Chris Soules: Dating since 'The Bachelor' has been really hard, I want nothing more than a wife and kids
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/15/2017
Chris Soules once had 30 beautiful women to choose from when he starred on Season 19 of The Bachelor, but now, he admits he's not having much luck in his dating life.
"It's been really, still hard," Soules told People at a viewing party in California for this week's The Bachelor finale.
"I feel like I'm saying this all the time, but you watch the show, and you watch the reason that I went on the show, because I live in the middle of nowhere, and there's not a lot of women, so it's hard to date."
As fans recall, the Iowa native hoped to find a woman who would be excited to start a life with him on his family's large Arlington farm, but the farm is pretty much the desolate city's main attraction.
"After dating 30 women on national television, I don't know if it jades you a little bit, and if it doesn't work out, you kind of feel like taking a break from dating," continued Soules, who told Reality TV World in Summer 2016 his dating "standards" changed after being the Bachelor.
So until he finds "the one," Soules told People, "I've sort of been trying to be me and catch up on things that are really important to me that have been there for me for my whole life. Whether it's family, work, taking on some neat opportunities to raise money for charities. It's kind of where I've put my focus instead of dating for a while."
Soules won't give up on his search for love, however, since he "for sure" wants to get married and have kids in the near future.
"There is nothing more that I want than a family, and children, and a wife, and a partner in life," said Soules. "People ask why single people are still single. That's because I think a lot of people just are trying to find the right person."
In other words, Soules is pretty picky and doesn't find anything wrong with that.
"I'm conscientious about who that [woman] is going to be and knowing that I make the right decision for myself, my family, and my business -- somebody who can embrace what I'm doing and appreciate all those things. And that's going to happen," Soules insisted. "It's just a matter of time."
As for right now, Soules seems okay with being a bachelor.
"I'm still the single guy," he noted to the magazine. "Everybody else is dating somebody! Everybody's got boyfriends, they're all doing well in life, and that's what it's about."
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But Soules may be up for an appearance on Season 4 of Bachelor in Paradise this summer. He told Entertainment Tonight in a recent interview that he's "already been asked" to join the cast and wouldn't mind meeting a few bachelorettes from Nick Viall's season of The Bachelor, which just wrapped.
His main concern though with a stint on Bachelor in Paradise? Soules joked with ET that he'd be the "chubby" guy on the beach trying to date girls when he's up against guys with abs.
Soules proposed to Whitney Bischoff at the conclusion of hisThe Bachelor season, but they split seven months after he popped the question in an Iowa barn in 2014 and only two months after the March 2015 finale aired on ABC.
The couple's breakup seemed to come shortly after his Dancing with the Stars participation.