Juan Pablo Galavis Used Nikki Ferrell to “Stay Relevant,” “Promote Himself”

Juan Pablo and Nikki Ferrell
A source tells Us Weekly that, prior to their split, Juan Pablo Galavis stayed in a relationship with Nikki Ferrell just to "stay relevant so he could promote himself" Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational

It sounds like Juan Pablo Galavis wasn't, as they say on The Bachelor, "in it for the right reasons." As Us Weekly exclusively reported on Monday, Oct. 27, the Venezuelan former soccer pro, 33, split from girlfriend Nikki Ferrell last week — and a source says he only stuck around that long because he wanted to capitalize on their 15 minutes of fame.

"The main reason Juan stayed with Nikki was to spite all the haters who thought they would break up, and to stay relevant so he could promote himself," the insider tells Us. "Juan wants to be a soccer or baseball commentator, and also a manager for high-profile Latin athletes."

Pediatric nurse Ferrell, on the other hand, seems to have been legitimately invested in their romance — but when he wouldn't meet her halfway, she initiated the breakup. "Juan did say 'I love you' to Nikki, but only a couple of times," the source explains of Ferrell, 28. "She wanted [him] to say it every time they spoke, and he couldn't do that."

Indeed, a second insider shared that the two had conflicting visions of their future together. "Everything Nikki wanted, he didn't," the source previously told Us. "She wanted to settle down and he didn't." 

Geography was an issue, too. "They were not seeing eye to eye on anything," a third source said earlier this week. "Juan wanted Nikki in Miami. Nikki didn't want to leave her family, friends, or job. Meanwhile, Juan wouldn't even consider going to Kansas…She couldn't get him to compromise at all."

For access to all our exclusive celebrity videos and interviews – Subscribe on YouTube!