Juan Pablo Galavis has opened up on why he did not propose to The Bachelor winner Nikki Ferrell on the show’s finale as is the custom, insisting that viewers misunderstood his plans for her … and that he is ‘not the bad guy’, as many have assumed.
The controversial reality star told People that he chose not to propose to Ferrell in the finale because they had not known each other well enough.
‘You go on [the show] thinking if there is the connection, you propose. But I don’t feel there’s a need to propose to somebody if I don’t feel 100 percent,’ he tells the magazine. ‘I didn’t know Nikki. I want to know more, a lot more.’
Agreeing, Ferrell adds, ‘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. What’s going to keep us together is having a real relationship. I’d rather have him propose when he feels it’s right.’
That settled, Pablo goes ahead to defend himself against the widespread criticism trailing him both from the show and outside, insisting that many people just saw a ‘character on TV’ and not the real Juan Pablo.
‘It’s hard because [viewers] saw a character on TV. At lot of things about me were not shown. I’m not a bad guy. People who know me, know who I am.’
He also expressed his disappointment with the way runner-up Clare Crawley reacted by saying, ‘I would never want my children having a father like you’ when he dumped her on the finale, saying that her reaction only served to assure him that he didn’t make any mistake.
‘It was very tough for me to say goodbye to Clare, but she made it easier with her reaction. She was expecting me to propose, I get it, but you don’t have to come at me like that,’ he says. ‘It was childish. She disappointed me.’
Now that the show is over, Pablo says it’s time for him and Ferrell to start over.
‘It’s our start now,’ he says. ‘We can get to know each other fully. We’re not in a rush.’