Nick Viall got his heart broken twice on TV, but he’s not letting that keep him from moving on with his life.
But does that life involve a third stint on Reality Television?
We caught up with the two-time Bachelorette runner-up at a benefit for Linda’s Voice, an organization that helps victims of domestic abuse, on Tuesday. It was Nick’s first major appearance since the finale, where Kaitlyn Bristowe picked Shawn Booth over him.
Nick talked to us EXCLUSIVELY about his experience on the show!
“I don’t have any regrets. I think things happen for a reason. As heartbroken as I was, Kaitlyn made the best decision for everyone involved. At the same time, that hasn’t changed who I am as a person. It hasn’t stopped me about being passionate about things I believe in. And the next thing that I believe in that’s a risk, I’m still going to go for it.”
But could this “next thing” be another round with The Bachelor franchise?
“I think from The Bachelor standpoint, I think that ship has probably sailed. I wish Ben (Higgins) the best!”
He may be happy for Ben H., but was Nick ever in line for the role?
“There were some conversations. Honestly, I think it’s something I strongly considered, but at the end of the day they thought Ben was the best option. Ben is one of those few people that lives up to the hype. He’s a sweet, genuine guy. I think he is open to the possibility of love and serious about the process. And that’s all you can really be. The only advice I gave him when we got together is go for it and not be afraid to be yourself and what people think.”
We couldn’t let Nick slip by without asking him whether he would’ve outed Kaitlyn for having sex with him the same way he did with Andi Dorfmann had Kaitlyn not told Shawn.
“What happened to Andi wasn’t the best platform. My intentions weren’t to call her out in any way. I thought it was very courageous of Kaitlyn to be someone who was willing to talk about sex, because as a society we’re a little bit behind the 8 ball about being open about talking about sex. I give her a lot of credit for that. Unfortunately, she got a lot of feedback for that.”
What a nice answer!
And as for the future, it’s looking pretty good… literally. Nick just signed with Wilhelmina Models!
Hope to see you on our TVs soon, Nick!
[Image via The Bachelorette/ABC.]