Tuesday night's episode of The Bachelorette showed Jason telling Gabby that he wasn't going to be ready to pop the question by the end of the process but he still wanted to date her and continue getting to know her after the show.
However, Gabby said she and Jason "talked in circles" in the Fantasy Suite off-camera that night and couldn't agree on how things would work in the real world.
The couple therefore mutually agreed to split and part ways, but Gabby admitted that she felt led on by Jason considering she had assumed every rose acceptance in previous weeks meant he could definitely see a future with her.
"It was a little bit of a [gut punch], like, 'What?!'" Gabby recalled of Jason's reluctance to get engaged during the latest episode of the "Click Bait with Bachelor Nation" podcast.
"But, you know what? I can't say that I was really surprised, definitely."
The ICU nurse and former cheerleader continued, "I think we hadn't really had the time and space to talk about it. Because up until this point, we had our one-on-one, which was pretty early. [There's] no need to talk about an engagement then. And then time just kind of disappears."
Gabby said she and the 30-year-old investment banker from Santa Monica, CA, never really had "a comfortable space" to sit down and talk about a potential engagement or what their lives would look like together post-The Bachelorette until her week of overnight dates.
"But it was something I would've guessed. If it were to come from someone, it would've been him," Gabby noted.
On The Bachelorette, Gabby gushed about how Jason was sensitive, warm and caring, but she was upset Jason had waited so long to tell her how he felt about a commitment with her.
Gabby sobbed about how Jason never loved her, and she wondered if she was "too broken" to be loved by anyone.
"It's not just that he didn't want an engagement; he didn't want me," Gabby lamented in a confessional on The Bachelorette. "How do you keep trusting? [Johnny DePhillipo] also doesn't want me. I don't know what it is about me that's so hard to love."