If you have been following “Bachelor Pad” rumors for some time, then you had already heard that Michael Stagliano has a new lady in his life prior to the last episode of season 3 airing last night. However, that was the first time his relationship status has been discussed as of late in the context of the show, and with that in mind he is also now speaking about it publicly for the first time.
In a new blog entry via Parade Magazine, Michael tries to defend himself first and foremost in his Parade Magazine blog by saying that while he should have been more upfront about his feelings for Rachel Truehart (who was visibly angry ad felt lied to at the reunion) while the show was taping, he was honest about it after it was over. He also denied talk that he actually was dating anyone before the start of the actual season:
“I’d like to address what Rachel brought up, and what I was not given the chance to comment on: I am in a relationship. It IS long distance. She lives in Chicago, I live in LA. This is without a doubt the happiest I have ever been in my life. I am very much in love, and while our feelings grew very fast for each other over the last 2 1/2 months, I need to reiterate that I was NOT dating her prior to or during the show taping in June. We are both being very practical about taking the next steps towards relocating, and marriage and all that good stuff… though that is certainly my intention. : ). She is without question the most beautiful, attractive woman (inside and out) that I have ever met. My family LOVES her, I LOVE her family… We started dating after the show, AFTER things with Rachel had ended.”
So with this in mind, you can probably stop saying now that Michael could be the next “Bachelor.” He’s also probably not going to be a part of this show again, if for no other reason than that he has already done this twice and doesn’t have a need to go into this experience again with a win already under his belt.
What do you think about Michael’s comments? If you want to hear what Chris Harrison had to say about Nick Peterson’s shocking move during the finale, be sure to read the story here.