On The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose earlier this week, Justin cried onstage from his heartbreak and said he felt like he had made Katie's Final 2 bachelors only by "default" since frontrunners Greg Grippo and Michael Allio had quit before him.
Justin reasoned, "What would that whole day and whole night potentially done for us? And then she could've had Blake for the whole day and the whole night, and then kind of see where each relationship was after that."
Justin was left wondering about what could have been because Katie allegedly admitted to him during their breakup conversation -- which took place only a few days after Justin's hometown date -- that she wasn't leaning towards Blake going into Fantasy Suite Week.
"One of the things I asked her [when we broke up] was, 'Hey, I totally respect that and I thank you, but one of the questions I have is... Was there any point throughout this journey where you started to realize, okay, I'm starting to gravitate towards Blake?'" Justin recalled.
"And she said, 'No, it literally was not until that prior night.' That night before. She said, 'Up until this morning, I wanted to go through with this day with you. It wasn't until last night where I had that moment of clarity and I knew.'"
Justin said he was glad that Katie was a straight-shooter and so honest with him but the disclosure definitely left him with some what ifs.
"If she had said, 'You know, yeah, at a certain point, I was leaning towards [Blake or] these relationships,' I would be like, 'Okay, cool, I can see how our relationship wasn't as strong as it needed to be,'" Justin acknowledged.
"But when I hear it wasn't until the night before, it just leaves you thinking, 'Okay, well, if I went first, could we have gotten there?' And I'll never know. But that's where I was coming from."
Justin also admitted he found it "frustrating, for sure" he received such little screentime on the show and people didn't get to see his deep and also playful connection with Katie throughout the season.
But Justin said he and Katie both knew and understood their bond and he felt certain, based on the trust and chemistry they had developed, that he was "still around for a reason" at the Final 4.
"No part of me doubted that I would be there through hometowns," Justin confirmed, adding that he and Katie also had an intense physical chemistry.
However, once Michael and Greg quit the season back-to-back, Justin became "skeptical" of whether Katie really would have given him a Final 2 rose if she still had the option between all of those men.
"I remember talking to the producers and saying, 'Hey guys, I'm kind of torn because I'm one step closer to being with her but anything I've had in life, I've worked for, and it's much that more gratifying when you feel you've earned it,'" Justin shared.
"I told her it would've meant that much more to me if she handed me that rose and I felt like I was there by default."
Justin also insisted he had poured everything he had into the process and his relationship "coming to a screeching halt" with Katie was tough.
"It sucks giving so much of yourself, and to not end up the way you wanted it to, it's a tough pill to swallow," he confessed.
Justin added that if he and Katie had a successful Fantasy Suite night with deep conversation and she ultimately picked him in the end, he'd definitely be ready to propose marriage.
But after seeing Katie's connection with other men on television, Justin concluded, "Things ended the way they were supposed to, so I can live with that... Was I ready for [an engagement] then? Yes. Would it have been the right decision looking back now? No."
Katie and Blake got engaged at the Final Rose Ceremony and claim to be very happy and madly in love today.