Being The Bachelorette isn’t easy. So when former star Ali Fedotowsky got a chance to meet Rachel Lindsay before her season began, Ali tells Life & Style exclusively that she wanted to give her some advice.

“I told her to enjoy it, because I didn’t,” Ali, 32, reveals. “I cried all the time and I was pouty-faced all the time, so I told her, ‘Try to enjoy it.’”

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Ali also encouraged Rachel, 32, to break the rules a little. “I told her to sneak in a cell phone,” Ali admits. “Producers would kill me if they knew I told her that. But you’re cut off from communication with the outside world, so I said, ‘Sneak in a phone!’”

“Rachel is the best,” Ali adds of her fellow Bachelorette. “I think she’s doing an incredible job, and I’m excited that she found love.”

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