Nick Viall had been dating Jen Saviano on Bachelor in Paradise
, but since he was announced as the new Bachelor last week
, viewers knew there was no way the two were still together today. The question became: how did things end, and when?
Fans saw it all go down on the BIP season finale Tuesday night. Viall looked at rings with jeweler Neil Lane, but said he wasn’t sure he was ready to get engaged. As Saviano walked towards him on the beach in Mexico, viewers heard her declare her feelings. “I have never felt more connected to someone,” she said. “I’m ready to be a wife and a mother, and that’s what I want with Nick.”
Saviano told ET
the day before that she didn’t expect a proposal, but on the beach told Viall she’d fallen in love with him and wanted to continue their relationship.
Viall did not feel the same. “I felt like I wanted to say I was in love with you,” he told her through tears. “Something in my heart just said I can’t… I just feel like something’s telling me to say goodbye. I’m sorry… I just feel like you deserve better than me.”
His goodbye left Saviano feeling confused. “He just threw away something that could’ve been great,” she told cameras as she drove away. “It makes no sense.”
Viall explained further once alone in the car. “The scary part is feeling I'm incapable of saying ‘I love you’ to anyone,” he said. “Right now the biggest hurdle I have to get over is there's no guarantees, there's no assurances that anything will work out. Sometimes I just feel like my heart's in knots and I can't untie it. I've just got to figure out how I can do that again.”
Those sound like struggles befitting a new Bachelor! Thirty-five-year-old Viall will get the chance to figure it all out soon; casting for his season
of The Bachelor
Saviano made an appearance on After Paradise following the season finale, and weighed in on her ex being the Bachelor. “There’s definitely mixed emotions about that,” she said. “I’ve moved on and I’m doing good.”
Viall also tweeted about the finale, writing, “Not easy saying goodbye to someone as incredible as @jennifersaviano. So lucky to have had her in my life. She deserves the world.”
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