Juan Pablo Galavis explains why he didn't propose

Juan Pablo Galavis attends the Disney ABC Television Group's 2014 winter TCA party held at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on Jan. 17, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. Getty Images

Juan Pablo Galavis may have given away a rose in Monday's season finale of "The Bachelor," but he didn't take the plunge -- he didn't propose to Nikki Ferrell while they were in St. Lucia.

Now Galavis is explaining why he chose not to pop the question. In an interview with People magazine, Galavis said, "You go on ['The Bachelor'] thinking if there is the connection, you propose. But I don't feel there's a need to propose to somebody if I don't feel 100 percent. I didn't know Nikki. I want to know more, a lot more."

Ferrell, 27, meanwhile, said she would have accepted if Galavis did propose: "Had he gotten down on one knee, I absolutely would have said yes. But having a ring on my finger wouldn't stop us from breaking up. What's going to keep us together is having a real relationship. I'd rather have him propose when he feels it's right."

In Monday's "After the Final Rose" episode, Ferrell revealed that Galavis has yet to say "I love you."

When host Chris Harrison tried to see if Galavis did in fact love Ferrell, the Bachelor said, "I'm not going to answer that question. People don't understand that this is real life...We are happy we had the opportunity. It's been tough...It hasn't been easy. What I'm feeling with Nikki is fantastic."

Ferrell has been living in Kansas City, Mo., working as a nurse, while Galavis is a sports consultant in Miami.

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