Sisters before misters! Nikki Ferrell and Andi Dorfman competed against each other (and two dozen other women) for Juan Pablo Galavis' affection on season 18 of The Bachelor — but they're hardly rivals. In fact, their friendship may be one of the more successful (and unlikely) relationships to come out of the show.
Ferrell, who ended up with Galavis in the finale, paid tribute to her bond with Dorfman in an Instagram collage on Wednesday, March 12. The collage features three pictures of the pals together, including one shot from the night of the March 10 After the Final Rose special, when Ferrell was reunited with Galavis in public for the first time, and Dorfman was announced as the next Bachelorette.
"@andi_dorfman I could not have made it through this experience without you," pediatric nurse Ferrell, 26, captioned the post. "Thank you for being a best friend, someone I can always trust, laugh with, and cry with. I can't wait to hear all about your adventure! Much love. #thebachelorette #truefriendship #love"
Dorfman, an assistant district attorney from Georgia, famously left The Bachelor in the second-to-last episode, after a disastrous overnight date with Galavis. "Waking up this morning, I could not wait to get out of the Fantasy Suite," she said at the time. "The Fantasy Suite turned into a nightmare. I saw a side to him that I didn't really like, and the whole night was just a disaster."
She later confronted Galavis about his behavior, telling him she was offended that he brought up his overnight date with another contestant, Clare Crawley. "There's a difference between being honest and being an a–hole," she argued.
Ferrell was visibly shaken by Dorfman's departure, but she chose to stick by Galavis. "I'm sad for Andi," she said at the rose ceremony. "And I'm happy. And I'm hopeful…[People ask], why are you and Andi such good friends? It's like we're the same person," Ferrell explained. "But not in this case."
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