Adjusting to life after being the Bachelor can be a challenge. Just ask the men themselves. “I tell all the girls I meet: Just know, I won’t be airlifting you to the top of a glacier on our first date,” says former franchise star Bob Guiney, 42. Joined by Andrew Firestone, 37, and Jake Pavelka, 35, at a March photo shoot for PEOPLE’s special issue celebrating 25 seasons of The Bachelor, three of the show’s biggest stars hammed it up—and shared the inside dish on the roses, romances and, yes, hot tubs, that made their seasons so very special.
Jake: My biggest regret was doing the TV interview about my breakup with Vienna [Girardi].
Bob: I felt bad for you watching that special. For me, I cringe whenever I see myself in the hot tub.
Andrew: I was in a hot tub every episode. And I’m built for deep- sea diving, not hot tubs! I don’t have the Jake Pavelka abs.
Bob: Andrew and I are the dinosaurs. We were pre-six-pack.
Jake: The hardest part for me were the rose ceremonies.
Andrew: I’m so deathly allergic to roses now—they give me hives!
Jake: Now I give daisies.
Bob: I give tulips …
Andrew: Isn’t that what you give at funerals?
Bob: Congratulations. You fell in love with me. Here are your tulips!