Jason Tartick is getting real about life without his final rose.
Earlier in August, Jason and his fellow Bachelor nation alum Kaitlyn Bristowe announced they'd broken up two years after becoming engaged, and over four years into their relationship. Now, the 34-year-old is opening up about his headspace since the split and the people—or in one case, the animals—he's come to rely on for support.
"Kaitlin has been in L.A. working this week, so I've been lucky enough to have the boys with me," he said on the Aug. 22 episode of his podcast Trading Secrets, referring to their dogs, Ramen and Pinot. "It has been just a true blessing. I just think through this time, it comes down to relationships, friendships, and those who are around you. And even though Ramen and Pinot are animals and pets, they're best friends to me, and just having them with me has been amazing. I've leaned on them harder than I've ever in my life ever leaned on my support system."
He also described what he's learned about grief while mourning the loss of his relationship.
"What I've just realized is that there's no timeline on handling grief," he explained. "And there's times where you have these just tidal waves of depression, but then there are these times where like you feel lifted and you feel good again."
And while he said he has been managing extreme lows in the last few months, he feels that things are slowly starting to look up.
"I feel like today and yesterday, it's probably the first two days in a really really, really long time, months and months that the highs are outweighing the lows," he added. "And I feel fortunate saying this at 34, but the grief that I have experienced in the last like few months is the hardest grief I've ever experienced in my life. But, I'm just giving myself a lot of attention, my mental health a lot of attention. So, little baby steps and we're getting there."
For her part, Kaitlyn has shared her struggles in the wake of her split with her fiancé—one of the chief among them being deciding how much she wishes to share on social media.
"I'm going through a breakup with someone I was engaged to," the 38-year-old explained on the Aug. 8 episode of her Off the Vine podcast. "Now, we both are public figures, we both came from the same show. We have all these followers who we've let in, and we've invited them into our lives and our relationship and our home and what we're doing—morning, afternoon, night. It's become part of, like, business."
She added that it's "gotten to this point where something like going through a breakup—it's a loss, it's grief, you're going through the thought of losing somebody, all of these big emotions—and now these people are on the other end of this phone expecting you to share it with them."
Jason and Kaitlyn announced their breakup on Aug. 6 through a joint statement shared to Instagram.
Though they did not share the reason for their split, the pair touched on their desire to maintain some sort of relationship, writing, "Continuing our friendship is incredibly important to both of us. We feel grateful to be ending our engagement with love and respect for each other. It's heartbreaking and sad to say goodbye, but our care and admiration for one another will never die."
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