Bachelor Juan Pablo Galvais has made attempts to repair his image after his controversial behavior on the show and its finale caused audiences to turn against him.
Called the "sleaziest" bachelor by former The Bachelorette contestant Jef Holm and "the worst bachelor ever" by a show insider, Pablo left audiences increasingly unimpressed as season eighteen of The Bachelor progressed.
The 32-year-old dad and former soccer player made comments perceived as anti-gay and anti-disability, made a sexually inappropriate comment to runner-up contestant Clare Crawley as she exited the show, and stunned audiences in the series finale when he asked contestant Nikki Ferrell to accept the final rose, but did not propose.
Pablo's behavior in the finale was the tipping point for many viewers, who took to Twitter to express their disgust. Former Bachelorette Jillian Harris tweeted:
Ugh. I don't even know what to think about that #bachelor finale. My heart hurts a little for everyone on that season right now.— Jillian Harris (@jillianharris) March 11, 2014
Modern Family actress Sarah Hyland chimed in.
I knew from day 1. I HATE #JuanPablo sooo much. I feel awful for every girl, including the one with the final rose.— Sarah Hyland (@Sarah_Hyland) March 11, 2014
Galvais and girlfriend Nikki Ferrell have since taken to social media to defend their relationship and declare their love for one another. Pablo posted a video for Ferrell on Twitter, and later tweeted that, "Having a PRIVATE relationship doesn't mean we CAN'T post or say what WE want instead of what SOMEONE ELSE wants..."
Ferrell has also spoken out on social media, and posted a picture on her Instagram Tuesday with the quote, "You can't rush something you want to last forever."
Galvais and Ferrell are currently dating, but no plans for a wedding have been made.