Exclusive! Des Hartsock Defends Juan Pablo As 'A Good Person'

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Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried
The former 'Bachelorette' talks Juan Pablo, her wedding plans and passing the torch to Andi Dorfman.

While all eyes have been on Juan Pablo Galavis and his antics, we caught up with the first lady he attempted to woo on TV — Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock.

Since denying JuanPab a rose, Des has been happily living life with fiancé Chris Siegfried in Seattle. The couple had a front row seat at last week's cringe-inducing "After the Final Rose" finale, and Desiree confides to us the tension between Juan Pablo and Chris Harrison left everyone in the room feeling uncomfortable!

 

The bridal designer also shares with us her own wedding plans (including if the couple plans to televise their big event!), and the advice she passed onto upcoming Bachelorette Andi Dorfman

YourTango: What a season! Okay, give us your honest opinion of Juan Pablo.
Desiree Hartsock: Juan is a good person and great to those he befriends. Both Chris and I got to know him a bit and we both like him as a friend. It is obviously different in a dating relationship and from what we watched, he just wasn't open or trusting enough to let The Bachelor process work for him completely.

YourTango: Did Clare dodge a bullet?
Desiree Hartsock: I don't think that she dodged a bullet but do think that she needs someone who will be more expressive — and not focus only on her outward beauty.

YourTango: On a scale of 1-10 (10 being best), how likely is it Juan and Nikki will last? 
Desiree Hartsock: I'm in the middle at 5, because the relationship grows the most after filming so we will see what happens.

YourTango: What was it like behind-the-scenes of "After the Final Rose"? Chris Harrison seemed pretty annoyed with Juan Pablo's behavior.
Desiree Hartsock: There was so much tension between Chris and Juan that it surrounded the entire room. It was uncomfortable to be a part of, and Juan's defensiveness didn't allow Chris to do his job and ask the questions that viewers wanted to hear.

YourTango: What advice would you give Juan Pablo right now? And Nikki?
Desiree Hartsock: The first thing I said to them when I saw them after the taping was to take a vacation! I don't know if they realize the affect of the media, and the best thing they can do is be alone together to start their relationship off on a strong foundation.

YourTango: Have you talked to Andi about taking over the Bachelorette crown?
Desiree Hartsock: Yes, I was able to talk with Andi right after she was announced.

YourTango: What questions did she ask you?
Desiree Hartsock: She didn't really ask questions, but said that she was nervous and excited.

YourTango: What advice did you give her?
Desiree Hartsock: I told her to follow her heart, but to also trust her mind. Too often, we lead with our heart and that can get us hurt, since infatuation will not last. It is the knowledge we have that comes from experiences, past relationships, and knowing what we need that, in the end, will help her make a decision about who will be right for her. I also told her to just have FUN!

YourTango: What's your overall impression of Andi?
Desiree Hartsock: I think she is an awesome girl that has a lot to offer the right guy. She's fun, strong, pretty and overall a great catch! KEEP READING OUR INTERVIEW WITH DESIREE HARTSOCK

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