The Bachelor alum Peter Weber has addressed dating rumors and whether he still considers himself to be a single bachelor.

"Pilot Pete is very single and is ready to mingle and [go on] dates," Peter said during a recent appearance on the "Off the Vine with Kaitlyn Bristowe" podcast.

"I keep saying this has probably been one of the best years of my life so far," continued The Bachelor's Season 24 star.

"I am loving this energy and there's something I feel that's really, really good about 2024. I can feel, finally, I hope -- and fingers crossed -- that a relationship comes out of this [year]."

Peter added, "My last relationship would be ideal, so I'm very optimistic."


Peter, who recently appeared on The Traitors, has been the subject of dating rumors in recent months.

Many fans assumed Peter was romantically involved with his The Traitors co-star Ekin-Su Culculoglu after his mother, Barbara Weber, posted a photo posing and smiling with her on Instagram.

And then more recently, the commercial pilot was spotted out with former The Hills star Audrina Patridge.

When asked about his relationship with Ekin-Su, Peter set the record straight.

"We're really, really good friends. I obviously get everyone commenting on that and [my mom's] picture probably confused people," Peter explained.

Kaitlyn pointed out how Ekin-Su is "hot," and Peter was quick to agree.

"She is beautiful," The Bachelorette 15 alum noted. "She is beautiful, but she's out in London filming Big Brother right now, so we're just really, really and truly good friends."
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Peter pointed out how he and Ekin-Su are "very much alike" and get along "super well."

"But yeah, we're just really good friends," he reiterated.

Kaitlyn went on to question Peter about his dynamic with Audrina and whether their relationship is purely platonic.

"That's just work. I've got some exciting stuff possibly coming up in the future with her and I," Peter clarified.

"It was super, super random. You never know who you're going to meet through different experiences. But we actually connected when I was in L.A. for the [Traitors] reunion. Once of those nights, I met up with Audrina for the first time... and we had a good little meeting there."

Peter called Audrina "an awesome person" and said they really vibed as friends.

"We get along super well. She's such a sweetheart. So yeah, I am excited to see what happens there," Peter told The Bachelorette's Season 11 star.

Peter teased how these projects he mentioned "are in the works" and it's an exciting time for him.

"They are two possible hosting gigs, which would be really sweet. I've never thought about ever getting into that," Peter admitted.

"But [Audrina] had these two really cool ideas, and one is definitely up my alley, which I would love to do. So we did a little sizzle reel this past weekend, and we'll see where it goes."


Kaitlyn said she's shipping Peter and Audrina as a potential couple, and the pilot responded, "You never know!"

Following a three-year relationship with Kelley Flanagan, who placed fifth on Peter's The Bachelor season in 2020, Peter announced their relationship was over in April 2023. One month later, Peter confirmed that he was single again.

Kelley then announced in June that she's in a new relationship with Ari Raptis, who founded Talaria Transportation & Melly Home Delivery as well as a software system intended to provides a logistics system for the marijuana industry.

Prior to getting into this industry, Ari attended Saint Joseph's University and owned a pub and grill in Pennsylvania.

Peter and Kelley began dating in early 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic and announced their first split on New Year's Eve 2021. It didn't take long for the couple to try again, but then they broke up in February 2021, with Kelley confirming the revived romance ended "really badly."

Peter and Kelley sparked speculation they were back together -- again -- in August 2022 via flirty social media posts and public appearances. They ultimately went Instagram official with their relationship for the second time in October of that year.

"We're definitely keeping it a little bit more private this time around just because we kind of have that luxury that we didn't have last time," Peter told Us Weekly in December 2022.

And Peter added, "It's been really, really special. I think we're both enjoying how it's been the second time around and things happen for a reason. And I can say I'm very happy."

Kelley agreed that she was "happy," adding, "I genuinely am. We get along, we connect."

Given Peter and Kelley had already broken up once before, they explained why things were different, and better, the second time around.

"I think coming off the show, you have to go through a lot of stuff that puts a lot more pressure on you and this time around it's a lot more relaxed, so it's easier," Kelley explained to Us.


A Bachelor-Nation source told E! News in September 2022 that Peter had "initiated the reunion" with Kelley.

Kelley reportedly "couldn't deny" her chemistry with Peter when they were apart and so she decided to give him another chance.

An insider also told Us at the time that Peter wanted to be in a serious committed relationship.

"His feelings for Kelley never went away," the insider said, adding, "They're both happy and looking forward to where things go this time around."

Many fans were surprised about Peter and Kelley's reunion because their first breakup was a bad one.

Kelley said on the "Chicks in the Office" podcast in May 2021 that she had told Peter to "get out of my life and lose my number" when they split a couple of months earlier.

Kelley also insisted at the time she'd "just run" from the children's book author -- whom she claimed has childlike-hobbies such as collecting Pokemon cards and playing video games -- if she ever bumped into him on the streets of New York.

Things turned nasty when Peter addressed Kelley's biting remarks during a May 2021 episode of his "Bachelors in the City" podcast, telling his listeners that Kelley seemed to be riding the fame wave and trying to push headlines with her "calculated and disingenuous" statements.

Kelley subsequently called Peter "extremely disrespectful" on social media, but she and Peter ultimately wished each other the best and moved on.

Back in May 2022, Kelley described the downfall of her relationship with Peter.

While Kelley noted it wasn't "one specific thing" that led to their demise, she told Mike Johnson and Bryan Abasolo on the "Talking It Out with Bachelor Nation" podcast, "I think it was just a lot of little things. You know what? Peter and I had a lot of fun, but I don't know if, like, I looked up to him in a way that I wanted to look up to my spouse."

Kelley elaborated on how she has that type of admiration for her brothers and her father, and she said Peter never gave her great advice when she needed it.

When asked what qualities she was looking for in her future spouse, Kelley shared, "Someone who is super intelligent that can teach me things, like something new every day."

She clarified how Peter was "actually really smart when it came to aviation" but she wanted someone "a little more serious-natured,"

At the time, Kelley hadn't "heard from" Peter or any of his family members at all.

Peter placed third on Hannah Brown's The Bachelorette season before starring as the Bachelor in 2020.

Peter and Kelley briefly met at a wedding venue before The Bachelor's 24th season began filming, so they wondered if their relationship was destined.

But Peter dumped Kelley before his Final 4 women's hometown dates because she had trouble opening up and being herself on-camera.

Peter began dating Kelley in early 2020 after his engagement to Hannah Ann Sluss ended and his post-The Bachelor relationship with Madison Prewett never got off the ground.


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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.