She is now happily engaged – but Becca Kufrin's way to The Bachelorette has been anything but a gentle ride.
After experiencing heartbreak and betrayal in Arie Luyendyk Jr. The Minneapolis-based publicist's Bachelor receives a second chance at love.
Kufrin, 28, will be at the center of attention on Monday as the Bachelorette, where she will try to find her Mr. Right in a group of 28 men fighting for her heart. Before the eagerly anticipated premiere, PEOPLE looks back on its journey.
The Final Rose
Bachelor nation was introduced to Kufrin during the premiere of Luyendyk Jr. on January 1
, when she boldly asked him to kneel down and asked what their signature phrase would become : "Are you ready to do the damn thing?"
And it turns out he was – or so he thought.  Becca Kufrin and Arie Luyendyk Jr. on the bachelor premiere “/>
Becca Kufrin and Arie Luyendyk Jr. on the season premiere of The Bachelor
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Kufrin made it to the GDR the last two in season by Luyendyk Jr. alongside Lauren Burnham. And while both women were confident they would go to the final Rose ceremony, Luyendyk Jr. openly admitted that he contradicted himself in his feelings and told both women he was in love with her.
"I found love in two different women," Luyendyk Jr. said on the show, admitting to feeling "frightened" before the last Rose ceremony in Peru. "I could choose the wrong person, and that's a real scare."
Ultimately, Luyendyk Jr., 36, ended his relationship with Burnham and beat Kufrin
Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Becca Kufrin over the season finale of The Bachelor
After filming wrapped up and the newly engaged couple returned to the US, Luyendyk Jr. was still confused in his decision – and later on the show admit that he still had feelings for Burnham, 26.
He finally reached Burnham on New Year's Eve and the two of them spoke on the phone the following day. He then decided to cancel his engagement with Kufrin during a weekend trip to Los Angeles. The breakup was filmed and unedited footage of the incredibly raw moment aired during The Bachelor Finale.
"How do I get started?" Luyendyk jr. Started obviously uncomfortable. "You know I fought a bit, I think in the last couple of years we've been in, I've really tried to sort out my feelings and try to understand the whole thing. Though it's all about you, even though it's all I wanted, I still think of her, I think you feel that. "
While Kufrin sat in silence, Luyendyk Jr. tried to justify his decision and ever explained The longer he stayed with Kufrin, the more he felt as if his window of opportunity for reconciliation with Burnham was narrowing.
Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Becca Kufrin on the season finale of The Bachelor
"Do you want with her? be back? "Kufrin asked.
"I want to see if there is this possibility," he said.
"Are you kidding me?" She answered.
After What felt like hours of Luyendyk Jr. trying to continue the conversation with a desperate Kufrin, he finally left and the two were over forever.
After the public split, Kufrin was open about her pain. 19659002] "There was a better and more tactful way to do that," Kufrin told PEOPLE on national television. "Breaking up is tough enough, and to have filmed and see it again and to know that people all over the country are watching you get broken in your heart is embarrassing, it's not fun, it would be my worst enemy It was like a slap. "
She then got the chance to play Luyendyk Jr. during the live after the Final Rose part of the final on March 6, which took place a few weeks later confronting their separation
"All I asked for was honesty about you, and I feel like I did not quite understand it," she said. "I feel that in the end I lacked the respect."
Becca Kufrin and Arie Luyendyk Jr. at After the Final Rose
But at the end of the day, Kufrin said she did not have one evil intent to her ex.
"I will always have love in my heart for you," she said. "You were my fiancé and I fell in love with you but I kept going and I'm ready for the next chapter of my life I do not want to look back to the past I want to go forward"
"I forgive you I do, "she continued. "The whole situation is difficult, but you learn from everything, I want you to be happy, I hope that Lauren is yours and that you have found that happiness in her, I just want you to be honest with her, and just hold her heart high, you have the utmost respect for her, get involved for her, because that was a lot to go through. "
A second suggestion – but not for Kufrin
After his meeting with Kufrin during the Show After the Final Rose Luhmendyk Jr. was accompanied by Burnham on stage, where he dropped to one knee and placed the question.
Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham on After the Final Rose
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"I made some bad choices, but the best decision was to run back to you," he said, "I can not imagine a life without you. … I really believe that you are my soulmate. I am ready to handle this life with you and everything that goes with it. The good and the bad. I love you above all. I wanted to do that in front of everyone else because I want to show you that I should have done that long ago. Lauren Elizabeth Burnham, do you want to marry me?
The two want to tie the knot on January 12th on Hawaii.  CONNECTED: Will The Aria and the. Lauren watch his ex-Becca season of The Bachelorette ?
From Despised Woman to Leading Lady
After experiencing one of the most dramatic undergraduate journeys it only made sense Kufrin was named the newest Bachelorette.  Becca Kufrin “/>
"It scares me," she said to People at the time. "I'm sure it would [scare] every person who knew I was just engaged, I was in love. But I have so much love to give and I only want one partner in life. I am not afraid to go out with these guys and find the one that suits me best – I welcome that with open arms.
And while Kufrin will meet the majority of their contestants on Monday night, they began their journey live on stage After the Final Rose show, meeting five of the men from their season.
A Happy Ending – Finally!
Prior to the premiere, Kufrin announced she is happily busy with her recent selection The Bachelorette – and this time it feels quite different.
"I feel as if I am "I can not just wipe that smile off my face!"
While the publicist felt last season as if she were "ready to commit herself to Luyendyk Jr.," she told PEOPLE "She said her job when the bachelorette helped her find someone would be best for me."
"I wanted someone who is real," Kufrin said, adding, "Someone who opens up and is vulnerable be and I realize h can show who they are – and I found that. "19659002] The Bachelorette premiere on Monday at 20 pm ET on ABC.