Despite his not proposing on Monday night's season-18 finale of "The Bachelor," controversial star Juan Pablo Galavis and winner Nikki Ferrell appeared to still be a couple on the live post-show special.

Galavis, however, rebuffed host Chris Harrison's entreaties on ABC's "After the Final Rose" special to say that he loved Ferrell. "I'm not going to answer that question," Galavis, 32, answered. "People don't understand that this is real life." He assured, "What I'm feeling with Nikki is fantastic."

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"He wouldn't be here if he didn't care for me," Kansas City pediatric nurse Ferrell, 26, said in his defense. "I'm not going to force it." She added, "It's not that he doesn't tell me -- it's, like, in his actions. I know that he does [love me]. I know that he cares about me a lot."

Turning to pragmatic concerns, Harrison asked, "So you guys are going to do what now? Continue dating? [Live] in Kansas City? [Or Galavis'] Miami?"

"We'll figure it out," replied Galavis, who proved highly unpopular with viewers, saw two women quit the show and earned Harrison's enmity during the season.

As for the 3.5-carat Neil Lane engagement ring the show acquired but Galavis did not use, People magazine Tuesday reported it was standard procedure for the production company to hold any ring not used for an on-air proposal, but that Galavis could have it if he proposed in the near future.

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Also Monday night, Atlanta assistant district attorney Andi Dorfman, one of the two women who departed the show, was named the next star of "The Bachelorette." ABC announced that the 26-year-old would headline season 10, premiering May 19.