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Showing some of that same attitude that he had all season, Bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis is speaking out following Monday's controversial finale, in which he picked Nikki Ferrell but didn't propose and couldn't spit out the words, "I love you."

His first response came first in an Instagram selfie with Nikki, labeled simply, "Free."

And now he's telling People magazine that he was misunderstood by all who watched him.

"It's hard because [viewers] saw a character on TV," he says. "A lot of things about me were not shown. I'm not a bad guy. People who know me, know who I am."

(Rule No. 1 in reality TV shows: Don't like how you're portrayed? Blame the editing.)

He doesn't feel a need to be in a hurry to propose. "It's our start now," says Galavis. "We can get to know each other fully. We're not in a rush."

Nikki also says it was hard to watch the trashing and bashing of her Bachelor beau and of their relationship, tweeting, "Being in the public eye does NOT give you the right to say what you want to me. Your words hurt no matter what. Be ashamed of yourselves."

And although Juan Pablo may not have given NIkki a ring, he did post a video montage ode to his girlfriend on YouTube in which he talks about how "love comes quickly when it's meant to be."

At the opening, he writes, "This is a RECAP of Mi Aventura…Thanks to Obie Bermudez for using the WORDS I sent him and TURNING them into a SONG…'Adventures In Love You' is for you Mi Catira…"

At the end, he thanks Nikki for the "interesting four months of hiding," and says, "Now that the CHARACTER of 'The Bachelor' is OVER, it is time for US to live our life for real. TE ADORO. Juan Pablo."

Are you back on Team Juan Pablo now?

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