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Bristowe, who ended her engagement to Jason Tartick in July, said those feelings subsided when she felt an "urge" to "hook up" with men again: "I was really proud of myself for that because I was like, ‘OK, I’m not the desert down there’”
Kaitlyn Bristowe once had second thoughts about dating men towards the end of a previous relationship.
On Tuesday's episode of her Off the Vine podcast, The Bachelorette alum, 38, opened up about her sex life and how she once believed she was asexual or into women because she lost her sex drive "at the end" of a past relationship.
"It was gone," she said of her sex drive. "I thought I was asexual. I literally thought I was asexual."
“I was like, I think at this point I could see myself more with a woman — I actually thought that — than a man,” she continued. “I get it. Like, I think women are hot. I could do that.”
After going on a few more dates, Bristowe recalled feeling an "urge" to explore sex with men again.
“I was like, ‘Ooh, I kinda would like to hook up,’” she explained. “I was really proud of myself for that because I was like, ‘OK, I’m not the desert down there.’”
Bristowe was last linked to Jason Tartick.
Following her broken engagement to her Bachelorette frontrunner Shawn Booth, she met Tartick — who had competed for Becca Kufrin's heart on her respective Bachelorette season — when he made an appearance on her Off the Vine podcast in 2018. They began dating in 2019 and got engaged in 2021.
Tartick and Bristowe split in July 2023 but didn't publicize the news until the following month. In a joint Instagram statement, the now-exes called the breakup a "life-altering decision" that sparked "many emotions and changes" for them to navigate.
The following month, Bristowe addressed the split on her podcast, saying, "I’ve never respected someone more through a breakup than I do with Jason. I think people assume if people break up, something bad happened. And I think that’s the hardest part of this whole breakup — nothing bad happened. It’s just been over time. We have both not made each other a priority."
"It's sad. We are both so sad. You know, you think you're gonna spend your life with somebody ... we're grieving a loss," she added.
In January, Tartick appeared on Savannah Chrisley's Unlocked podcast. During their chat, the Chrisley Knows Best alum, 26, told Tartick that she didn't believe he and Bristowe were meant to last after Bristowe's last stint on her show.
"She came on my podcast in March and I just knew by how she was talking about your relationship, I was like, 'This is not going anywhere. This is going to end,'" Chrisley said, to which Tartick added, "I've heard there were a lot of conversations I wasn't aware of before the breakup that were similar to that."
"It was gradually growing apart. I was a bit in denial," he said, noting that he initially wanted to "salvage" the relationship before she broke up with him. "I think I lived a little bit in a cloud. I should have seen [our issues] and I should have stepped into it earlier."
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"I know with certainty, even when I look back at all the thumb-pointing, the things I should have done better and been a better partner. And I will be in my next relationship," Tartick said. "I know with certainty that she absolutely was not my person. I know with certainty I absolutely wasn't her person."
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