Jared Haibon opens up about his real feelings about Ashley I.

By Aili Nahas
Updated August 22, 2016 10:00 PM

Poor Jared Haibon. His onetime almost paramour turned No. 1 biggest fan Ashley I. isn’t making things easy for him on Bachelor in Paradise, even threatening to derail his burgeoning relationship with Caila Quinn. Still, the 27-year-old nice guy doesn’t have a bad thing to say about her.

“It’s not that difficult to be sweet to Ashley I.,” Haibon tells PEOPLE exclusively. “She can be a little possessive, [but] that is something I very much adore about her.”

Haibon says that when it comes to a relationship with Ashley that, “unfortunately, it just wasn’t there for us,” but he says he has no regrets when it comes to his time in Paradise.

“It was difficult and stressful at times,” he says. “But I made incredible friendships.”

As far as the future, Jared is still hoping to be “wifed up” soon. “Everybody wants that,” he says. “Everyone is looking for someone they can really put their trust in, share memories with and fall in love with.”

Bachelor in Paradise airs Mondays and Tuesdays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.