“Josh and I are very different,” explains Viall, 35. “I think people don’t realize that on Andi’s season, most of the season we were actually pretty close while filming.”
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While Viall says he and Murray, now 32, lost touch immediately after the show wrapped, the star said that later run-ins were anything but weird.
“Since Andi and Josh broke up we actually ran into each other three different times at various events,” he says. “We were more than cordial, got along and so when I heard that Josh might be coming, I was kind of indifferent about it.”
Things devolved quickly when the duo hit Mexico, though, sparring over Murray’s relationship with soon-to-be fiancée, Amanda Stanton. Further, Viall was quick to discuss Murray’s less-than-positive portrayal in Dorfman’s tell-all book, It’s Not Okay.
Viall tells PEOPLE he was concerned about his perception due to his relationship with Murray, explaining, “I wanted to avoid” feeding the faux-feud.
“I think there was this perception that Josh and I had this big rivalry,” Viall says.
Murray has moved on with Stanton, though, and Viall will hopefully find a happier ever after of his own on The Bachelor.