updated 03/15/2011 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 03/15/2011 AT 12:05 PM ET
Bachelor fans saw Texas bar owner Brad Womack gently let down Seattle executive assistant Chantal O’Brien on the season finale Monday night so that he could propose to single mom Emily Maynard.
But the adventurous 28-year-old O’Brien was confused by the dismissal, leaving a puddle of tears behind in South Africa. PEOPLE spoke to O’Brien, who happily reports she’s back in Seattle and “in a really good place.”
It was sad watching you leave on the finale.
I’m doing a lot better! What you saw on the finale, I had just gotten my heart broken. There I was thinking this is someone I could have a future with and they didn’t want to be with me. It broke my heart. But in the time since then I’ve had time to heal and move forward.