Bachelor star Chris Soules gave his opinion on several topics during his first interview following his split with Whitney Bischoff, including his thoughts on Nick Viall’s return on The Bachelorette, why his relationship with Bischoff didn’t work out, and why he would never do The Bachelor again.
During his interview on The Dan Patrick Show, Soules said that his engagement on The Bachelor was “technically” real but admitted that being together in real life is more complicated.
“Well, we got engaged on the show. I mean technically yeah [on whether the engagement was real]. She had the ring, the whole nine yards. We tried to make it work. We tried to figure things out in the real world. It’s much different in the real world than it is on TV, you know, on a television show. You kind of get the opportunity to, you know, actually, experience real-life together,” Soules said.
“They don’t pressure you to do it [get engaged]. I think the whole experience itself lends itself to like making you feel like you want to do that. And at the end of course there’s the final rose and, you know, it’s a really weird experience and it’s hard to explain unless you’ve been through it,” he added.
While Soules didn’t get into the details of the breakup, he did have nice things to say about his ex-fiancee.
“Well, there really is not much to say. I mean it was a relationship. She’s a great person and she’ll be a friend for the rest of my life and I’ll always care about her,” he said of Bischoff. “Just didn’t work out. It was two people that were mature and went into a weird situation, came out, tried to make it work.”
Aside from his love life, Soules also talked about Nick Viall, yet another controversial topic among Bachelorette fans these days. Viall competed with Soules for Andi Dorfman on The Bachelorette season 10 and then made his reality TV comeback on The Bachelorette season 11 to compete for Kaitlyn Bristowe.
“Nick is an interesting guy,” Soules said. “And he really seems to enjoy being, and wanting to continue to be, on The Bachelor franchise and, I mean, I don’t know. I don’t understand…If I was those guys, I would be very irritated to know that he’s back on the show…that’s a tough pill to swallow by the other contestants.”
After his stint on The Bachelor, Soules competed on Dancing with the Stars season 20 and recently joined the cast of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition on Food Network. While he seems to enjoy his time in the limelight, the 33-year-old reality TV star is not keen on finding love again as the next Bachelor.
“No. I’m glad I did it. It was a great experience but, you know, that chapter has past in my life and, you know, it’s a lot of pressure. It’s very intense. If you’re truly there to find someone, which I was, it’s a lot of emotional ups and downs. And it’s hard,” Soules revealed.
And despite his upcoming reality TV gig, Soules still claims that farming in Iowa will always be his first love.
“I really enjoy what I do [in Iowa.] I am trying to make the most out of the opportunities that now I’m having. It’s fun to come to New York, but I’m always glad when I get back there and get back to normal life. That’s just me being honest. I don’t live in Iowa because I want to live in Iowa, I live in Iowa because I love what I do there,” he said.
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