No matter who you are, seeing your ex move on is always going to be a tough pill to swallow. Even if you're a member of Bachelor Nation. For example, how does Shawn Booth feel about Kaitlyn Bristowe dating Jason Tartick? Well, the former Bachelorette winner just opened up, and let me put it like this: If you're going through a breakup and your newsfeed is filled with pictures of your ex happily in love with someone else, you aren't alone. Booth feels your pain.
For those of you who missed the memo, Bristowe and Booth announced their split to People three months ago with this statement:
After three incredible years, we have decided to go our separate ways. This difficult decision comes after thoughtful, respectful consideration. Even though we are parting as a couple, we’re very much committed to remaining friends and we will continue to support each other. Due to the nature of how we met, our relationship has always been very public, and we have enjoyed sharing it with all of you, but we ask that you respect our decision and our privacy at this time.
Since then, Bristowe has found love with former Bachelorette contestant, Jason Tartick. Although it's been quick, the two have been very public about their romance and they seem to be pretty legit. In her podcast, Off the Vine, Bristowe went so far as to call her relationship with Tartick "life-changing," adding that their communication with each other is "so mature and healthy."
Bristowe hasn't at all been shy about her feelings for Tartick. "Sorry you can't be perfect, Jason. You gotta have something," she said during another part of her podcast. "You're good-looking, you're the sweetest person I ever met. You just have good intentions, you're well-raised, you're just a little diamond in the rough."
The two seem to be very much in love which is, obviously, wonderful for them, but seeing it all unfold on social media has been "tough" for Booth.
"I think just with her moving on so quick, I just have a tough time understanding why she would be putting this out everywhere or blasting it all over the place, knowing that it could hurt [me]," Booth recently told Ben Higgins and Ashley Iaconetti on their podcast, The Ben and Ashley I Almost Famous Podcast.
Another tidbit? Booth also added that, despite making things public just a few weeks ago, Bristowe and Tartick have actually been seeing each other since November, the month Bristowe and Booth announced their split. So, yeah, the wounds were definitely still fresh.
"Not only were we engaged, but it's like, man, I lost my best friend, too," he added to his fellow Bachelor Nation pals.
That all being said, there is one bright side to all of this that Booth has managed to pick up on. His ex's actions are helping him move on! He told Higgins and Iaconetti:
I also think that it's helping me to move on because it does hurt that much seeing everything, it does upset me and it does make me a little angry, but it also helps me to move on knowing that maybe we weren't right for each other and that I will find somebody down the road that will also make me happy.
It's true, people! Even if seeing your ex with someone new makes you upset, you can always use those feelings as ammunition to move on with your life.
Also, if any of you are the Bristowe in the situation, just a friendly reminder that you don't have to feel bad for moving on! You're not responsible for how your ex feels.