What would a new relationship be without a little mom drama? The Bachelor season 20 winner Lauren Bushnell told reporters during a conference call on Tuesday, March 15, that it wasn’t easy to discover that Ben Higgins’ mom, Amy, thought runner-up JoJo Fletcher would be a better fit for her son.
In a clip from the ABC dating series’ Monday, March 14, finale that didn’t air but was previously released to preview the episode, Amy tearfully admitted that she would rather see her son pick Fletcher: “It has nothing to do with anything personal towards either girl, but if I was to make that decision for Ben today, if it depended on me, I would pick JoJo.”
Bushnell, 25, told reporters that she saw the clip and admitted that “at first, it’s kind of strange to watch. But then you have to remember that happened long enough ago where now our relationship is in a totally different place.”
“Ben’s whole family has done nothing but accept me as a daughter now, into their family, and I consider them parents, too,” the flight attendant said. “I just kind of realized that, that was in the past, and I’ve felt nothing but love and acceptance since then.”
After proposing to Bushnell in Jamaica during the finale, the software salesman, 26, proposed again to her at the live After the Final Rose special. Fletcher, 24, also appeared on the special, where she accepted host Chris Harrison‘s offer to star as the season 12 Bachelorette.
The Bachelorette‘s 12th season premieres on ABC on Monday, May 23, at 8 p.m. ET.