Nick Viall had jaws dropping and social media all a-flutter during “The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose” reunion when he revealed that he and Andi had sex in the fantasy suite. It came up because Andi said she was never in love with Nick and he responded, “If you never loved me, why did you make love with me?”
Viewers were very divided about that statement, with many (including Josh Murray) calling it a classless move, while others thought Nick raised a good point. We also had to wonder if the tables were turned, gender-wise, would this even be an issue? But either way, Nick tells the press that he was caught off guard at how cold Andi was toward him at the reunion and the sex remark just kind of came out. He had no prior plans to ask her about their intimate night together.
“What I was more surprised about is how she said [she never loved me], and I was more taken aback by how cold she seemed, even from when she first came out,” says Viall. “I was more surprised about that.”
“She certainly made me feel [like she loved me] and when it was aired, when she ended things in the relationship, I was very surprised and shocked,” he continues. “One thing I said to her was there was that moment when I told her I loved her in the ocean and her initial response was to throw her head back in frustration and say, ‘I wish I could say things back.’ She certainly made me feel very much, when it was all happening, that she did feel that way about me. It wasn’t necessarily her answer [during the reunion], because she’s in a serious relationship with Josh and she wants to be respectful of that, but I was surprised at just how cold it came across.”
Many viewers also wondered if perhaps Nick wouldn’t have mentioned the sex had Andi agreed to see him privately before the “After the Final Rose” reunion, which is something Nick says he wishes had happened.
“I definitely wish I would have had that opportunity in private to have that conversation,” says Viall. “I did not go into last night in any way expecting [the sex] to come up or ask her. And again, I think I was just so caught off guard by her demeanor and then that lack of empathy — to me, it wasn’t necessarily about the sex but the level of intimacy about that night and given the situation at the time, we both knew she couldn’t say things back and I made it very clear to her where I was in my feelings for her and what something like that meant to me.”
He continues, “Again, I was more surprised by what seemed to me [how she was] very cavalier about that, and I was so caught off guard and it just kind of came out.”
“If I have regrets, I didn’t want in any way to humiliate her or make her feel that way and I feel very sorry if she did feel that way, that makes me sad,” Viall adds. “It is a conversation I wanted to have … and unfortunately, that was my only opportunity to do that. But it’s nothing in a million years I would have planned.”
Viall also says he’s just “trying to move forward” with his life. He’s not sure he’d want to be the next “Bachelor” if asked, but he does say that “anybody would be incredibly flattered to be considered.”