Before Ben Higgins started looking for love on The Bachelor season 20, he had a “special relationship” with series alum Tenley Molzahn, as she explains in Us Weekly's exclusive video interview.

The two were rumored to be dating after spending time together in September 2015, but the 2010 Bachelor runner-up tells Us Weekly Video that they were strictly friends.

“It was definitely more casual,” Tenley, 31, says. "We got to get to know each other really, really well, and he became a close friend, and I feel like he supported me through Bachelor in Paradise airing, and then I was supporting him along his road to being the Bachelor.”

Ben, 27, certainly left a lasting impression on the holistic nutritionist, since she says it was “definitely a very special relationship, and I will forever be grateful, because Ben really did set a bar for me in the way that I looked at a man, you know, what I hoped for.”

And there was a chance fans could have seen their relationship develop on screen! Tenley, who is currently dating Taylor Leopold, a product line manager for a sandal company who she met through a friend, revealed that she was asked to be on Ben’s season of The Bachelor. While she thinks “he’s incredible,” she “didn’t really consider it,” since she doesn’t “need to go chasing a guy anymore.”

For more on Tenley and Ben’s friendship, and to hear her thoughts on Ben telling two of this season's women that he loves them, watch the exclusive video above!

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