ET exclusively caught up with Bushnell on Thursday, when she gave her first on-camera interview since her May split from Ben Higgins. The blonde beauty revealed that despite their breakup, the two have no bad blood -- but she is extra "protective" over her new relationship with Antin.
"I have nothing negative to say about Ben," she shared. "He's such a good person. There's nothing wrong with him at all. He did nothing wrong, I did nothing wrong, it's just more like… sometimes it doesn't work, and the pressure [of getting married] obviously is an added element. But I don't think that's necessarily what caused a breakup."
"I'm very protective over [this new relationship], because it's someone that I've known for a while," Bushnell explained. "We had a friendship established before I even went on The Bachelor. When you go through a breakup -- for me, at least -- that was the last thing on my mind. I wanted to just take the time to, like, take a deep breath and think back on things that happened and just kind of reset a little bit."
"So, it wasn't necessarily planned, if you will," she added. "It's a friendship, and because of that friendship first, I'm also very protective of it. So, I haven't really shared a lot about it, but I'm very happy."