Ben Higgins might not have had the strongest feelings for Caila Quinn on The Bachelor, but this season, I've really liked her. She's sweet, always upbeat, and managed not to be at the center of the drama — all good qualities! All along, I've had a feeling that out of the remaining contestants, this woman is the one most likely to ascend Kaitlyn Bristowe's throne, and Caila will be the next Bachelorette if her classy exit speech has anything to say about it. And, even though Ben sent her home on Monday night's episode, it just makes it that much more possible that the role is hers if she decides she wants it.
Ben tried to let her down easy, but is there any way to let someone down easy who took the risk of falling in love with you on national television? It's good that he decided to let her know when they had a private moment together instead of making her suffer through yet another rose ceremony, because it could have been even more brutal than it already was.
So, what did Caila say in the limo ride out of there? Oh, basically that she's ready to be ABC's next leading lady... but not in those words.
Here's what she said — while crying and ripping America's heart to pieces the entire time:
I could tell, I, like, wanted this to be a surprise, and I'm so excited to see him, and I just came out and jumped into his arms, and I didn't feel it. I thought I'd be getting engaged in a week and a half. I was ready. I was ready to get married. I was ready to be his wife. I was ready for our future. It's all I thought about. I feel like my purpose in life is to love other people, and I don't know why I haven't found it yet. I thought this was it. I was ready. I didn't see this coming. I like, still love him.
If that isn't the most heartbreaking thing in the world, I don't know what is. How do you not root for her after a speech like that?! ABC, make this girl The Bachelorette. She needs to find love!
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