Juan Pablo Galavis Told Nikki Ferrell He Loves Her

Entertainment Apr. 4, 2014 AT 7:30PM

Ees amore, Bachelor nation! Juan Pablo Galavis finally uttered the three little words to Nikki Ferrell that fans have wanted to hear all along, a source tells Us Weekly.

The Bachelor star "has told her, 'I love you,'" the insider tells Us. "They Skype and text every day and are in constant contact," the source adds of the Miami-based sports consultant and Ferrell, a pediatric nurse in Kansas City, Missouri. 

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As viewers of the ABC reality romance series know, Juan Pablo refused to declare his love for Ferrell on the After the Final Rose special on March 10, which left fans and show contestants puzzled, if not outraged.

(During the special, Chris Harrison asked Galavis multiple times if he loves Ferrell. "I'm not going to answer that question," the Bachelor told Harrison. "People don't understand that this is real life...We are happy we had the opportunity.")

Since then, the couple has engaged in multiple PDA-filled outings and a more serious sit-down counseling session with Marriage Boot Camp duo Jim and Elizabeth Carroll. At Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City on March 29, Galavis told Us that things with his girlfriend were "fantastic."

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"They were kissing and he had his arm around her," one onlooker tells Us. "It was very touchy-feely."

Juan Pablo Galavis and Nikki Ferrell
Juan Pablo Galavis and Nikki Ferrell
Credit: Tom Briglia/FilmMagic

The Venezuelan native's schedule is about to get significantly busier with baseball season in full swing. "I will be traveling a lot," the Bachelor, who also recently helped welcome his new baby nephew on April 2, told Us at the event. 

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The dad to Camila said he may be getting closer to Ferrell soon -- in terms of proximity. "Perhaps we'll relocate to be near each other," he told Us. "We're talking about it."

For more details on Galavis' love life, watch this week's Hot Stuff video, as explained by Us Weekly's Entertainment Director Ian Drew and "Helluva Life" country singer Frankie Ballard.

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