Juan Pablo Galavis, the star of “The Bachelor,” said in a recent interview that the recent criticism levelled at him for not proposing to winner Nikki Ferrell is unjustified.
The 32-year-old reportedly said that he is “not a bad guy,” after he gave the final rose to Ferrell adding that “people who know me, know who I am.”
Explaining his reason for not proposing to Ferrell, he said in an interview with People magazine: “You go on 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%. I didn't know Nikki. I want to know more, a lot more,” he added.
The 26-year-old winner supported Galavis’ decision: “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,” Ferrell told the magazine.
Galavis, father of a 5-year-old daughter, Camila, shared a video on his Twitter account, dedicating it to Ferrell as he wrote: “Amor @Nikki_Ferrell, glad that we stay TRUE to ourselves and we are REAL... This is for YOU..”
The former soccer player added clips from the time he spent with Ferrell during the ABC series and some snapshots in the three-and-a-half minute long video, which looks similar to the one he had dedicated to his ex-girlfriend, Carla Rodriguez, in 2009.
"[They] are co-parents and have a great relationship," an insider had told Us Weekly, and added that Rodriguez attends "some of Juan Pablo's family functions with Camila." The two have reportedly been in a close relationship since their split in 2010.
Galavis has recently been criticized by the show’s producers, contestants and even host, Chris Harrison, calling him the “worst Bachelor ever.”
Harrison wrote on a blog Tuesday that he believed Galavis and Ferrell “are in love and happy.” He denied speculation about disliking Galavis, but admitted that, “From the beginning something just didn't seem right and something didn't fit.”
Check out the 2009 video dedicated by Juan Pablo to his ex-girlfriend here: