Kaitlyn Bristowe keeps it real when it comes to life after reality TV.
The former Bachelorette tells ET she definitely thinks fame puts added pressure on couples, so it’s important to step away from the limelight -- at least for a while.
“We kind of went back to a somewhat 'normal' life,” she says, citing her move to Nashville with fiance Shawn Booth after their season of The Bachelorette ended in 2015.
“We didn't do another TV show,” she notes. “We kind of got to really know each other after the show.”
“I think it was tough, ‘cause they also jumped into another TV show after The Bachelor, [Happily Ever After?]” she shares. “So many couples won't work in this world and they were one of them.”
On the episode, the parents-to-be try to convince Bristowe it’s time for her to get pregnant, too.
“Who knows?’ Bristowe teases. “I like to keep the people guessing, keep 'em on their toes. I have no idea. We have zero plans, and that's so typical of us.”
Bristowe actually froze her eggs earlier this year, a process she was very public with.
“I wanted to spread the word, because I really do think it opens so many doors and opportunities for women these days,” she says. “We don't wanna be just like, 'Well, our bodies are supposed to at the age of 20, so that's what we're gonna do.' We're doing so much in this world, as women, and I feel like that's such a back-up plan for so many women that they can have, and then still enjoy the family later in life.”
Bristowe realized during our chat that it would be impossible to do her podcast, on which she drinks wine the whole time, if she were to get pregnant.
“That is a great point,” she says. “So, yeah, no time soon! So, wedding first then, OK?”
Bristowe and Booth still have no plans to walk down the aisle anytime soon, though she’s still down for a televised wedding should they be offered one (ABC never did).
“So many people are so sweet, and invested in our relationship, and have asked to see it and want to be a part of it,” Bristowe says. “The fact that we could have that opportunity to share it with people who care about us means a lot to us.”
“At the same time, we'd probably do two [weddings],” she adds. “I've never been a person like, I need to have this dream wedding! So, I would probably have my close friends and family just fly to Mexico and do it there, too.”
Bristowe and Booth will celebrate their two-year engagement anniversary on July 27 -- which is also the day she officially gets to keep her Neil Lane ring, which is reportedly worth $150,000. Bachelor couples who split before the two years have to return the diamonds.
“That's what we're waiting for,” Bristowe chuckles. “Then I'm like, bye! Just kidding.”