are liv­ing in the mo­ment.”

RE­LA­TION­SHIP GOALS

Becca kept her par­ents’ love story in mind dur­ing the dizzy­ing two months of film­ing the show, as she tried to find a man as gen­uine as her late fa-

ther, Steve. “My dad passed away when I was 19, but he was one of the kind­est peo­ple. He was so open to ev­ery­one, he had such strong faith, the best char­ac­ter. He was just such a stand-up man,” she tells Life & Style. “[My par­ents] had the best re­la­tion­ship I have

ever seen. It was 50-50 — an equal part­ner­ship. That’s re­ally what I want to have.” Becca also wanted some­one she could just have fun with. When it comes to her ideal guy, “I love some­body who is open to the world and to dif­fer­ent peo­ple and ex­pe­ri­ences,” she says. “I don’t like judg­ment. I like some­one who is care­free and keeps me laugh­ing — be­cause at the end of the day, I want to be able to laugh with my part­ner.” Becca says she had some hi­lar­i­ous times while shoot­ing the show. “I have never laughed as hard in my life as I did on this jour­ney,” she says. One of the high­lights was a trip to Las Ve­gas, where she and a date got to tour the sprawl­ing es­tate of leg­endary lounge singer Wayne New­ton — and meet the crooner’s pet mon­key, Boo. “I did find love this sea­son and it was with Boo, the mon­key,” Becca jokes. “I did not want to part with him.”

DRAMA AND TEARS

Kid­ding aside, the Bach­e­lorette ex­pe­ri­ence is, above all, a deeply emo­tional one. And Becca en­dured plenty of ups and downs, not­ing that in each episode, view­ers “will get a good dose of drama.” There were “some hard days, some hard dates,” says Becca, who spent down­time work­ing through her feel­ings in a jour­nal or sneak­ing a quick nap to recharge. “There were def­i­nitely some tears.” Becca doesn’t think she could even count how many times she cried: “There were happy tears, there were sad tears,” she notes.

The in­tense ex­pe­ri­ence gave her em­pa­thy for Arie, 36, she says, but the brunette beauty was care­ful to learn from his mis­takes. “I was very de­ci­sive,” she ex­plains, un­like her ex, who was in­fa­mous for his down-to-the­last-sec­ond wa­ver­ing. “When I did say good­bye to the guys, I just wanted to do [it] as re­spect­fully and hon­estly as pos­si­ble.” Though she’s gone pub­lic with her en­gage­ment, fans will have to tune in to find out ex­actly who she picks — and sends pack­ing. Becca will be watch­ing, too. “I am so ex­cited! I feel like I’ve learned so much about my­self,” she says of her Bach­e­lorette ex­pe­ri­ence. “I can’t wait to watch it all back!”

Becca ad­mits she was afraid she’d fall for some­one who didn’t love her back. “But once I got to know the guys and to re­al­ize who was gen­uinely here for the right rea­sons,” she says, “that dis­si­pated.”

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