Hannah Brown's turn as "The Bachelorette" has finally come to a close ‒ and now she's speaking out about the topsy-turvy season and all the drama that came with it.
That drama included villainous men ‒ though Brown tells USA TODAY in a post-finale interview that we should be careful about that word.
First things first: She doesn't regret what happened during the finale. To recap: She dumped Tyler Cameron; got engaged to Jed Wyatt; found out the truth about Wyatt's rumored romantic escapades; and confirmed on live TV that she and Wyatt are no longer together.
Still, "I'm really proud of my journey and how I ended that journey last night," she says. It put a final page in this chapter of her life.
What it hasn't ended is a potential relationship with runner-up Cameron. Brown said on Tuesday's finale that she wants someone who will be bold like she is and make bold moves, so it wasn't a shock when she asked him out for a drink.
She says she'd been thinking about him for a while, and that regardless of what happens in the future, she hopes they remain a part of each other's lives in some way.
The same goes for much of the cast: "I hope I can be friends with everyone (who) has been so supportive of me," Brown says.
That probably doesn't include Wyatt or Luke Parker, although Brown cautions against considering them villains. "They're real people; they're not characters," she says. Both have learned a lot, and she doesn't want them to be demonized for their actions on the show. But if Parker tries engaging with her on social media again? She thinks she's handled it already.
She's also over everything that went down between her and Wyatt. A new People magazine article out Tuesday includes Wyatt's ex saying that she thought about Brown every day and regrets not intervening when Wyatt went on the show. Brown hadn't seen the article, wishes her well but doesn't believe there's any need for a "friendship" to blossom in the aftermath.
Brown wants people to remember her time on "The Bachelorette" as authentic and real. She says she experienced "real emotions" and there were "real conversations that needed to be had." And she's looking forward to using her platform to do good and be a role model to other women.
"The Bachelorette" finale aired at the same time as a debate among Democratic presidential candidates on CNN. And while some viewers may have been conflicted about which to watch, Brown has put the moment in perspective.
There is "always Hulu for 'The Bachelorette,'" she says. "I hope people tuned in to what is important." Brown adds that she knows there are a lot of things "more important than my love life."
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'Bachelorette' Hannah Brown opens up about Jed, Luke, Tyler