Rachel Lindsay: I ‘always knew’ Nick Viall wasn’t going to pick me

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A gut instinct. Bachelor Nation’s Rachel Lindsay knew from early on that she was not going to make it to the end of Nick Viall’s season of The Bachelor.

“Men are painfully obvious as to who [they] like from the beginning,” Lindsay, 33, said on the Tuesday, February 5, episode of the former Bachelor’s “Viall Files” podcast. “We always knew who you were gonna pick. We knew it. I would tell producers. I would say, ’I don’t even know why I’m here because I know what he’s gonna do.’”

The attorney, who Viall, 38, sent home on week nine of The Bachelor season 21, told her ex that while she didn’t feel like he “led [her] on,” she was fully prepared to be eliminated.

“‘It’s been real fun. This is it for me tonight,’” she recalled telling the crew before the rose ceremony during which she was sent packing. “I remember. I was like, ‘It’s not me.’”

THE BACHELOR – ‘Episode 2111 – The Women Tell All’ – Tempers flare and there are plenty of fireworks, as 19 of the most memorable women this season are back to confront Nick and tell their side of the story. There were highs and lows during Nick’s unforgettable season – and then there was Corinne, the most controversial bachelorette of the group. The very self-confident Corinne, who has been the woman viewers and the other bachelorettes have loved to hate, returns to have her chance to defend herself. Rachel, the recently announced new Bachelorette, shares some insight into how she plans to handle her search for love. Danielle L. and Kristina attempt to get some closure to their sudden and heart-wrenching break-ups. Then, take a sneak peak at the dramatic season finale and Nick’s final two women, on ‘The Bachelor: The Women Tell All,’ MONDAY, MARCH 6 (9:01-11:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Michael Yada/ABC via Getty Images)
RACHEL LINDSAY, NICK VIALL

THE BACHELOR -‘Episode 2108’ – Corinne, Rachel, Raven and Vanessa are left in Bimini, still shocked that Nick sent Kristina home before the rose ceremony. They wonder if they still will get a coveted hometown date from the unpredictable Bachelor. But with the stakes being so high, Nick will go on an emotionally charged journey to visit these final four women’s hometowns. Raven meets him in Hoxie, Arkansas, and cute couple have some great, sexy fun, but Raven’s father reveals some serious news. Then, it is on to Dallas where Rachel and Nick confront the challenges that might meet an interracial couple. Corinne is waiting in Miami where her father waits with some tough questions. Finally, Nick travels to Montreal to reunite with Vanessa. Although her special needs adult students give him a big thumbs up, things don’t go quite so well with her big Italian family, especially after her father drops a bomb about Nick that has Vanessa questioning their relationship. Just as Nick gets ready to make the gut-wrenching decision to send one woman home, he gets a surprise visitor, who could change everything, on ‘The Bachelor,’ MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Bill Matlock/ABC via Getty Images)
NICK VIALL, RACHEL

THE BACHELOR -‘Episode 2108’ – Corinne, Rachel, Raven and Vanessa are left in Bimini, still shocked that Nick sent Kristina home before the rose ceremony. They wonder if they still will get a coveted hometown date from the unpredictable Bachelor. But with the stakes being so high, Nick will go on an emotionally charged journey to visit these final four women’s hometowns. Raven meets him in Hoxie, Arkansas, and cute couple have some great, sexy fun, but Raven’s father reveals some serious news. Then, it is on to Dallas where Rachel and Nick confront the challenges that might meet an interracial couple. Corinne is waiting in Miami where her father waits with some tough questions. Finally, Nick travels to Montreal to reunite with Vanessa. Although her special needs adult students give him a big thumbs up, things don’t go quite so well with her big Italian family, especially after her father drops a bomb about Nick that has Vanessa questioning their relationship. Just as Nick gets ready to make the gut-wrenching decision to send one woman home, he gets a surprise visitor, who could change everything, on ‘The Bachelor,’ MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Bill Matlock/ABC via Getty Images)
RACHEL, NICK VIALL

THE BACHELOR -‘Episode 2108’ – Corinne, Rachel, Raven and Vanessa are left in Bimini, still shocked that Nick sent Kristina home before the rose ceremony. They wonder if they still will get a coveted hometown date from the unpredictable Bachelor. But with the stakes being so high, Nick will go on an emotionally charged journey to visit these final four women’s hometowns. Raven meets him in Hoxie, Arkansas, and cute couple have some great, sexy fun, but Raven’s father reveals some serious news. Then, it is on to Dallas where Rachel and Nick confront the challenges that might meet an interracial couple. Corinne is waiting in Miami where her father waits with some tough questions. Finally, Nick travels to Montreal to reunite with Vanessa. Although her special needs adult students give him a big thumbs up, things don’t go quite so well with her big Italian family, especially after her father drops a bomb about Nick that has Vanessa questioning their relationship. Just as Nick gets ready to make the gut-wrenching decision to send one woman home, he gets a surprise visitor, who could change everything, on ‘The Bachelor,’ MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Bill Matlock/ABC via Getty Images)
NICK VIALL, RACHEL

THE BACHELOR -‘Episode 2108’ – Corinne, Rachel, Raven and Vanessa are left in Bimini, still shocked that Nick sent Kristina home before the rose ceremony. They wonder if they still will get a coveted hometown date from the unpredictable Bachelor. But with the stakes being so high, Nick will go on an emotionally charged journey to visit these final four women’s hometowns. Raven meets him in Hoxie, Arkansas, and cute couple have some great, sexy fun, but Raven’s father reveals some serious news. Then, it is on to Dallas where Rachel and Nick confront the challenges that might meet an interracial couple. Corinne is waiting in Miami where her father waits with some tough questions. Finally, Nick travels to Montreal to reunite with Vanessa. Although her special needs adult students give him a big thumbs up, things don’t go quite so well with her big Italian family, especially after her father drops a bomb about Nick that has Vanessa questioning their relationship. Just as Nick gets ready to make the gut-wrenching decision to send one woman home, he gets a surprise visitor, who could change everything, on ‘The Bachelor,’ MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Bill Matlock/ABC via Getty Images)
RACHEL

THE BACHELOR -‘Episode 2105’ – A vicious argument between Corinne and Taylor rages on just before the rose ceremony in Wisconsin. When the dust settles and the roses are all given out, two heartbroken women are sent home. However, for the remaining 13 bachelorettes, it’s on to one of the great romantic cities in the United States: New Orleans. Nick’s first one-on-one date in the Big Easy provides combustible chemistry as the couple sightsees, dances and goes to a Lolo concert. Ten bachelorettes join Nick for a thrill-a-thon as they visit an allegedly haunted plantation where a resident ghost makes her presence felt. Two arch rivals prepare to face off in the dreaded two-on-one date. Tensions are high as they head to NOLA’s mystical bayou. Which woman is stranded in the swamp, and which gets the rose? The evening ends with another abrupt surprise for both Nick and his date, on ‘The Bachelor,’ MONDAY, JANUARY 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Mark Coffey/ABC via Getty Images)
RACHEL, NICK VIALL

THE BACHELOR -‘Episode 2105’ – A vicious argument between Corinne and Taylor rages on just before the rose ceremony in Wisconsin. When the dust settles and the roses are all given out, two heartbroken women are sent home. However, for the remaining 13 bachelorettes, it’s on to one of the great romantic cities in the United States: New Orleans. Nick’s first one-on-one date in the Big Easy provides combustible chemistry as the couple sightsees, dances and goes to a Lolo concert. Ten bachelorettes join Nick for a thrill-a-thon as they visit an allegedly haunted plantation where a resident ghost makes her presence felt. Two arch rivals prepare to face off in the dreaded two-on-one date. Tensions are high as they head to NOLA’s mystical bayou. Which woman is stranded in the swamp, and which gets the rose? The evening ends with another abrupt surprise for both Nick and his date, on ‘The Bachelor,’ MONDAY, JANUARY 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Mark Coffey/ABC via Getty Images)
RACHEL, NICK VIALL

THE BACHELOR -‘Episode 2105’ – A vicious argument between Corinne and Taylor rages on just before the rose ceremony in Wisconsin. When the dust settles and the roses are all given out, two heartbroken women are sent home. However, for the remaining 13 bachelorettes, it’s on to one of the great romantic cities in the United States: New Orleans. Nick’s first one-on-one date in the Big Easy provides combustible chemistry as the couple sightsees, dances and goes to a Lolo concert. Ten bachelorettes join Nick for a thrill-a-thon as they visit an allegedly haunted plantation where a resident ghost makes her presence felt. Two arch rivals prepare to face off in the dreaded two-on-one date. Tensions are high as they head to NOLA’s mystical bayou. Which woman is stranded in the swamp, and which gets the rose? The evening ends with another abrupt surprise for both Nick and his date, on ‘The Bachelor,’ MONDAY, JANUARY 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Mark Coffey/ABC via Getty Images)
NICK VIALL, RACHEL

THE BACHELOR -Episode 2103 – After Nick drops a bomb, sending Liz home, and comes clean to the rest of the women about his romantic tryst with her, he is anxious that some of them will decide to leave. There are those ladies who decide to give him a piece of their mind about the situation, but one bachelorette has some other outrageous plans for Nick. After the rose ceremony, three women are questioning why they were let go. In one of the most outrageous date-card deliveries ever, The Backstreet Boys pay a visit to the Bachelor Mansion, looking for the seven lucky bachelorettes that get their dream date. Nick takes one stunning woman on a date that is strictly out of this world – on a Zero G plane. An energized Nick invites seven ladies to join him and three celebrated Olympians – Carl Lewis, Allyson Felix and Michelle Carter – who will help train the women to compete in the Nickathalon. More surprises are in store for the remaining women, and Nick, who once again incurs the ire of his potential soul mates by his uber-sensual behavior, on The Bachelor, MONDAY, JANUARY 16 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
RACHEL, DOMINIQUE

THE BACHELOR – Episode 2101 – What do a dolphin-loving woman, a successful businesswoman who runs her parents multi-million -dollar flooring empire;, a bachelorette, who is hiding a big secret about her past involving Nick, and a no-nonsense Southern belle, who has Nick in her cross-hairs for a big country wedding, all have in common? They all have their sights set on making the Bachelor, Nick Viall, their future husband when the much-anticipated 21th edition of ABC’s hit romance reality series, ‘The Bachelor,’ premieres, MONDAY, JANUARY 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
NICK VIALL, RACHEL

THE BACHELOR – When Bachelorette Andi Dorfman said goodbye to Nick Viall just as he was preparing to pick out a ring for her, he was devastated. When Nick walked up to Kaitlyn Bristowe with an engagement ring in his pocket, only to be sent home, he was crushed. How could one man endure so much heartbreak? If you believe that what doesnt kill you makes you stronger, Nick Viall, 35, a technology salesman from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is back stronger than ever, ready and eager to begin his search for true love on the 21st season of ABCs hit romance reality series The Bachelor, premiering on MONDAY, JANUARY 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Mitch Haaseth/ABC via Getty Images)
RACHEL

THE BACHELOR – Episode 2101 – What do a dolphin-loving woman, a successful businesswoman who runs her parents multi-million -dollar flooring empire;, a bachelorette, who is hiding a big secret about her past involving Nick, and a no-nonsense Southern belle, who has Nick in her cross-hairs for a big country wedding, all have in common? They all have their sights set on making the Bachelor, Nick Viall, their future husband when the much-anticipated 21th edition of ABC’s hit romance reality series, ‘The Bachelor,’ premieres, MONDAY, JANUARY 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
NICK VIALL, RACHEL

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Lindsay also recalled a moment when she was sitting with fellow contestant Astrid Loch and saw an “arts and crafts” book that Vanessa Grimaldi, 31, was planning to show Viall on a one-on-one date. She noted: “Astrid and I were flipping through it and I go, ‘This bitch is gonna win.’ That was the second week.”

While the Dancing With the Stars alum did end up proposing to Grimaldi in the end, he said he “had a real connection” with both Lindsay and Raven Gates, who was the runner-up.

“I really liked a lot of things about you guys and there was [sic] a lot of attributes that both of you had,” Viall told the Texas-based lawyer on the podcast. “[I thought], ‘I would really like this in my relationship.’”

Us Weekly confirmed that Viall and Grimaldi called off their engagement in August 2017, five months after the proposal aired on television. “We gave this relationship our all and we are saddened that we did not get the fairy-tale ending we hoped for,” they said in a joint statement at the time.

Lindsay, meanwhile, went on to become the season 13 Bachelorette and got engaged to Bryan Abasolo on the show’s finale, which aired in August 2016. The duo are now planning a summer 2019 “destination” wedding and told Us exclusively that she currently has one thing at the forefront of her mind — her outfit!

“I gotta get the wedding dress!” Lindsay told Us last month. “I wanna work with Randi Rahm, who did my dresses on the show. I have to get to New York to get a fitting. And that’s, like, immediate. I want my mom there, I want Bryan’s mom there — that’s the most immediate thing.”

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