The drama of the “Bachelorette: After the Finale Rose” episode unfolded after Rachel Recchia announced that Tino Franco cheated on her after the two got engaged, which led to an awkward reunion live on stage, to which the producers even brought out Rachel’s other ex, Aven Jones, a fan-favorite, to the stage to try and win Rachel back.
Now, weeks after the finale aired, Tino Franco went onto Nick Viall’s podcast to speak about the drama and to take accountability for his action. He also revealed if he is still in love with Rachel.
Does Tino Still Love Rachel?
“I really, really loved Rachel through the whole process,” Tino told Nick Viall during a recent episode of his podcast “The Viall Files”, “and I still think about her every day.”
Tino continued, “It’s just after everything that has transpired, I think the best way to put it is — I’ve moved on.”
Thinking back to his time on the show, and his connection with Rachel then, he explained, “We really, really fell extremely in love and it was something beautiful that I haven’t experienced, like, that unique style of love, because this is the most unique situation ever. But I think real life plays a huge role in that and I think there is somebody who is just more compatible for her out there, and that guts me even two months after the breakup. ”
However, the 28-year-old is so grateful he met Rachel and he will never forget his time with her. “I mean, if she ever needed something and needed to call me, I’d always answer,” Tino said. “I’ll always care about her and appreciate our time together, and she set the bar really high for my future fiance. I really appreciate the hell out of her, but I just think it’s time to move on.”
Tino Spoke To Aven After the Show
During the “Bachelorette” live finale, Tino came out on stage to talk with Rachel, but things did not go well. After the nation watched the awkward conversation between Rachel and Tino, host Jesse Palmer shocked Rachel, and the viewers, when he said someone was there who “demanded” to talk to Rachel.
Aven, Rachel’s runner-up, walked out on stage as everyone cheered. He asked, “I was just wondering if you want to get out of here and just catch up?” To which, Rachel replied with, “I would love nothing more.”
This happened all while Tino was sitting right there.
After the stunt, Tino admitted that he and Aven spoke about what happened and there are no hard feelings.
“Aven’s a great dude, Aven’ super nice and always straightforward and super accountable,” Tino began to tell Nick Viall. “Much like it says in the media, I don’t think he knew I was going to be out there when he came out and he reached out the night of “AFR” where I think my phone was off. He texted me that night and said ‘Hey I’m really sorry, that was tough’ and then we talked on the phone the next day too.”