Ben Higgins appeared on Good Morning America in preparation for Monday night's big season 20 premiere

ABC Breaking News | Latest News Videos The Bachelor fans have a long (and, as always, emotional) journey ahead before discovering if Ben Higgins has found his soulmate, but the reality star may already be dropping hints about his relationship status.

While Higgins mostly played coy during an appearance on Good Morning America on Monday, the 26-year-old couldn’t hide his smile when he told Lara Spencer that joining season 20 of the reality show was “definitely” a good choice.

“When they asked initially, I think I just wanted to process everything make sure it was the right decision for me,” Higgins said, “and ultimately it was. … It definitely was.”

The software accounts manager said “the last year has been a little crazy, it’s definitely changed life a lot, but I would never take it back.” Unfortunately, however, Higgins wouldn’t yet confirm or deny whether he got down on one knee at the season’s end.

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Higgins, who first appeared on the eleventh season of The Bachelorette, said the entire process was “a lot harder” than he expected – and much different than being a contestant.

“When you begin this, I think I saw the end result – or what could be the end result – and you kinda forget that to get there there’s a lot of heartbreak, a lot of pain, a lot of emotion,” he explained.

And while having his life “on display” for America will be hard, Higgins said he’s already learned to “roll with it.”

“People are gonna laugh and maybe cry with me, and I’ll be embarrassed at times,” he said. “You’ll probably see me kissing sometimes.”

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Higgins has a lot of people in his corner, however – namely, his former competitors and some Bachelor regulars.

He hung out with some of his Bachelorette castmates, including Ben Zorn, Kupah James, Jared Haibon, Ryan Beckett and Tanner Tolbert, over the past week, based on Instagrams of the guys’ outing.

He also joined some of the latest Bachelor in Paradise cast on the Bachelor float in the Rose Parade.

The new season of The Bachelor premieres Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.