This is so sweet! In an interview exclusively with In Touch, The Bachelorette’s top-three finalist Eric Bigger revealed how he feels about Rachel Lindsay, despite being sent home after their fantasy suite date.

“I think I’ll always love Rachel,” Eric, 29, told In Touch. “She changed my life. Before going on the show, I had never been in love, and I think that is what my life was lacking. It’s in my spirit now.” He added, “It was a great experience for me. You live and you learn,” and there are no hard feelings between the two.

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The reality star took to Instagram to share his appreciation for the journey he shared with her. He wrote, “Mannn!!! What an amazing night full of love and joy!! Thank you, Rachel, for this life- changing journey you brought me through. I wish you nothing but success and the best!” He even commented on her new man — fiancé, Bryan Abasolo. “[Bryan] is a great guy and I pray for longevity and happiness for y’all partnership. It’s miracle season and it continues for myself, and the two of you as well. Stay true and be GREAT!!” Ugh, he’s the best.

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