Sean Lowe on Bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis: “You Owe It to the Fans” to Open Up

Sean Lowe/Juan Pablo Galavis
Sean Lowe shared his thoughts about Juan Pablo Galavis on Twitter, saying the season 18 star "owes it" to both fans and ABC to talk more about his feelings Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic; Fred Lee/ABC

Juan Pablo Galavis could learn a thing or two about being the Bachelor from fellow alum Sean Lowe. After season 18's awkward, poorly received finale and After the Final Rose special on March 10, season 17 hunk Lowe took to Twitter with some thoughts on how Galavis should have handled himself.

Lowe — who married his chosen lady, Catherine Giudici, in a live TV wedding on Jan. 26 — started out by first defending Galavis' decision not to propose to Nikki Ferrell. "My take on last night: I commend JP on not proposing if he isn't ready. And he certainly shouldn't feel pressured to say 'I love you,'" the reality star tweeted on Tuesday, March 11.

That said, Lowe thinks Galavis should have at least tried to articulate his feelings. "As the Bachelor, you can't say I want to keep my feelings private," he explained. "You owe it to the fans and network to open up. That's the job." Then, responding to a fan who argued that "not everyone is cut out for public attention," he wrote, "Then don't be the Bachelor."

Lowe also took issue with the way the Venezuelan former soccer pro interacted with Bachelor host Chris Harrison. "Lastly, disrespecting the nicest guy in show business @chrisbharrison should be a crime," he tweeted. "That's my take. Wish them nothing but happiness."

He wasn't done, though. In a Q&A with fans later that same day, Lowe said Galavis "didn't handle himself well." He also shared that he was surprised by "how [Juan Pablo] fought the producers on everything." And when a fan asked if Lowe had "taken JP out back and [given] him the business," the former Bachelor replied, "Ha! Can't fix a guy like that."

Lowe also doled out some hard-won wisdom to Galavis at the very beginning of the season — wisdom that the single father apparently didn't take to heart. Back in January, during the premiere, Lowe was seen telling Galavis to be discreet about PDA. "At all costs, make sure if you kiss someone, the other girls don't see," he said at the time. Galavis didn't listen; one of the things the women on the show complained about most was the Bachelor's inconsistent rules on kissing and favoritism.

Lowe also advised Galavis at the start of the season to be open-minded. "You're going to be tempted to really latch on to certain women," he said. (In fact, Galavis "latched on" to Clare Crawley very early on, which caused problems among the other bachelorettes.) "And if you do that, you just close yourself to other potential relationships." He added, "Trust your gut."

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