Becca Kufrin shared how she reconnected with her Bachelor in Paradise ex, Thomas Kufrin, after breaking up with him on the ABC dating show.
In an interview on the “Talking It Out With Bachelor Nation” podcast on October 14, 2021, the former “Bachelorette” star revealed that she knew early on that she had made a mistake after telling Thomas she didn’t know him well enough to go to the Fantasy Suite with him and continue their relationship on camera.
Becca, who was engaged twice before joining Bachelor in Paradise – first with her college sweetheart Ross Jirgl and later with her final choice for Paradise, Garrett Yrigoyen, per Us Weekly – also explained how she was after the Farewell reunited with Thomas, he goes to the beach in Mexico while filming the rose-filled reality show.
Becca told the Talking It Out podcast that she was surprised at how “dedicated” Thomas was when she told him it was over. She explained that she thought, “If he’s ready, I’m ready.”
After returning her phone, Becca contacted Thomas via text message. Thomas told the podcast that he was still very hurt when he heard from Becca but was hoping she would get in touch.
“The first time she texted me, she started, ‘I know I’m probably the last person you’d want to hear from,'” he said. “And it couldn’t be further from the truth, that’s the only text I’ve been waiting for. That’s the only person I wanted to see. That’s the only person I wanted to hold. “
Becca soon traveled from Los Angeles to Thomas’ San Diego home, where they continued their off-camera relationship.
“We talked until about three or four in the morning some nights and talked about anything and everything,” she said. “The second I saw him … I think he picked me up and kissed me right away and then we just had unlimited time to explore what that could be.”
While the couple gave up their chance for a free Neil Lane sparkler when they left Paradise separately, a more traditional engagement could be in their future.
“We talked about it,” said Thomas. “I mean, I don’t want to spend my life with anyone else.”
Some Bachelor in Paradise fans have been confused by Becca and Thomas’ relationship. Thomas was portrayed as the “villain” on Katie Thurston’s season of “The Bachelorette”, but viewers saw a new side of him when he met Becca, who became the first “Bachelorette” star to ever participate in the spin-off Dating show participated as reported by people.
During an appearance on Kaitlynn Bristowe’s “Off The Vine” podcast, Becca admitted that she had previously told Bachelor in Paradise producers that she had no intention of getting engaged on the speed dating show since she was already doing it twice. (The ABC dating show’s 2021 round resulted in three engagements.)
While she had a good relationship with Thomas after meeting him on the show, Becca said she got cold feet in the end because she was afraid she didn’t know him fully.
“I was very, very careful because I had already gone through two very, very public breakups,” she said. “And I was like, ‘I’m not going to do that again.’ And if I don’t feel one hundred percent safe to share you with the world, I won’t be able to leave here with you. “
She added that while she had a very long closing interview with Thomas, she didn’t want the pressures of the show – and the pressures of an engagement in particular – to be the reason she stayed in “Paradise”.
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