Samantha Highfill
March 12, 2014 AT 03:05 PM EDT

After a controversial Bachelor season that ended with an even more controversial After the Final Rose show, Juan Pablo and Nikki are finally free to live publicly. And despite Juan Pablo talking about his desire to keep certain things private, the couple did agree to grace the latest cover of People Magazine.

In their interview, Juan Pablo explains, “I don’t feel there’s a need to propose to somebody if I don’t feel 100 percent. I didn’t know Nikki. I want to know more, a lot more.”

As for Nikki, she says, “Had he gotten down on one knee, I absolutely would have said yes. But having a ring on my finger wouldn’t stop us from breaking up. What’s going to keep us together is having a real relationship. I’d rather have him propose when he feels it’s right.”

After reiterating that he’s “not a bad guy,” Juan Pablo says that the couple is taking things one day at a time. “We’re not in a rush.”

And that’s probably a good thing, considering we know what happens when Juan Pablo is in a rush. (Hint: Late-night swims and offensive comments.)

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