Move over, Ricky Ricardo! Another Latino’s got some ‘splainin’ to do!
“Bachelor” star Juan Pablo Galavis, who recently came under fire for making anti-gay remarks during an interview, is blaming his lack of knowledge of the English language for the confusion. In an interview with “Good Morning America,” the 32-year old single dad said his comments to a reporter last month were a grande “misunderstanding.”
“I have a cousin who is gay,” Galavis said. “His sister is a nun. So it’s been around my house all my life. So, to me, it was a misunderstanding.”
Last month, the reality star told The TV Page that he’s against having an openly gay or bisexual lead on the ABC reality romance show, describing homosexuals as “more pervert in a sense” and adding, “I don’t think it is a good example for kids to watch that on TV.”
The former soccer pro issued an apology via Facebook, explaining that the word “pervert” was not what he meant to say: “Everyone knows English is my second language and my vocabulary is not as broad as it is in Spanish and, because of this, sometimes I use the wrong words to express myself,” he wrote.”What I meant to say was that gay people are more affectionate and intense and for a segment of the TV audience this would be too racy to accept.”
Galavis told “GMA” that his ESL was an ongoing struggle while filming the show. “It’s been hard because, to me, when I speak English, it happened to me two months of filming, sometimes the words that I used were not interpreted the way that they should be interpreted, or I use a wrong word,” he said. “So I will go on my phone, Google and find the right word and do it that way.”
His online search failed him during an impromptu date that aired last week with contestant Clare Crawley. After Galavis snuck off for a 4 a.m. steamy swim in the ocean with the Season 18 frontrunner, he told her he regretted it and made her cry as the cameras rolled.
“At four in the morning I was watching kind of baseball…and she knocked on the door, caught me off guard, and she was so excited about the whole day, you know, that, to me, you want to go in the ocean for your first time, I was like, ‘Sure,'” the reality star explained of the incident. “And then in the morning I was like, ‘I should have said no because it wasn’t fair for the other 10 girls that were in the room.'”
While Galavis says “things got cleared,” with Crawley, she seems to be singing a different tune.
The 32-year old hairstylist told People she’s still confused by JP’s confrontation. “I think both then and now, I don’t understand where that was coming from,” she said. “The hardest thing about that was the confusion because he was more than willing to go swimming in the ocean …He was having a blast, and so in my eyes it just really was strange to me that he had such a dramatic opposite reaction to it.”
Crawley also blasted Galavis’s multitude of excuses (that he didn’t want his 4-year-old daughter seeing the scene, and that it wasn’t fair to the other contestants), and said she wasn’t clear on what “The Bachelor” star’s reasoning was.
“The issue for me was how he approached it, the words that he used and how he made me feel when he used those words,” she said. “I don’t think it’s a language barrier. I think it’s how you choose to make a woman feel, and I think it’s how sensitive you approach this. You shouldn’t make a woman cry. It made me feel awful. ”
“The Bachelor” Season 18 airs on Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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