Lindsay, a 24-year-old substitute teacher from Fort Leonard Wood, MO, left the final seventeenth-season Rose Ceremony heartbroken after Sean rejected her but told her he loved her at the same time.
During a Tuesday conference call with reporters, Lindsay talked to Reality TV World about her The Bachelor elimination and plans for the near future. To read what she had to say, click here.
Below is the remaining portion of Lindsay's interview. To begin reading what Sean and Catherine had to say during their call, click here.
There was a story this morning that you have somebody in your life. So I just wanted to kind of get the details on that -- If you've found love or something of the sort?
Lindsay Yenter: I have my eye on somebody, but I'm not ready to talk about it positively yet.
So I wanted to see if you could just run us through, I mean what was going on in your head when you kind of felt the feeling that you knew you weren't Sean's pick?
Lindsay Yenter: You know, every girl doesn't want to get their heart broken. So when I realized that, you know, I wasn't going to be Sean's pick, it was hard. I wanted to make sure that I got the closure that I needed to get. But you know, it was a really tough situation.
It was really hard, but I had to make the best of it and stay strong and confident through it. But there's like a point where you wonder, you know, "What went wrong, what happened?" So it was hard. It was really hard.
They announced Desiree as the next Bachelorette. Is that something that you thought about? Is that something that you maybe would have done if the opportunity presented itself?
Lindsay Yenter: You know, I'm very, very content with my normal life. I've got a wonderful teaching job where I live. And I really just want to focus career now as a teacher.
Do you feel like all your questions and concerns were answered last night during After the Final Rose?
Lindsay Yenter: I do. I think it's a hard situation... Sometimes you don't, you know, you just have to follow your heart -- that was hard seeing Sean. He didn't necessarily direct, directly answer all the questions, but he did a good job of expressing when he realized that I wasn't the one. And it definitely gave me closure.
Would you ever go to Sean and Catherine's wedding if they invited you? I know that's kind of a sensitive topic but it's possible.
Lindsay Yenter: No. Gosh, of course, I would. Of course, I would come, you know? We have a friendship, so it's great.
How do you feel about Sean's decision to compete on Dancing with the Stars?
Lindsay Yenter: I think it's a great opportunity and I'm proud of him for taking the opportunity.
I think your first appearance on The Bachelor in a wedding gown may go down as the classic moment in Bachelor history. How did you come up with that idea?
Lindsay Yenter: Well, I was actually under the weather. I had a really bad sinus infection and I wasn't, you know, feeling the best. So the producers and I were discussing how can we make a big impact and then go hide in the corner and be sick?
So we were thinking about -- what represents me? What do I want the most in life? And I really want to be a wife and a mother. So, we thought that was a fine way of showing Sean that.
When Sean was saying that you weren't the one for him and then on the After the Final Rose, he did say that he loved you. I mean, did that make things easier or harder for you?
Lindsay Yenter: That was hard. It was -- it was a very "I love you, but I'm-not-in-love-with-you moment." So it was nice to see that he truly did love me and loves the other person and that's great. It's heartbreaking, you know, when somebody that you're in love with isn't in love with you.
When you took off your shoes and walked away at the final Rose Ceremony, what were you thinking at that point? Viewers loved that moment for whatever reason.
Lindsay Yenter: Honestly, I was completely myself on the show. And those rocks were so hard to walk in. And, you know, I was just ready to go and I just -- I took off my shoes and I was -- I was done.
Everyone really felt for you. It sounds like you definitely want to get back to your normal life. Is there anything else that you are looking for in terms of being on TV or something from Sean, or are you completely moving on and just happy to learn from the experience?
Lindsay Yenter: I'm completely moving on. I am so thankful for the experience. It really truly has shaped me into the woman I am now. And honestly, when you have your support system taken away and you can just rely on your inner strength it really, you know, does a lot for you. And I am just ready to get into my teaching career. I have my own classroom now and I actually love it. And I'm just ready for a normal life.
So, obviously it sounds like you're over Sean. And so we are wondering once you got home, what helped you just get over it. Can you walk us through that process?
Lindsay Yenter: Yes. So, right when I got home, it was really rough, you know? Any girl who has come through a heartbreak, you kind of go through everything that happened and you wonder, "Why and when did it go wrong?"
So my family was there for me and they are very supportive and I kind of hid out and was very -- for about a month and, you know, just kind of -- recouped and got everything together. And then eventually moving out to go back to Orange County, that was a great thing to get back to the routine and find a great job. So I think that just going back to a normal life really helped me with the heartbreak.
How do you plan on bringing up your The Bachelor experience to your future husband or kids and the hurt it caused you?
Lindsay Yenter: I think I will definitely find a partner that's very supportive of the past. I think the most important thing is that you find somebody who does not ever judge you on your decisions and accepts you for you. This experience has shaped me to be a strong woman and that's the kind -- I would like to be a wife and a mom that's strong and confident and this experience definitely shaped me into that.
I asked Sean this question as well and I'm curious, you really put it out there during the season that you're a Christian and that your religion, and value structure was really important to you. Was there ever a moment when you looked at the show from those eyes and thought, "Why is it okay that Sean is making out with a bunch of different women in the same night?"
Lindsay Yenter: I, you know, there was a lot of prayer and thinking about it. And honestly, I couldn't have gone through the situation without praying about it.
I believe that has given me a lot of confidence and kind of, you know, non-jealousy issues, because I really looked at it as each girl was something that he could learn from and bring to our relationship. So it was hard seeing him kissing other people and it's a different situation, but all in all, I think it's for the best intentions and I don't think it's wrong.
I was just going to ask you about being the Bachelorette, because it seems like you would be a natural fit for that.
I think that a lot of people who watched the show were really cheering for you. But I'm curious, you seemed so poised and confident when discussing what happened with Sean during After the Final Rose -- and even now when talking about the relationship. Do you think you really processed what's happened here and what you've gone through, or do you think in a couple of months it's going to hit you like a ton bricks?
Lindsay Yenter: I think I definitely have processed it. I made a promise to myself before I started the show that I was going to go through every single emotion and deal with it and move forward.
And I definitely have. I have really just, you know, become very in touch with myself. And I realized that [I'm] working from it. It's definitely going to be nice when all of the craziness settles [down in the media and amongst fans] because I, you know, I'm really, just a normal girl and I love my normal life.
Who were you close to in the house?
Lindsay Yenter: That's a hard question because I was close with a lot of the girls, but I absolutely love [Kacie Boguskie] and [Jackie Parr]. They are great. I was the closest with them in the house.
I would like to know if you were considering being on Bachelor Pad at all?
Lindsay Yenter: I think that it's a great show. It's just not a show for me.
So you've processed everything with Sean and now you're ready to move forward with a new relationship, or I mean, I know you don't want to talk about who yet, but do you feel you're in a place to start a new one?