As promised, “Bachelor” Juan Pablo Galavis wrote one final blog after last Monday’s Season 18 finale, defending his decision to withhold the engagement ring from his final rose recipient, Nikki Ferrell.
In the lengthy letter posted on People, the 32-year-old says the reason he didn’t make a great “Bachelor” is because he doesn’t like “drama,” which makes him a bad candidate for reality TV.
“When I was announced as ‘The Bachelor,’ Chris Harrison said, ‘In the history of this show, no guy has made a greater impact with less screen time.’ Have you thought about why people apparently liked me at the time? Why I didn’t have that much screen time?” Juan Pablo wrote, of his initial experience with the franchise, as a contestant on “The Bachelorette” alongside Desiree Hartsock. “Well, so you guys understand a little bit more, it is because of my honesty and that I don’t like drama at all – something that viewers appreciated from the little they saw of me on ‘The Bachelorette.’
“I believe my direct approach and honesty unfortunately ended up hurting some of the women and that was never my intention,” the blog continued. “I have always cared deeply about the women and have stayed true to myself and wanted to be respectful of them and not waste their time. I believe I have a different style than others who have been on this show.”
The polarizing TV personality said he is satisfied with his decision to not propose to Nikki, but looks forward to continuing to get to know her through the normal process of dating – not something rushed and staged for cameras.
“At the end of the day, all I want to be is happy and I found what I signed up for: I found mi catira (my blondie),” he wrote. “She’s the woman from ‘After the Final Rose’ that you saw as my girlfriend. Nikki has been that way to me for a few months already.”
As for whether he’d sign on as “The Bachelor” knowing what he now knows, JP issued a resounding “no.”
“I will always be thankful for the opportunity, but if you asked me to do it again, I would definitely say, “HELLLLL NOOOOO” jejejejeje,” he wrote.
-- Erin O’Sullivan