Blake Horstmann has revealed there's someone from The Bachelor franchise he's romantically interested in, and that person is Kristina Schulman.

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"Bachelor Nation crush, wow, there are so many amazing women to be honest," Blake told Extra. "It would have to be Kristina Schulman probably."

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In response to rumors Blake and Kristina have been dating, Blake replied, "We have been hanging out," before letting out a nervous laugh.

Blake finished as the runner-up on Becca Kufrin's season of The Bachelorette earlier this year, while Kristina, a dental hygienist from Lexington, KY, competed for Nick Viall's heart and then dated Dean Unglert on Bachelor in Paradise's fourth season last year.

"We've been hanging out, but it's this weird thing where like, you know how before the show you can [see] somebody -- before you actually have to date them -- and get to know them? That's harder now [being famous]. It's very hard now," Blake explained.

The sales representative from Bailey, CO, then elaborated, "It's public and it's a very weird thing." But Blake, who is clearly still getting used to fame, noted Kristina is a great girl.

The former The Bachelorette bachelor denied to reveal, however, whether he wants his romance with Kristina to become something serious. He said it's still "early" in their relationship to say such a thing.

"I'm dating, in general. It's a fun time in my life right now for sure," Blake explained.

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"It's hard though because [people]... pretty much know everything about me [already]. That's how it is when I go on dates now. They know so much about me to begin with and they have this picture of who I am and what I am. So it's kind of hard to, not necessarily live up to that, but it's weird when somebody knows so much about you on your very first date."

Blake told Extra it doesn't matter whether a woman knows him when they go on a date, as long as they have a connection and she can make him laugh. Blake also expressed how he doesn't have a physical type.

In addition, Blake slammed speculation he ever dated Bachelor in Paradise's Tia Booth. Blake admitted it's "crazy" fans see one photo of him with a woman and automatically assume they're an item.

"It's a new feeling, that's for sure," Blake said. "It's a new world."

Blake was a frontrunner to become The Bachelor's Season 23 star but the gig was ultimately given to Colton Underwood instead. The Bachelor's new season is set to premiere in January 2019.

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