Only about a year ago, Kaitlyn Bristowe was still very much mourning the end of her engagement to Shaw Booth, the final rose recipient on her season of The Bachelorette.
She was mentally and emotionally drained from fighting for her relationship with the personal trainer.
“I just never took our commitment, or being engaged, lightly at all. I had the mindset of doing whatever it took to make it work,” she shared on her podcast, Off the Vine With Kaitlyn Bristowe, at the time. “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 make sense for your long-term happiness.”
It’s safe to say that, these days, Bristowe is doing a lot better.
When Kaitlyn Bristowe met Jason Tartick
Shortly after her split from Booth, Bristowe met her current boyfriend and love of her life Jason Tartick. She recently posted an Instagram photo and caption dedicated to the day the couple met.
“On this day last year…. I walked into a studio in Seattle to podcast with Jason and Olivia. I almost canceled because I had been bawling my eyes out in an Uber, going through some crap, and I was crying on FaceTime to my dad when he came in. We had never met, but he hugged me, and told me he had just cried too at a charity event he came from. He looked at me and said, “let’s have a soft Tuesday together,”” she began the post.
Recently, Bristowe’s been saying she has a feeling Tartick’s going to propose to her at any moment, and Tartick says she’s not wrong.
“Every time I’m like, ‘Oh my, God. Is today the day?’ I’m probably going to ruin the day because I’m going to be like, ‘Oh, here it comes! I know this is it!’” she said in an interview with Us Weekly.
Kaitlyn Bristowe is doing a lot better in just a year’s time
Bristowe wasn’t in a great place this time last year. If she could go back and tell her year-younger self how everything was going to turn out, she probably wouldn’t believe it.
“I just feel like I’m a new person. I feel like I’m a whole different person in a really good way,” she told E! News, giving a shoutout to the growth of her Dew scrunchie line and Spade & Sparrows wine brand.
“I feel more confident in myself and my relationship. I just feel like I’m in a much different place, and I always say that to girls. I have a lot of young girls who listen to the podcast and think that they’re going through a hard time, that life’s over, and they get really down on themselves. And I think that it’s interesting to see how much can change in a short amount of time, and you never know what’s around the corner,” she continued.