Chris Soules Spoke of Lonely Post-Bachelor Life a Month Before His Arrest in Deadly Car Crash
Bachelor alum Chris Soules spoke to PEOPLE about his single life after reality TV just one month before being arrested in Iowa after allegedly leaving the scene of a fatal car accident that left one individual dead.
Soules, 35, starred on season 19 of The Bachelor in 2015, but he and his final pick Whitney Bischoff broke off their engagement in May 2015. While others from the show are finding love (including Bischoff, who is engaged to Ricky Angel, a regional sales manager based out of her native Chicago), the man nicknamed “Prince Farming” is struggling to find love again.
“It’s been really, still hard,” he told PEOPLE of his love life at The Bachelor season finale viewing party at Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood, California, in March. “I feel like I’m saying this all the time, but you watch the show, and you watch the reason that I went on the show, because I live in the middle of nowhere, and there’s not a lot of women, so it’s hard to date.”
“After dating 30 women on national television, I don’t know if it jades you a little bit, and if it doesn’t work out, you kind of feel like taking a break from dating,” he continued.
“I’ve sort of been trying to be me and catch up on things that are really important to me that have been there for me for my whole life,” he added. “Whether it’s family, work, taking on some neat opportunities to raise money for charities. It’s kind of where I’ve put my focus instead of dating for a while.”
Soules, a Bachelor nation fan favorite, may not know when he will meet his soul mate — but he “for sure” wants to get married and have a family.
“There is nothing more that I want than a family and children and a wife and a partner in life,” said the farmer, who hails from Arlington, Iowa. “People ask why single people are still single. That’s because I think a lot of people just are trying to find the right person.”
“I’m conscientious about who that’s going to be and knowing that I make the right decision for myself, my family, and my business — somebody who can embrace what I’m doing and appreciate all those things. And that’s going to happen,” he added. “It’s just a matter of time.”
According to the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office, Soules was temporarily in custody on Tuesday after being charged with allegedly leaving the scene of a fatal car accident. Soules was not charged with driving under the influence. He was released after posting a $10,000 bond.
Authorities have not released further information on the accident. According to KWWL.com, a pickup truck and a tractor were involved in the crash, with both vehicles going southbound. Officers say the truck collided into the rear of the tractor, sending both vehicles into roadside ditches.