Juan Pablo, who starred as the Bachelor in 2014, posted a selfie on Instagram featuring Nikki, who won Juan Pablo’s heart on Season 18 of The Bachelor, on Friday.
"GREAT 7 years of CATCHING up @nikki_ferrell," the 40-year-old former soccer player and Venezuela native captioned the Instagram photo of the former couple.
In the picture, both Juan Pablo and Nikki, 34, were smiling big and sharing an ice cream cone.
There were two spoons in one waffle cone, which had been carefully placed in a dish.
Juan Pablo tagged Nikki in the photo and tagged their location as The Plaza in Kansas City, where the pediatric nurse currently lives.
The former lovebirds were dressed casually, with Juan Pablo in a gray T-shirt and sunglasses and Nikki sporting a black tank top with an orange Los Angeles Dodgers cap.
Juan Pablo and Nikki endured a highly-publicized and criticized relationship following the 2014 finale of The Bachelor, which featured an anti-climactic ending in which Juan Pablo just told Nikki, "I like you."
Instead of proposing marriage to Nikki or at least expressing love, he offered the nurse nothing but his final rose.
After appearing on VH1’s Couples Therapy together, Juan Pablo and Nikki split in October 2014.
Rumors swirled at the time Juan Pablo couldn’t communicate his feelings for Nikki and allegedly used her for the fame of their celebrity pairing.
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"I knew I was never going to be the No. 1 priority, like, he has a daughter. But I mean, there’s a difference between being the second priority and the seventh priority. We’re just different people and… we just never saw eye to eye on [things]," Nikki told Chris Harrison back in January 2015.
"It’s not from a lack of trying on either side. I tried really hard and he tried hard too… It’s just, I’m a nurse in Kansas City and he lives in Miami, and he’s in the entertainment industry… It was just really hard for me to fit into that."
Many The Bachelor fans strongly disliked Juan Pablo during his season for how he treated the women, and those negative opinions spilled onto Nikki for choosing to be with him despite those obvious flaws.
"No one prepares you for what’s going to happen on the show and being in the spotlight… I wanted everyone [to] be happy for me, and I felt like [our situation] was misunderstood for a lot of reasons… the hurtful things that people said to me, it’s just no one can prepare you for that," Nikki added in the interview with The Bachelor host.
In April 2019, Juan Pablo joked with Us Weekly that he was "trying to find a way to trick" his wife "into getting pregnant." He was clearly looking forward to having a bigger family.
However, Juan Pablo and Osmariel broke up in September 2020 after two years of marriage.
Nikki, for her part, married Tyler VanLoo in October 2016 in Kansas City.
Nikki posted a video in November 2019 of Tyler and herself standing at the top of Alberta Peak in Colorado after what appeared to be a romantic hike together.
About The Author: Elizabeth Kwiatkowski
Elizabeth Kwiatkowski is Associate Editor of Reality TV World and has been covering the reality TV genre for more than a decade.