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Courtney Robertson and Ben Flajnik have been engaged for close to a year now — ever since Ben got down on bended knee in Switzerland during The Bachelor Season 16 finale (which filmed in November 2011, but aired in March 2012). Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with the luminous Courtney at In Touch Weekly’s Icons + Idols party in Los Angeles on September 6, 2012, and we got the chance to chat with the LA-based model about where she and Ben are now and what she thinks of all the recent Bachelor casting rumors.

What’s changed for you and Ben post-Bachelor?
We’re having a real relationship away from the public eye. I actually don’t do well with all this [gestures to to the noisy party behind her] so I like it. It’s a lot quieter. It’s a normal life. Everything’s good!

Ryan Lochte is in talks to be on The Bachelor.  What do you think about that?
Is that right? I didn’t hear that rumor! That’s great. He should!  I wonder if he’s really looking for love, though. I think that would be awesome. That would be fun to shake things up.

Would you have been on The Bachelor if it had been an athlete?
It’s so funny, I don’t think so. I really only did it ‘cause I saw Ben and I liked him. I knew it was him so that’s why I did the show — and now look!