March 12th, 2014
02:10 PM ET
Juan Pablo Galavis may not be ready to walk down the aisle with Nikki Ferrell, the woman he chose on "The Bachelor," but that doesn't mean he doesn't care about her and it doesn't make him a bad guy, as he tells People magazine in this week's issue.
Juan Pablo poses with Nikki for the cover, and explains inside that he just wasn't ready to slip a ring on Nikki's finger.
"You go on ['The Bachelor'] thinking if there is the connection, you propose," Juan Pablo told the magazine in his only interview about his controversial "Bachelor" experience. "But I don't feel there's a need to propose to somebody if I don't feel 100 percent. I didn't know Nikki. I want to know more, a lot more."
From the look of a video he posted, Juan Pablo and Nikki are already pretty close. The 32-year-old former soccer pro dedicated the YouTube clip to his "amor" - yep, the "L" word he initially didn't want to say on camera - Nikki, adding that he's "glad that we stay TRUE to ourselves and we are REAL... This is for YOU."
The four-minute video recaps their meeting and eventual romance on the ABC reality show, which just may sate some fans who felt Juan Pablo left them hanging with his surprising finale decision and behavior during the post-show.
It's been difficult to see the reactions others have had to him, from the viewers at home to some of the contestants on the show.
"It's hard because (the viewers) saw a character on TV," Juan Pablo told People. "A lot of things about me were not shown. I'm not a bad guy. People who know me, know who I am."
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