It’s an old “Bachelor” trope at this point that every incumbent on the ABC series uses the word “journey” approximately forty thousand times to describe his experience over the course of the season. During a call with XFINITYTV.com on Friday, current bachelor Sean Lowe poked fun at the over-used expression. “I hear there’s a game at home where every time I say ‘journey,’ the person is supposed to drink,” Lowe admitted. “If that’s the case then there’s going to be some drunk people on Monday nights because I say that word quite often!” Lowe went on to describe the biggest challenges he faced on this “journey,” and the betrayals he overcame. Check out the details below.
What have you discovered about yourself through this process of finding love? And what has been challenging?
I have discovered that this journey is so much more difficult than I thought it would be. First of all, it’s physically exhausting. I’m running on fumes. I would get very little sleep and it’s just date after date after date. I don’t want to sound like I’m complaining because I do consider myself to be one of the luckiest men in the world to date so many women. But not only is it physically exhausting, it can be emotionally taxing too. I had no idea that I would develop such strong feelings for more than one person, so to have your heart tugged in every direction was really new for me and it was an adjustment.
Falling for multiple women always seems to surprise men on this show. How do you feel like you handled it? And how did you prepare yourself, if at all, to deal with those complex feelings for so many different people?
Going into “The Bachelor,” I told myself that I wanted to treat each individual relationship as its own relationship. So when I’m with a woman, I would not think about the other women I was dating. At first it was very unnatural and it certainly didn’t feel right. But as the season progressed, it started to become natural. Through doing that you start to develop these individual relationships and the feelings would get stronger and stronger, and frankly it got really tough at the end. I was invested in multiple women and I don’t know if I handled it well, I really don’t. But I think that I did the best that I could and I think I made the best decisions for me, and I think that as America watches this unfold, they’re gonna feel my pain and they’re gonna feel as stressed as I do at times because I feel so strongly for multiple people.
As always, it looks like there’s a lot of drama coming up this season. There’s a mystery man who resurfaces. There are breakdowns galore. How did you cope with that?
It is “The Bachelor,” so of course it’s going to be full of drama. Most of what I went through I wasn’t prepared for. I’m more of the laid back, easygoing guy who avoids drama, and that was not the case this time. When you stick that many women in a house together, drama is inevitable, and I was thrust into the middle of it. But you’re gonna to see the claws come out. These women are competing for me. They’re competing for my time and my affection and things get nasty. I think that’s gonna make for great television.
Were there big betrayals?
Yeah. I felt like there were a couple of women that were really sweet and kind and loving when they were with me, but when they’re not with me, they’re a totally different person. In that sense I felt very betrayed because they were lying to me as to who they really were and it took me a while to figure that out.
Can you say categorically that you found love?
I cannot say categorically that I found love! I can tell you that I found love, but it was with multiple women. But I can’t really tell you how that story unfolds.
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