08/03/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT
As viewers witnessed on Monday night's finale
's Ali Fedotowsky
followed her heart and confessed to Chris Lambton
she was “in love with somebody else,” sparing him the humiliation of asking for her hand in marriage. The mild-mannered Cape Cod, Mass., landscaper left Tahiti heartbroken, but not bitter. “She made the right choice for her and me as well,” Chris tells PEOPLE. "Everything happens for the right reason. That just means there's someone out there even better for me." Here’s what Chris had to say about Ali's choice Roberto
, love, friendship and the prospect of becoming the next Bachelor
. –Monica RizzoHow have you been since the finale wrapped?
I'm back in Dennis and landscaping with my dad and my brother. I'm enjoying this whirlwind tour I've been on and trying to get back to reality from reality, I guess.
It was sad to watch Ali let you go. But at the same time, it was very thoughtful of her to spare you of going through the motions of proposing.
I was blown away by how gracious she was doing that. If I had waited that whole night, got in my suit, picked out a ring and gone through all of that and gotten rejected the next day when she had her mind made up already ... I think that shows what an amazing person Ali really is. I told her that right after she broke up with me. I said, "Thank you for doing it today, not having us go on a date." If I had gone on a date with her I would have fallen more in love with her. So no hard feelings with her or Roberto?
Everyone is pitting Roberto against Chris and meanwhile the two of us are very good friends. We talk multiple times a week and I know the three of us will probably hang out a lot.
Are you dating anyone?
No. I just hang out with my friends. It’s kind of good to clear your head for a couple months and not think about anything, you know?You've got a lot of fans thanks to being on The Bachelorette.
People come up to me and they have nothing but positive things to say to me. "We love you, you are our favorite the whole season." I’m amazed by how many watch the show. People from from six to 86 recognize me – guys, girls. I can't believe how far this show goes. I went down to the beach for a swim with my brother and my Dad. I’m coming out of the water and all of a sudden like half the beach is surrounding me, taking pictures for like half an hour. My brother and father were laughing at me. I’m posing with babies and stuff. I’m not a celebrity and I cannot believe this is happening to me. It's very surreal.People really connected with you.
I think it's extremely sweet that have connected with me. I get letters in the mail. I call some of the back, I write some of the back. People are blown away when I actually call them and say, "Hey, this is Chris. Thank you very much for the letter." They go, "Oh my God, is it really you?" I love it!
Would you consider being the next Bachelor?
It's something that I'd have to think long and hard about. Just seeing myself on TV and talking about such personal things, it's really hard to see that and have know so much about me.
What would you like to say to all the who’ve supported you this season?
I just hope realize there are really good guys out there. Don't settle. Family comes first. Whether they're married or looking to get married, always put family first. Put family ahead of work, put family ahead of money, put family ahead of everything and if more did that then this would be a much better world. So many say they have taken away the family values we have and how we just love each other.
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