Kaitlyn Bristowe is taking control of her love life

By Jodi Guglielmi Aili Nahas
January 09, 2019 10:56 AM

Kaitlyn Bristowe is moving on.

Bristowe and Bachelor alum Jason Tartick sent Bachelor Nation into a frenzy on Wednesday thanks to a rather flirty exchange during the latest episode of her podcast, Off the Vine with Kaitlyn Bristowe.

It all started when Bristowe asked Tartick why they haven’t gone out yet.

“Jason, are you finally going to ask me on a date?” Bristowe, 33, teased.

Taking the (rather obvious) hint, Tartick made his move on the season 11 Bachelorette.

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“You’re making me blush over here, Kaitlyn,” he said. “I mean, if we’re both going to be in the same city at the same time, I see no reason why we shouldn’t go to dinner or grab drinks.” After Bristowe accepted his invitation, Tartick said he couldn’t be happier. “My heart is racing over here, my beats per minute are off the chain,” he said. But she gave him a clear warning before taking that next step: “Don’t f—- it up.”
A source tells PEOPLE, “Kaitlyn is excited to go out with Jason. She likes him so far, and he seems like a good guy for her, that he would treat her really well! Her relationship with Shawn has been over for a long time, longer than people know, and she’s ready to date again.”
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Tartick, 30, appeared on Becca Kufrin’s season of The Bachelorette last spring, making it to the final three. Bristowe competed on The Bachelor in 2015 and then became The Bachelorette herself.

She got engaged to Shawn Booth, and the two were together for over three years before calling it quits in November.

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“It’s been a really hard few months now,” Bristowe said on her podcast. “I really did think we’d get through it.”

Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth
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She said the couple hit a “crossroads” in the relationship during a trip to Bristowe’s native Canada.

“With all the hard moments in life come life lessons and that’s what I need to take from all of this,” she explained. “Sometimes you need to take a moment and take a step back to think about what you are fighting for and if it makes sense for your long-term happiness.”

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Bristowe and Booth eventually made the difficult decision to go their separate ways.

“There were some important fundamental values that weren’t lining up,” she said, adding that there were also “some things we’d probably never see eye-to-eye on. We were left with no choice but to be honest with ourselves and each other.”

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