If your girlfriend and your archrival decide to get engaged on national TV just moments after she broke your heart, wouldn't you be just a little bit upset?
Well, for Bachelorette star Nick Viall, this is the second time this has happened to him! We sat down with the second-place suitor on Wednesday to find out how he's handling life post-breakup, what he thinks about the After the Final Rose confrontation, and if he could be the next Bachelor.
ET caught up with Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe
and her brand-new fiancé
, Shawn Booth,
on Tuesday and the duo was almost a little too happy when talking about crushing Viall's heart
. "It's awkward when somebody wants to spend the rest of their life with you and you don't," Bristowe said with a laugh.
When Viall watched our interview with Bristowe and Booth mocking him, he was, understandably, a little hurt. "I mean, honestly, it was a little disappointing to see that," he said. "I think Shawn really enjoys my misfortune and I think that he's made that pretty clear."
"I wish them the best and they're probably best for each other," Viall said of his ex-girlfriend and former Bachelorette rival. "They seem to be on the same page, and sometimes when you're a couple, you know one person kind of morphs into the other one, maybe they've become more Shawn than more Kaitlyn."
As for when Bristowe rolled her eyes during their After the Final Rose confrontation, Viall revealed that he didn't see the facial diss when he was in the moment. "I didn't actually quite notice it until [afterwards] I heard about it," he explained. "It didn't make me feel great but you don't really know how she's going to come out, what her demeanor's going to be like. I guess I was hoping for a little bit more compassion."
On last year's After the Final Rose
special with Andi Dorfman
, Viall sent shockwaves through social media when he awkwardly revealed their off-screen sex
life. "If you weren't in love with me, I'm just not sure why you made love with me," Viall said at the time.
Now on this year's post-finale chat, Viall revealed he was looking for a "sincere" apology from Bristowe, but it was clear that the Bachelorette's walls were up. "I think she was hoping that I wouldn't ask any tough questions," he said.
"Quite honestly, I chose to leave some of the details about our relationship between her and I," he explained. "I knew I was going to ask the questions like, 'Why did you take it as far as you did?' and 'Why did you tell me you were in love with me all those times?' Truthfully I was really hoping that she wouldn't try to explain herself… I felt like I had the right to at least kind of ask what the heck she was thinking."
When asked if he was still in love with the brunette beauty, Viall was quick to squash any rumors. "No. I'll always care about Kaitlyn, and there's always things I'll love about her, but that trust was broken," he admitted. "I used that as momentum to accept her decision and realize that even though I thought she was the one, I realize she wasn't. So she's a great girl, but just as far as those feelings of being in love, certainly those have gone and I've moved on from that."
Looking back at his second run on The Bachelorette, Viall revealed that he does not have any regrets about following his heart and trying to propose. "I took a risk and I decided to trust the relationship and have confidence in it at the risk of getting my heart broken. I would rather be that person like I said than constantly questioning her and be a needy and insecure person," he said. (Oh snap! Was that a not-so-subtle jab at Shawn?)
Fans were shocked when the next Bachelor was not crowned on Monday's After the Final Rose
special, and many are wondering if Viall will knock frontrunner Ben Higgins
out of the race. "Obviously that question has come up a few times in the past couple days," Viall said. "I talked to [The Bachelor
producers] a little bit about it and I think they would be excited about it."
So would Viall say yes to being the next Bachelor? "I would obviously feel really lucky and fortunate to be considered and asked. It's such a cool opportunity and it's very flattering, but at the same time, there are no guarantees to even find someone," he said. "I would seriously consider it, but I have to talk to my family and friends."
Who would you like to see as the next Bachelor? Was Kaitlyn too harsh? Do you feel bad for Viall after his public break-up? Share your thoughts with @LeanneAguilera on Twitter using #ETnow!