Juan Pablo Galavis Responds to Criticism, Insists He Takes The Bachelor Seriously

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Juan Pablo Galavis has been under siege for what feels like ... the entire Season 18 of The Bachelor. Ever since he was cast, things went downhill.

The negativity that started when he made anti-gay comments regarding the possibility of a same-sex Bachelor really snowballed in recent weeks, however.

Sharleen Joynt peaced out of the series, followed by Andi Dorfman, whose epic dumping of Juan Pablo turned the tables and caused quite a stir.

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Then Monday's Women Tell All episode aired, and everybody just kept piling it on. How does El Bachelor respond, now that he has his say? Let's find out.

"I think to understand the women I have to take a step back and remember it's not easy facing rejection," he says in his weekly People blog.

"Before I talk about specifics, I want to write about how it can be difficult when you're the Bachelor," he adds, to which Andi is no doubt rolling her eyes.

"It isn't easy to remember all of the conversations or the questions that I ask, but I always tried my best and I wish that the women recognized that."

"I understand it's a very hard situation, but ... the women I had a better connection and attraction with are the ones that I felt fit more into what I was looking for."

"I understood why Kelly wanted an explanation about my gay comments because during my adventure we had talked openly about her father," he went on.

"I told Kelly that I would love to have an hourlong chat with her so that she can better understand what was misinterpreted and what my views are."

"I also want to understand her views and experiences. More than anything, I want to make sure Kelly knows how sorry I am that her feelings were hurt. I hate hurting people."

As for Victoria last night? "During my talk with Kelly, Victoria really surprised me. Why did Victoria jump in the conversation?" Juan Pablo Galavis mused.

"I believe she should have worried more about being sober on the show so she could get to know me rather than say something negative about me."

"Does she know me? Does she know when and where I learned English? Does she know about all of the times my producer and I would change words?

"I respect her opinion, but everyone is not the same."

"Of all the women at WTA, Sharleen and Renee are by far the women who got to know me the most, and I spent the most time learning about their lives."

"Did you get to see that with Sharleen? Clearly you didn't, and that's a shame because she is a spectacular woman. She was not feeling it and was always honest."

"I wanted to thank her for always being who she is."

"Renee is clase aparte (in another category). She's a sweet, loving, caring, smart and affectionate person, but unfortunately my feelings were not there for her."

"At the end of it all, I'm very happy that Renee found someone, and I want to send her my congratulations. I hope to be invited to the wedding someday."

"Andi's situation? It's okay and will always be okay."

"Like I said, she was at the top of my list since week 2, but at that point in St. Lucia, her leaving did me a favor. I wasn't sure if she was going to make it through."

"Sje made my decision so much easier. I signed up to meet 25 women, not to marry, kiss and play with 25 women. So I was straightforward and honest."

"I don't have a filter. When you are trying to figure out what you want in a short amount of time, you have to be straightforward. To me, that's the best way to handle it.

"I have a completely different opinion about what happened on our overnight date," he says of the "disaster" that they rehashed on TV the next day.

"I respect her decision, but in my opinion she should have told me in private, when we had no cameras, but I guess some people would rather do things in public."

"Next week, my journey comes to an end," he concludes, and for himself as well as some of the ladies he cut loose, it won't be a moment too soon.

How will it play out? We'll have to wait and see ... or read The Bachelor spoilers if you can't wait that long. Either way, it should be interesting to watch.

In the meantime, you can watch The Bachelor online at TV Fanatic to catch last night and past episodes in full before the final rose is doled out Monday ...

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