The Bachelorette star opens up to PEOPLE in this week’s issue about this season’s villain and how he blew her away – and not in a good way.
“Chad Johnson was one of my top guys, but I started hearing about drama,” says the Dallas-based real estate developer. “The guys assumed Chad couldn’t hide that much crazy, but I really had no idea what was going on.”
“When I finally saw, it blew me away,” adds Fletcher, 25. “Watching Chad is like one of those things where you want to look away from something but you can’t. The guys were much happier when he was gone.”
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“He wasn’t meant to be my husband,” Fletcher adds. “But I wish him the best of luck. I’m going to let Chad do Chad!”
And that’s exactly what he’s doing. The former suitor will be appearing on the upcoming season of Bachelor in Paradise – though he recently revealed that he’s still single and “looking for love.”
“I have strong feelings for all of the final guys,” she tells PEOPLE. “No doubt in my mind, I can see myself with each one. The painful part is knowing I won’t end up with three of them. The pressure is overwhelming. But I trust my gut, and I feel really good about that.”
The Bachelorette airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC, and Bachelor in Paradise premieres Aug. 2 on ABC.