A Season of Lust
Throughout this season of the Bachelor, Juan Pablo set out to find a step mother for his daughter. In order to find such a mate, he spontaneously traveled around the world with a group of drop dead gorgeous women who fought tirelessly for his attention. While girls such as Andi desperately wanted to establish a meaningful connection with Juan Pablo, he was far too distracted by the airheads dancing around him in bikinis and confessing their infatuation with him. How is a man to find true love in the mix of temptation?
Single Dad Problems
During the show, Juan Pablo appeared to be very concerned with how his daughter perceived him. While Juan had no problem kissing Clare and many of the other girls in the house, he claimed he could not kiss Renee due to his daughter. Instead of explaining that the moment did not feel right and they were not ready for that next level, Juan believed using his daughter to avoid the awkwardness was a better option. Of course, the women acted very understanding when Juan Pablo gave this excuse because it made him appear to be a sensitive, concerned father. Throughout the show the girls blindly believed that a man who could love their daughter so much must have the capability to love them the same way. They never thought that he could indeed still be selfish and self-centered when it came to love.
It’s Not Okay
Juan Pablo has a real knack for planning the ideal date. Throughout the show, he came up with many exciting adventures that would impress the girls and make them feel special. What Juan Pablo failed to do on these “ideal” dates is make a real connection with the girls. He seemed to think it was enough to plan a cool activity for the date, and somehow thought that would compensate for his inability to engage in deep conversation. For this reason the girls with substance, Andi and Sharleen, found it very difficult to envision a real, functional relationship with Juan. These girls tried and tried to get a reaction out of Juan, but never got much more than an “It’s okay.”
Juan’s Future with Nikki
At the end of the show, Juan chose exactly who we would expect him to-Nikki. Throughout the show, Nikki was always very satisfied with her relationship with Juan Pablo. She didn’t complain much about wanting something deeper with Juan because she was content with the superficial relationship they established. On the surface, Nikki and Juan always appear to enjoy each other’s company and never had any major issues.
The truth of the matter is that Juan never wanted the real world relationship that Sharleen and Andi were seeking. He never wanted to put work into creating a lasting, functional relationship; he only wanted the illusion of one. This season of the Bachelor did not end in a proposal because Juan did not put himself out there enough to create a lifelong relationship with any of the girls. While Juan Pablo may have given Nikki a rose at the finale, their days as a couple are numbered if he cannot learn to love her at a deeper level.