Yep, Clare Crawley dodged a bullet. Several bullets! On the Monday, March 10 season 18 finale of The Bachelor, Juan Pablo Galavis passed on Crawley, 32, in favor of pediatric nurse Nikki Ferrell -- although the not-so-charming former soccer stud declined to propose to Ferrell, 26, or even tell her "I love you."
"I would never want my children having a father like you," hairstylist Crawley fumed at Galavis, 32, after he delivered his verdict. Where did it all go wrong for the pair? Two words: Helicopter date. During Juan and Clare's final one-on-one, they soared in a helicopter above St. Lucia. Cameras showed Juan whispering something in her ear.
"I'm shocked," Clare later says. "He chose to tell me something that no woman wants to hear. That he doesn't know me and some sexual thing I don't want to repeat. It was insulting and it was offensive."
So, ahem, what did he say?! "He said, 'I love f---ing you but I don't know you,'" a source confirm.
"She's totally over him," the source continues. "She is done with him and relieved that they are not together."With the microphones off during a helicopter ride on their Last Chance date, the Miami-based stud told Clare: 'I love f****ing you but I don't know you 'according to an source. ‘Juan Pablo leaned over and whispered something to me,’ Clare recalled to viewers after the date. ‘But what I thought was going to be sweet, kind, loving words was not what came out of his mouth. And I’m just... shocked.’ Fighting back tears, she said: ‘I don't have words for it, how I feel right now. He chose to tell me something that no woman wants to hear. That he really doesn't know me and some sexual thing I don't want to repeat. It was insulting and it was offensive.'
'He's not the man I thought he was': It was during Juan Pablo's last date with Clare that he shocked her by whispering to her that he 'loved f***ing' her
Faux pas: Juan Pablo claimed not to remember what he said to Clare during the helicopter ride
But there were audible gasps from the studio audience when Clare forgave Juan Pablo after a confrontation in his hotel room where he denied all knowledge of the comment,
'Tell me, remind me,' he said, before sweet talking her, adding that she clearly 'got him wrong.'
Later, during her live After The Final Rose studio interview, Clare said she regretted her actions.
'I should have left,' she told Harrison, admitting she stayed because she was still hopeful that she could find love, marriage and even babies with her reality beau. 'I went into this with rose-coloured glasses,' she confessed.
'That is not a man': The jilted beauty told the Bachelor it was 'easy to just kiss and show your feelings' before adding that he is 'not the man I thought you were'
Radar described the programme as 'the most uncomfortable ever' while Us Weekly declared Clare 'dodged a bullet' in narrowly becoming Juan Pablo's chosen girl. Entertainment Weekly even went so far as declaring him a 'sexist, egotistical, hypocritical bigot.'
Luckily, in the live studio chat which followed the final, the audience were spared a terse joint interview between Clare and Juan Pablo, but worse was to come when he and Nikki took the couch.
Juan Pablo had opted not to propose to Nikki - a 26-year-old paediatric nurse from Kansas City, Missouri - due to not being '100 per cent sure,' and instead of loving platitudes, had told her: 'I like you a lot.
'I have a ring here in my pocket... but I’m not gonna use it': The shock finale of ABC's The Bachelor on Monday night saw Nikki Ferrell chosen by Juan Pablo Galavis... but not to be his wife
Sealed with a kiss: Unfortunately for Nikki, that was all she was getting
‘I like you a lot. Will you accept my final rose?’ Nikki didn't get quite the proposal she was hoping for, with Juan Pablo only offering a rose at the conclusion of the journey to find love