It’s almost time for Colton Underwood to find his future wife on this upcoming season of The Bachelor, but wait, it sounds like the former football player doesn’t think that the infamous dating show is meant to end in marriage. Huh?!

“Of course, you want it to end in marriage, [but] it’s for a proposal,” the 26-year-old told reporters on Jan. 3. “It’s typical to fall in love, and to find your person, to spend time developing a relationship and spending time on a relationship and on your personal life. And that’s exactly what I did.”

While the handsome hunk has not revealed whether or not he’s engaged, it has us thinking that maybe he didn’t end up getting down on one knee during the season finale.

“I wanted to make sure that I did things my way, and I know that sounds sort of brutal to say, but because there has been a format to this show, and there has been success attached, for a reason, but everybody loves differently,” he confessed. “Everybody goes through this process differently, and I’m included in that.”

Colton Underwood his women at the Bachelor mansion
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Of course, his virgin storyline has been played out over the last couple of months, but it sounds like the reality star is just fine when it comes to talking about risqué topics. “I think that’s what makes the The Bachelor so special…they’ve done such an unbelievable job [at] really pushing these relationships and pushing these individuals to talk about things that, in today’s society, they don’t want to share, they don’t want to open up about, because they’re afraid of being judged,” he revealed.

He continued, “People like me, who were afraid and closed off in the past, now I can open up, now, I can stand tall and be proud of who I am and really live my life and really start figuring out who I am and what I want out of life.”

Colton said that he’s “the happiest I’ve ever been.” Hmm, only a couple more days until we meet the women vying for his heart and we can’t wait to see what happens!