Even after 18 seasons of the smash franchise, perhaps no Bachelor has earned as much tabloid ink for his on- (and off-) camera -behavior as Juan Pablo Galavis.
Since this season's premiere, the Venezuelan sports consultant, and single dad to daughter Camila, has been mired in near constant controversy. He has provoked the ire of die-hard fans for some questionable comments off-air as well as the on-air rage of the women he was supposed to be wooing.
His first runner-up, Clare Crawley, upon being let go after Galavis, 32, had reassured her of a possible future together, snapped, "I would never want my children having a father like you." But his decision not to propose to his final pick, pediatric nurse Nikki Ferrell, 27, just may be what pushes many of the show's more than 8 million viewers over the edge.
Juan Pablo Galavis, former pro soccer player, single father and star of this season's The Bachelor, blogged for PEOPLE.com each week about the ladies, the dates and the difficult decisions he faced. You can follow Juan Pablo on Twitter on Twitter and on Instagram @JuanPaGalavis.
My bachelor adventure comes to an end, but now I'm thrilled and so grateful that real life – and the real journey of Nikki, me and our life together – really begins.
As my experience ended, I finally sat down for a second to analyze how everything started and how everything ended. I decided to take the chance to be The Bachelor, even though it was something that I had never thought I would do because I had never seen the show before. I had only watched 20 minutes of one and I thought, "This is so cheesy," but I decided to give it a shot on The Bachelorette.
Actions speak louder than words for Juan Pablo Galavis.
Is this Juan Pablo Galavis's way of saying "I love you"?
The polarizing Bachelor star released a YouTube video on Tuesday honoring his relationship with winner Nikki Ferrell and titled "Adventures in Loving You."
Galavis picked – but did not propose to – Ferrell on the finale, and though the two were still a couple during the After the Final Rose special, the former soccer pro wouldn't say whether he loves her.
The setting (St. Lucia) was paradise. The ring (3.5 carats!) was picture perfect. But to the shock and surprise of Bachelor viewers, Juan Pablo Galavis did not propose to his final rose recipient, Nikki Ferrell, on the show's 18th season finale.
The couple gave an exclusive interview and photo shoot to PEOPLE, then swiftly declined to do any other press. (Chris Harrison likely understands why.) In their sole sitdown, Galavis remained laid-back about the show's outcome.
"You go on [The Bachelor] thinking if there is the connection, you propose," Galavis, 32, tells PEOPLE. "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."
For her part, Ferrell, 27, is happy to just be Galavis's girlfriend – for now.
"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," she says in an interview with PEOPLE. "What's going to keep us together is having a real relationship. I'd rather have him propose when he feels it's right."
Monday night's shocking finale of The Bachelor left some viewers perplexed and dissatisfied with Juan Pablo Galavis, who refused to say that he was in love with his final rose recipient, Nikki Ferrell. Host Chris Harrison and Juan Pablo's fellow franchise alums, newlyweds Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici, were among them.
While Monday's Bachelor finale may not have ended in an engagement, that didn't stop Juan Pablo Galavis from picking out a ring for Nikki Ferrell.
So where is the 3.5-carat sparkler – a diamond and platinum ring set with a central cushion-cut diamond, and encrusted with more than 240 smaller round diamonds – now that JP didn't get down on one knee?
According to a show source: "The ring is now with producers and is not in Juan Pablo's possession. If a proposal doesn't occur on the show, the show holds on to the ring. If Juan Pablo decides to propose in the near future, the ring would be his for the asking. But much further down the line? It's unclear whether or not he'd still have access to it."
Chris Harrison is ready to move on from Juan Pablo Galavis's controversial season of The Bachelor – and the feeling is mutual.
"We're done with the show. We are so done," Juan Pablo told the host during the live After the Final Rose special, which aired Monday night after he broke up with finalist Clare Crawley and offered the final rose to Nikki Ferrell but did not propose in a shocking finale episode.
Harrison and the studio audience seemed perplexed as to why Nikki could say she was happy and "absolutely" still in love, though she hadn't heard Juan Pablo say he's in love with her.