Juan Pablo Galavis, star of the recently concluded edition of "The Bachelor," says the criticism leveled at him for not proposing to winner Nikki Ferrell is unjustified.

"It's hard because [viewers] saw a character on TV," Galavis, 32, said in online excerpts from the issue of People magazine available Friday. "A lot of things about me were not shown. I'm not a bad guy. People who know me, know who I am.

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"You go on [the show] thinking if there is the connection, you propose," Galavis said. "But I don't feel there's a need to propose to somebody if I don't feel 100 percent. I didn't know Nikki. I want to know more, a lot more."

Ferrell, a 27-year-old pediatric nurse from Kansas City, Mo., said she was nonplused at not getting a proposal on the ABC dating competition. "Had he gotten down on one knee, I absolutely would have said yes," she told People. "But having a ring on my finger wouldn't stop us from breaking up. What's going to keep us together is having a real relationship. I'd rather have him propose when he feels it's right."

Ferrell tweeted late Tuesday night she and Galavis were "On our first REAL one-on-one date!" at the Miami Venezuelan restaurant Budare Bistro.

Meanwhile, host Chris Harrison blogged that he believes the couple "are in love and happy." And he denied speculation he disliked Galavis, but did admit: "From the beginning something just didn't seem right and something didn't fit."