Prince Farming is back in the spotlight! Bachelor Chris Soules opened up to Us Weekly in an exclusive new interview on Thursday, Oct. 8, about life after The Bachelor, his subsequent split from fiancée Whitney Bischoff, and how life is much simpler for him as a single man on his farm in his native Iowa.
Soules, 33, and his final pick Bischoff, 29, announced this past May that they were breaking off their engagement just two months after fans watched Soules propose to the fertility nurse on the Season 19 finale of The Bachelor. Since then, the two have been leading separate lives — Soules on his family's farm in Arlington, Iowa, and Bischoff in Chicago. However, according to the man himself, the two are still pals.
"Absolutely," Soules tells Us. "We’re still friends and we catch up regularly. She’s doing great."
The Season 10 Bachelorette alum, fresh off planting season, recently partnered with the National Pork Board as a judge for America's Pig Farmer of the Year competition. "After going on the show I felt a sense of responsibility to be an advocate and a spokesman for agriculture," Soules tells Us. "Even though that really wasn’t second nature to me, I felt the popularity from the shows and the platform that I was given… was a great opportunity for me to actually speak to the fans that I have."
The former Bachelor, along with other judges, selected farmer Keith Schoettmer for the 2015 honor. "Not only is Keith a great farmer, he’s been married for 33 years," Soules tells Us. "He’s been giving me some dating advice, so we’re killing two birds with one stone."
Schoettmer's advice to Soules is apparently centered on commitment. "He has a great future," Schoettmer adds to Us. "Some nice lady will find a wonderful husband in Chris. I’m absolutely confident in that."
For now, Soules is focusing on his passion: agriculture and farming. "We're just beginning harvest, so that’s exciting," Soules tells Us of life back in Iowa. "We put all this work in all summer long and spring, and we finally get to go out and have that reward at the end of the year. It’s always exciting and it’s my favorite time of the year for a lot of reasons, whether it’s harvest weather, all those things are awesome in Iowa. I’m happy to be on the farm and not doing any reality television in the fall."
That includes Dancing With the Stars, which he competed on earlier this year following his stint on The Bachelor. Soules has been watching, though — and cheering for his former partner Witney Carson, who is dancing with Carlos PenaVega in Season 21. "I’m rooting for her 100 percent every week," he tells Us of the pro, who announced her engagement to her high school sweetheart, Carson Mcallister, this past week.
"Apparently she posted it on social media, and she knows that I don’t really pay that close attention to social media," Soules recalls of Carson's happy news. "So she texted me and let me know that she was engaged. I sort of called it. I told one of my friends she’d be engaged before the summer was over. Because I met her fiancée a month or so ago and I could tell he was the guy."
How did Soules know it was true love? "He’s an awesome guy, and she’s like a sister to me," he tells Us of Carson. "Somebody that I really got to know very, very well and so I could just see that there was a lot of chemistry there and I know that she was ready. And she’s known him for a long time prior to the engagement, they were dating in high school and they have a lot of history together, so it wasn’t like they just started dating either… I figured she’d be getting married this summer or getting engaged soon."
Meanwhile, Soules tells Us not to expect any big strides ahead in his own love life. "I’m single and doing my thing," Soules explains. "After dating 30 women and being engaged, I’m sort of taking a step back and trying to process things and get back into normal life. And then somebody will come along, I’m certain."
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