Hunky pilot Jake Pavelka irks some fans with choices on
vocal that he kept fire-starter Vienna Girardi around.
“I don’t have anything to apologize for,” Pavelka declared during a recent interview.
Girardi, a 23-year-old marketing representative from Geneva, Fla., has been the source of much drama this season and is one of three remaining women, all of whom Pavelka has professed he loves. The other two competing are 26-yearold swimsuit model Gia Allemand from New York and 25-year-old college admissions representative Tenley Molzahn from Newberg, Ore.
“I know that America doesn’t really understand,” Pavelka said. “It sounds so jaded and so bad, but who is the authority that says the human heart can’t be in love with more than one girl at the same time? That’s what I was taught, that it can only happen with one girl at a time, but that’s not the truth. I was crazy about Ali, Vienna, Tenley and Gia.”
Viewers were distraught Pavelka did not try harder to persuade Ali Fedotowsky, one of the four contenders remaining on last Monday’s instalment, to stay after the Facebook advertising account manager revealed she would lose her job if she didn’t go back to work. Pavelka did not think Fedotowsky would actually leave, and doing so “broke my heart that night.”
“She rejected me, unfortunately, for her job,” he said before releasing a sigh. “I get it. I really do. It’s such a tough position. Man, it just kind of makes my heart hurt. I knew when she left that night that she was a really unhappy girl, and the most important thing to me was Ali’s happiness. When she left, there was nothing I could do.”
Despite a disarming smile and unflappable demeanour, Pavelka has been one of the most frustratingly unpredictable bachelors in the show’s 14-season history. During the fourth episode, he dismissed four women, even though he was only slated to eliminate one.
Whether the pilot’s on-air dating exploits are genuine or not, millions are along for the ride. Ratings for The Bachelor haven’t been this high since the fifth season in 2004 when football player Jesse Palmer was looking for love.