The retired pro soccer player notes he doesn’t think Clare, 39, has lingering feelings for him “at all.” JP’s season is reairing on Monday, September 7, as part of the Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons Ever series, but fans have already seen a lot of clips of his journey to find love via promos for The Bachelorette.
On September 2, a teaser video for season 16 showed various scenes of Juan Pablo and Clare’s dramatic breakup while KeKe Palmer sang Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.”
“Interesting PROMO of @Clare_Crawley and [this] season of @BacheloretteABC. [Six] years LATER and I know WHO is the Juan that can’t get OVER Juan … Would LOVE if you take a GUESS?” the former leading man tweeted about the clip.
However, he tells Life & Style he’s “not annoyed at all” over their relationship being used. “I had to let her go, and I feel bad she was not able to understand that,” he adds. “I will always think that she had to respect my decision and not reply about not wanting her kids to have a father like me. I believe that was very disrespectful, but I understand she didn’t like my decision.”
The Venezuelan stud is referencing their split during his final rose ceremony, which aired in 2014. “I thought I knew what kind of man you were,” the hairstylist told the Miami native. “I lost respect for you. … What you just made me go through — I would never want my children having a father like you.”
The tense moment came on the heels of JP whispering something to Clare during a helicopter ride, which was not captured on camera or their microphones, that made the former contestant extremely upset.
“He chose to tell me something that no woman wants to hear,” the Sacramento native said during a private interview at the time. “That he doesn’t know me and some sexual thing I don’t want to repeat. It was insulting and it was offensive.” She did not dish what was exactly said to her, but she was clearly disgusted by his behavior.
The reality pair have gone their separate ways for good. Juan Pablo is currently in Italy and has a management company that “represents athletes, singers and actors.” He’s also raising his 11-year-old daughter, Camila, who was actually the one who told him his season was airing again.
Will Juan Pablo ever return to the franchise? He says Bachelor in Paradise has asked him to come on “many of their seasons.” He cheekily notes, “I told them that [creator] Mike Fleiss’ check had to be very big in order for me to go, and I had to approve the editing. So, I guess they didn’t like the conditions LOL.”
It doesn’t look like JP and Clare will be making amends anytime soon, but they’re both happily doing their own thing.
Reporting by Diana Cooper