Fans of The Bachelor were left in a pit of confusion and disappointment after viewing Monday night’s finale to the controversial 18th season of the reality TV show.
Juan Pablo Galavis ended the series on a sour note, choosing Nikki Ferrell but not proposing, and somehow managing to offend runner-up Clare Crawley so much that she nearly left the series on her own.
Now, the Venezuelan reality TV star is setting the record straight. Or, at least, telling his side of the story. And several of the ladies (and host Chris Harrison!) have their own versions to share as well.
“You go on [The Bachelor] thinking if there is the connection, you propose,” Galavis told People in his only interview since the show ended. “But I don’t feel there’s a need to propose to somebody if I don’t feel 100 percent. I don’t know Nikki. I want to know more, a lot more.”
And Ferrell? Well, the 27-year-old nurse from Kansas City is just happy to be his girlfriend.
“Had he gotten down on one knee, I absolutely would have said yes. But having a ring on my finger wouldn’t stop us from breaking up,” she told the magazine. “What’s going to keep us together is having a real relationship. I’d rather have him propose when he feels it’s right.”
So what’s next for the couple? Galavis plans to stay in Miami with his daughter, Camila, and Ferrell has her job as a pediatric nurse keeping her in Kansas City. Despite the distance, they want to make it work.
“It’s our start now,” he said. “We can get to know each other fully. We’re not in a rush.”
The two seem to be enjoying their newfound freedom. They both took to Instagram to share images from their first "real" one-on-one date. Galavis posted a selfie of the two with the caption "We are FREE."
Unfortunately, not all of the women are as happy with the outcome as his amor, Ferrell.
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