Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi Defend Awkward After the Final Rose Interview
The general Twitter consensus from the live special seemed to be that the newly-engaged couple was “awkward” and doomed to break up in the near future.
However, it seems the Season 21 pair hasn’t allowed this negative feedback to bother them — at least, that’s what they told Ellen Degeneres on her show this week.
Ellen prompted, “I heard that some people thought it was awkward, that y’all were awkward together.”
Interestingly enough, Vanessa — who was watching from the audience — was the one to speak up first on the topic.
“I didn’t think so,” the special education teacher stated. “I think we both went in it wanting to be honest and open about couples, you know, sometimes things can get tough.”
She then emphasized the positive aspects of their relationship, explaining, “But we’re very committed to each other, we love each other, and that’s what we’re focusing on.”
Then, it was her fiancé’s turn to share his perspective.
“I hope we came across as in love and passionate tonight,” he said.
“The reality is — we joke about it, but it’s true — we don’t know what it’s like to go to the movies together, we don’t know what it’s like to spend time together in the real world. Our relationship has been based off of stressful situations.”
As for the Twitter hate, the 29-year-old beauty seems to have a good handle on that, as well.
She reasoned, “You can never make people happy. At the end of the day, we are focusing on our relationship.”
“It’s easy to focus on the negative, which sometimes I do, and Nick tries to get me out of it. But that’s the world that we’re living in,” the Canadian gal concluded.
This certainly is a different side of the couple than we’d seen previously — in fact, it seems DWTS is doing wonders for their relationship.
After Monday’s premiere, the Bachelor admitted he “felt more comfortable” having his future wife cheer him on from the audience.
After his cha-cha performance, he revealed to Us Weekly exactly what she said.
“She just said, 'Good job.' I haven't really gotten a chance to talk to her, but she's going to be very supportive,” he explained.
By the way — Vanessa is up to more than just supporting her man while in L.A..
“Vanessa loves living in L.A. She's getting her life going there. She has a car, and she's busy getting her foundation up and running. That takes up a lot of her time,” a source tells E! News.
“She already knew a few people in L.A., and Nick's friends have reached out to her. She's meeting new people.”
The former actress is even giving her future hubby some dance pointers!
The insider adds, “Vanessa has some dance experience, and she gives Nick tips and helps him at home. Doing The Bachelor was hard on her, but this is fun.”
Dancing With the Stars airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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