Former Bachelor stud Juan Pablo Galavis is headed to counseling…
The 33-year-old Venezuelan American former pro soccer star, who found love on ABC’s reality dating competition show, and his love Nikki Ferrell have signed on to appear on VH1’s Couples Therapy.
Galavis and Ferrell, who have been dating since meeting in season 18 of The Bachelor, will talk about their relationship issues and get counseling from marriage and family therapist Dr. Jenn Berman on the show.
The pair join previously announced celebrity couples, including Jenna Jameson and her MMA coach boyfriend John Wood, former Jersey Shorestar Deena Cortese and her beau Chris Buckner,Big Brothervillain Dick Donato and Stephanie Rogness-Fischer, and Naughty by Nature‘s Treach and girlfriend Cicely Evans.
Galavis and Ferrell’s participation was teased in a promo released in mid-August, which features the arrival of “TV’s most controversial couple.” Their faces, however, are blurred in the video.
Despite their appearance on the show, the couple have claimed they are going strong. Ferrell said last month, “We’re doing great. We’re very happy together.” Galavis added, “She’s a wonderful woman – smart, caring, who treats my daughter amazingly well.”
Unlike many other “Bachelor” stars who proposed to the winning girl in the finale, Juan Pablo didn’t pop the question to Nikki. He addresses this in a preview video for Couples Therapy.
“I was criticized a lot for not saying ‘I love you’ to Nikki,” he admits, before explaining, “In the Venezuelan community, it means something. I mean, to propose to someone, it means something. Am I going to say ‘I love you’ to Nikki? I don’t know yet.”
Ferrell has no issue with that, saying, “Just because he hasn’t said it to me, doesn’t mean that I don’t say it to him. I don’t expect him to say it back when I say it. Maybe one day, he will. In all reality, we haven’t been together too long. But he does; he loves me. He’s committed to this.”
Galavis adds, “Is she the one or not? That’s a great question. I think she’s on the right track. Everything she does that I don’t like, I’m like, ‘Is this gonna work?’ It’s just a process, but I think we could communicate better; that’s one of the reasons why we’re here.”