The new Bachelorette opens up about heartbreak – and moving on

By Aili Nahas
Updated May 23, 2016 12:05 PM
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Six months ago after a devastating breakup from The Bachelor‘s Ben Higgins, JoJo Fletcher is more than ready for her next chapter.

“I don’t have any resentment,” the Bachelorette star tells PEOPLE exclusively. “The memories of him still pop up, but in positive ways. I don’t have any anger because The Bachelor was a time in my life where I grew so much.”

Fletcher continues, “I don’t think I’ll ever forget the moment we broke up. Ben was one of the greatest loves of my life. But I learned from the experience. And seeing Ben’s relationship with Lauren [Bushnell] helped me accept what it is and be happy with the outcome.”

For more about JoJo Fletcher’s journey to find love, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

Now, the 25-year-old real estate developer is the one with the roses when The Bachelorette premieres on Monday.

Promises Fletcher of the season: “There is a lot of drama!”

The Bachelorette premieres Monday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.