Credit: via The Bachelor TV Twitter Photo: Shawntel Newton Behind the Scenes of The Bachelor Season 16

We may or may not have been secretly hoping for an After the Final Rose reconciliation (and subsequent jaunt off into the sunset) between Season 15 contestant Shawntel Newton and Season 16 Bachelor Ben Flajnik — but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.

Not only because Ben is PROBABLY engaged, but because Shawntel has a boyfriend! In an interview with The Olive Tee, in which she discusses her faith, Shawntel also addresses her return to The Bachelor Season 16.

Ultimately, she says that she’s glad she went on the show, because she always would have wondered “what if?” if she hadn’t. She continues, “But, I’m also glad I got sent home because it allowed me to finish writing my book. And it allowed me to meet someone I am head over heels for! (He’s a Christian too)!"

What is it they say? Everything happens for a reason? So there you have it! Shawntel is seeing someone, and we couldn’t be happier for her.

Read the rest of Shawntel’s inspiring interview here.

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