Alan Bersten was drawn to Alexis Ren for a reason.
“Even when it’s hard, she doesn’t give up, and I really like persistence and I like determination and I like passion,” Bersten explained about the model, his partner in the competition.
“Last week, some things were said,” said Bersten, 24. “I’m in a place where we worked so hard for this amazing journey together, and I’m afraid that I will mess that up in some way. But I’ve never had an experience like this.”
“It’s so easy to just hang out with you, have fun and not worry about everything else,” Bersten continued. “I know that you put yourself out there last weekend, and I do have feelings for you. And I really feel like I am falling for you.”
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“After I opened up last week, I felt a little bit embarrassed,” replied Ren, 21. “But now that we had this talk this week, I feel really good that everything’s out in the open.” They then shared a smooch.
Both told ET that being so honest on television wasn’t easy.
“I’m not good at opening up,” Bersten said. However, “I didn’t want to leave her hanging. … It was horseback riding. It was beautiful. It felt right.”
“It’s hard to open up,” Ren said. “It’s really hard when there’s six cameras staring at you, and you’re just like, ‘I’m just going to spill my heart right now,’ It’s really — it’s weird.”