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