The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart fans watched many women try to win over Brandon Mills. Eventually there was a love triangle with Julia Rae and Savannah McKinley who partnered up with him at different times.
Showbiz Cheat Sheet talked to Brandon about his time on the show on May 5 over the phone. He answered if he’s still talking to the singers after filming.
Brandon Mills said he cared about both women on ‘Listen to Your Heart’
Brandon spent most of the season coupled up with Savannah but was still open to having a connection with Julia. Meanwhile Julia was still partnered with Sheridan Reed. The former contestant talked about his feelings for Savannah and Julia.
“I cared for both of them,” he told Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. We were pushed into this scenario rather quickly much, much more quickly than I would normally move a healthy relationship forward.”
He continued, “And so it’s just, I think both of us were trying to figure out what we really, really felt and how we felt about one another. And we weren’t trying to hurt anybody. We were just trying to get clarity and understanding how long I where we didn’t have a lot of time.“
He doesn’t blame Natascha Bessez for being sent home
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When Brandon and Julia decided to move forward together they had to perform together. That started off on a rocky foot because Natascha Bessez told Julia that he said he would have stayed with Savannah if she wanted to make things work. Julia blamed Natascha Bessez for their performance once they were sent home, but Brandon feels differently.
“I don’t blame anyone for anything that I have control over,” he said. “So I blame myself for not fully present with Julia. I commend everybody else that was performing that night for phenomenal performances, but I don’t tend to point fingers or point blame.”
He later added, “I didn’t want to engage with Natascha with what she said. I don’t think that’s healthy to stoke that fire. It’s not a place I want to invest my energy. I wish Natascha the best. Natascha and Ryan [Neal], I want the best for them.“
Brandon did note that there were different ways things were stacked against him and Julia. “Everybody in the house had already performed together once and that says a lot,” he said. “There’s definitely a strong connection that’s made when you go through that process together with another person.”
He added, “So to have at least one of those under the belt, I think gave everybody else an advantage, which is, you know, rightfully so. Julia and I made our decision and and that’s that.”
He is still friends with Julia and Savannah
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It looks like the singer is still in contact with both of the ladies he made a connection with on the show. “Yeah, I’m friends with both of them. I care for both of them,” he said.
“We’ve had our conversations. Apologies were made and clarifications were clarified, I guess,” he added. Brandon went on to answer if they were just friends or if there was any romance between him and the former contestants. “I’m just going to say I care for both of them and I think they’re both great people. We’re all friends,” he said.
Brandon did reveal what he would have done differently if he could go back. “I think looking back, I would have been much more honest with everybody in my pursuit of understanding what I wanted and what I needed. Just be super clear and super open and be open to the idea of being rejected because of my honesty as opposed to maybe what could have come off, and it wasn’t intentional, come off like maybe I was not being honest with both of them.”
He did say he was open to returning to The Bachelor franchise. “I’m still single, so I’m still looking for a partner,” he said. “And I think this has taught me a lot about what I need to work on within myself and moving forward.“
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