'The Bachelor' 's Caila Quinn Speaks Out on Being Dumped by Ben Higgins: 'The First Thing That Hit Me Was Anger'

The Bachelor contestant was blindsided after she was eliminated on Monday s episode

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brightcove.createExperiences(); It was a shocking exit. The Bachelor‘s Caila Quinn had only recently revealed to Ben Higgins that she was in love with him, when she was sent packing on Monday’s episode.

“There are different stages of grief,” Quinn tells PEOPLE of the breakup. “The first one that hit me was anger. I felt like Ben was kind of rehearsed, and I just wanted him to be real with me.”

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Now after watching the show unfold, “I can see how his relationship progressed with the other women, so that made it easier for me to understand,” says the 24-year-old software sales rep. “That doesn’t mean it wasn’t hard. But I do see that Ben is happy and I don’t want to live in the past.”

As for moving on, Quinn says she’s single, but still open to finding lasting love. “I’m really happy for [final two contestants] JoJo and Lauren,” she says. “They fell hard for Ben and he opened up with them. I want to find someone who feels that passionately about me that he can’t help but tell me how he feels. That will happen one day!”

The Bachelor airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC. Tune in to the Women Tell All episode on March 7 and the season finale on March 14.

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