Exclusive! "We just don't need it to be as public as it was," Tenley tells us.
It's official, Bachelor fans: Tenley Molzahn and Kiptyn Locke are back on!
In fact, they have been for quite some time according to Molzahn, Bachelor Jake Pavelka's runner-up, who confirmed there's "lots of love" between the two and they're just enjoying each other's company outside the spotlight.
"We've been back together a long time, but we just don't need it to be as public as it was — not that there's anything to hide," Molzahn tells us about her renewed relationship with the Bachelorette season 5 runner-up.
Molzahn and Locke, who appeared together on Bachelor Pad, first split in early 2013 after two and a half years of dating. "It's just more of a private life together without the expectations and pressure, just kind of doing our own thing," Molzahn says about her current relationship status. "I wanna enjoy each other because that's what it's about."
As to whether we'll see Molzahn sporting an engagement ring or walking down the aisle any time soon, she simply states, "We'll have to see."
YourTango: Are you still in contact with Jake Pavelka?
Tenley Molzahn: We hadn't really talked when we parted ways in St. Lucia … because of him and Vienna, I wanted to respect that … after that, I started dating Kiptyn, and him and Jake were on seasons together; I think Jake kept his friendship with Kiptyn to be respectful, and just kind of said hellos through me, and Kip and I supported him at a few events, but it was no out of the ordinary being in touch or anything. I recently talked to him when Gia [Allemand, former Bachelor and Bachelor Pad contestant] passed away because he was struggling, and we all were having a hard time. He had reached out, and we had a really nice talk that was probably several years overdue. It was really nice to have a talk with the normal guy Jake, not Jake the Bachelor.
YourTango: Any regrets about going on Bachelor or Bachelor Pad?
Tenley Molzahn: Absolutely not! It was one of the best, most unique experiences for me, in the sense of the growth I received just going through it ... It's not something that I'd ever recommend anybody doing, especially with those expectations — you can't walk in and be like, 'OK, I heard you're like a doctor' — because it's not like that. But for me, I had no expectations, and I took everything by stride, and it ended up being something so good for me. I'm grateful for it.
YourTango: What do you think of Juan Pablo as the Bachelor? How do you feel he is handling himself?
Tenley Molzahn: I'm actually pleasantly surprised because I didn't really know how I felt about him. I think it could be cultural and just him being an honest dude, but I thought, before the show started — and I don't want this to come off the wrong way — it seemed like he was kind of peacocking a little bit, really amped up about the spotlight. But then I thought about it, and I'd rather them be honest … and since it's been airing, I feel like he's become very real and very humble ... I feel like he's handling himself with the ladies pretty well.
YourTango: Is there a bachelorette you think is a good match for Juan Pablo?
Tenley Molzahn: I have favorites, but knowing that you're actually putting two lives together, I wouldn't necessarily put some of them with him. I really like Renee [Oteri;] I think she and I could be pals, so I look at her like that … I wanna see more of Andi [Dorfman,] but she's kind of got Bachelorette written across her forehead for me. I don't feel like I know them well enough yet. Obviously, he's into Clare [Crawley,] but I think that she needs to really relax and show who she really is without putting on a show.
YourTango: Is there anyone in the house you don't think is there for Juan Pablo or to fall in love?
Tenley Molzahn: Half of them [laughs]— I don't think that the Kelly girl [Kelly Travis,] although I really appreciate her comedic relief, I don't think she's there for Juan Pablo. I think half of them are there for the experience, and you know, what if you do fall in love? So I'm not dogging any of them by saying half of them aren't there for Juan Pablo, you just never know. You go for an experience, and then you see what could happen, you fall in love. KEEP READING!
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