Love has changed Nikki Ferrell. Since falling for Juan Pablo Galavis on season 18 of The Bachelor, the 26-year-old pediatric nurse has stood happily by her man, even as critics have questioned her relationship with the Venezuelan single father. But some who know her say it's not her style to sit idly by.
"Knowing her like I do, I'm surprised Nikki acted like everything was fine during After the Final Rose," her ex-boyfriend Ryan McDill says in the new issue of Us Weekly, referring to the post-finale special in which Ferrell told Bachelor host Chris Harrison that Galavis had not yet told her he loves her. (McDill dated the reality star for a year until last July.)
"She normally wouldn't take that s--t from a guy," he adds. "The Nikki I know would have slapped him and walked out."
That version of her was pre-Bachelor, though. And friends of Galavis say he tends to cast a spell over the girls he's with. Says one source to Us, "Girls who date Juan do what he wants."
For much more on the couple's romance -- including pals' predictions about what's in store for the two, plus why one source thinks Ferrell should proceed with caution -- pick up the new issue of Us Weekly.