Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth ready to be a normal couple

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

NEW YORK (AP) — Now that they're finally engaged, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth are ready to go on their first real-world date.

The bachelorette and her chosen fiancé are now able to live their love away from TV cameras after Monday night's "The Bachelorette" finale on ABC. Bristowe chose the 29-year-old personal trainer as her one true love.

Bristowe said the couple will go on their first real date Tuesday night. "We were counting down the Mondays until we could get to this point and we are finally here so we are just going to enjoy it," Booth said.

Twenty-five other men competed to woo the 30-year-old former dance instructor in the 11th season of the reality dating competition.

She accepted Booth's marriage proposal during the finale saying, "I never want you to question what we have ever again because I am completely yours."

It was speculated that Booth had won after a Snapchat video of him and Bristowe in bed was accidently shared and quickly deleted in June. Bristowe said it was a regrettable mistake to spoil the show for viewers but it was a smaller ordeal than they expected.

"We just kind of skimmed over and didn't acknowledge it," Bristowe said.

Many bachelor and bachelorette couples have broken up in the pressure of the public eye, but Booth said: "We are not worried about it at all, you know, we don't think about the other couples at all or anything like that. We are just focused on our relationship and what we have and we feel so strong about it."

Bristowe faced public criticism after she confessed to Booth that she had sexual relations with runner-up Nick Viall during the competition. She has previously said she's not ashamed of her action because she is an adult women having sex.

"It was brutal," Booth said about the criticism. "It was very hard to sit back and keep my mouth closed."

The couple said they hope to stay out of the public eye and plan to move to Vancouver or Nashville to get a house. "We are going to go to my hometown and go to his and just take it as it comes and in a couple months talk about marriage," Bristowe said.