Juan Pablo Galavis may spark a new debate with his final decision on "The Bachelor". In the season 18 finale aired on Monday, March 10, the soccer stud took Nikki Ferrell and Clare Crawley to meet his family before choosing one of them.
Clare was the first to meet Juan Pablo's family in St. Lucia. His father Saul gave his approval, telling Clare, "I love you" in Spanish. Juan Pablo's mother admitted her son was "sometimes very rude," and Clare said, "It made me cry." Still, Clare felt that "he gets me." She also told Juan Pablo's cousin, Rodolfo, that she's "falling in love."
Things, however, got awkward during their final date. Whisked on a helicopter, Clare claimed Juan Pablo whispered something offensive when they landed. "What I thought was going to be sweet, kind, loving words was not what came out of his mouth. And I was shocked," she said. "He chose to tell me something that no woman wants to hear. ... It was insulting. It was offensive and it just made me feel awful."
Clare later confronted Juan Pablo, saying that she would leave if he felt their relationship was "just a physical connection." He managed to convince her to stay, telling the camera, "We have had our ups and downs but I know that she could be the one. I just know it."
When Nikki met Juan Pablo's family, his mother thought, "She's very strong. If he chooses this girl, I think she is going to say 'yes.' " Nikki was confident that he would propose to her in a few days, while Juan Pablo was seemingly torn between the two. "Can I keep both?" he said to the camera.
For their final date, they had a boat ride. Nikki wanted to hear him say, "I love you," but he didn't. She admitted to Juan Pablo that "it's kind of scary," and he told her, "However it's gonna be, it's gonna be."
Before he left, Nikki gave him a photo of them kissing and a note that says, "I love you." He kissed her and said, "I'll see you tomorrow," leaving Nikki in tears.
When it's time for the final Rose Ceremony, Clare arrived first in a long turquoise dress. Calling her "such an amazing woman," Juan Pablo said, "I got to follow what I think is best for me and I have to say goodbye to you." He tried to hug her but she pushed him away.
Clare was clearly upset as she told him before leaving, "I lost respect for you." She added, "I saved this moment for the man of my dreams and I thought that was you... What you just made me go through - I would never want my children having a father like you." His response was, "Whew! I'm glad I didn't pick her!"
Nikki later showed up in a blue dress with a thigh high slit. She spoke first, telling him, "I want you to be a part of my life. I've never felt like this before. ... I've waited a long time for this. ... I can't imagine spending my life without you. ... I love you."
Juan Pablo said, "Nikki, I love so many things about you. ... You're like me, very honest. ... It's been a perfect time every time I've been with you." He continued, "I have a ring in my pocket, but I'm not 100% sure that I want to propose to you. But I'm 100% sure I don't want to let you go. I like you a lot."
He asked her if she would accept his final rose and she answered, "Absolutely." They kissed and he lifted her up.
During the "After the Final Rose" special, Clare couldn't hide her anger. She didn't want to meet Juan Pablo and said before exiting, "I don't want to sit here on this couch and get fed any more b.s."
Juan Pablo entered later, explaining his relationship with Clare, "We had a roller coaster. We lived through it. It worked out the way it worked out. I have nothing bad to talk about Clare. She was there for a reason. I'm not the guy."
Juan Pablo returned backstage when Nikki came out. She said she's still in love with Juan Pablo, but when asked if he loved her, she said, "Um, I don't know." Though he didn't say it, Nikki said, "I know that he does. He wouldn't be here if he didn't care about me."
Juan Pablo then returned on stage and joined Nikki. He said they're "very happy," but refused to say if he loved her when pressed by host Chris Harrison. "I'm not going to answer that question. People don't understand that this is real life... We're very happy We're done with the show. We are so done. We are happy we had the opportunity.. .It's been tough. You have been boxing with me. It hasn't been easy. ... What I'm feeling with Nikki is fantastic," he reasoned.
Nikki defended him, saying, "It doesn't matter if we say we are or aren't. Time will tell."