There is already controversy surrounding Bachelor Nick Viall, and Season 21 hasn't even started yet.
Of course, after two times as the runner-up on The Bachelorette and one appearance on Bachelor in Paradise, Viall has his share of baggage. But Viall is maintaining that his intentions on the show are pure. And as a fan, I believe he's genuine.
In a recent conference call, Viall addressed the rumors that he ditched Jen Saviano — who he recently dated on Bachelor in Paradise Season 3 — in order to become the Bachelor.
"No, none of that was remotely true," Viall said, according to Us Weekly.
The rumor started when fellow Bachelor in Paradise Season 3 alum Lauren Himle threw Viall under the bus during an interview with Detroit's The Ticket radio station.
"I am not a big fan of [his]," Himle said of Viall. "He dated my great friend Jen on Bachelor in Paradise… but it was my understanding that they were still seeing each other after the show completed."
Himle went on to say that, as far as she knew, Viall and Saviano were still together up until a week before he was announced as the new Bachelor.
As for Saviano, she addressed Viall's role on The Bachelor during an episode of After Paradise on ABC, saying, "there's definitely mixed emotions," but she added, "I've moved on, and I'm doing good."
Saviano, after all, knows how to get over a breakup.
The Bachelor Season 21 premieres Jan. 5, 2017 on ABC.
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