Peter and Kelley, whom Peter eliminated before hometown dates on The Bachelor's 24th season, have been self-quarantining with each other in her hometown of Chicago, IL, for about two weeks now amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Given flirty photos of the pair roaming the streets in Chicago surfaced online late last month and they've since posted a playful TikTok video, fans have been speculating there is something romantic going on between them.
"Are we dating? No. Do I love spending time with her? Absolutely. We're not dating. Could I see that in the future? I'm always transparent -- yeah, of course," Peter toldNick Viall on The Viall Files podcast.
"I could definitely see that in the future. I'd be extremely lucky and very happy if that happened... I think the world of her."
Nick asked Peter why he seems so reluctant to date Kelley if he could absolutely envision them being together.
"Of anyone, I'm the last person that needs to rush into any kind of relationship. I just had an engagement that didn't work out. I just was trying to pursue things with another woman that didn't work out," Peter admitted.
"[Kelley and I] are just enjoying each other's time and company, and I've been very honest with her, and she agrees... I've been through an emotional roller coaster."
Peter explained in detail how he and Kelley began spending time with each other just through chance meetings, even before The Bachelor aired its live finale on March 10 and Peter announced his breakup with Madison two days later.
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"There's a lot of stuff that people don't know. Honestly, my relationship with Kelley has been a lot of things that are just kind of very serendipitous. You go all the way back to the very beginning -- us running into each other before any of this stuff started... Obviously, the show happened and it didn't work out for us on that show," Peter told Nick.
"Over the Super Bowl, I was in Miami and I had the opportunity to go to the Super Bowl with my brother, and I ran into her on the Saturday night before the Super Bowl... I had just broken up with Hannah Ann."
Peter said he saw Kelley -- whom he met and connected with even before The Bachelor began filming last year when the pair bumped into each other in a Malibu hotel -- and his "jaw just dropped."
"I was like, 'What?! No way! What are the odds?' We've run into each other randomly on both coasts of the United States. Like, that's insane, completely unplanned!... I just gave her a hug and that was it... It was just a crazy coincidence and a brief, 'Hi, how are you? How are you doing?' I gave her a hug and we ended up getting out of there," Peter shared.
Peter's relationship with Kelley on The Bachelor, which began filming in September 2019, was apparently not indicative of the chemistry and dynamic they share off-screen.
"Kelley was not good for the show. She was not comfortable ever and never felt in her element. She was almost too smart for the show, she was always two steps ahead and trying to overthink it," Peter insisted.
"Our relationship on the show, it didn't really play out in the best way for us. It just wasn't going to work on the show if it was ever going to work out for us, if that makes sense."
"I was texting [Demi Burnett's ex-fiancee Kristian Haggerty], asking her if she wanted to come out with us. She comes out with us, she's with Kelley. Me not knowing this, they show up, I see Kelley again... jaw drops," Peter said.
"I was like, 'This is insane! What are the odds of this?!' So we chat, we end up hanging out and that's when I got her number. We started to communicate and just stay in touch."
Peter told Nick his friendship with Kelley resulted in the pair choosing to quarantine with each other.
"She's always been supportive of me... Long story short, I wasn't working so I thought I'd go out there [to Chicago] and spend some time with her, take her mind off some [family] things. And that's what I did," Peter explained.
"I flew out to Chicago right when everything was starting to hit with the quarantine stuff... and it kind of just became a thing where we've always gotten along really well, and just had really good chemistry."
"We just enjoy each other's company," the pilot elaborated, "and I just decided to quarantine up here with Dustin as well. He lives in Chicago."
Peter, who had been quarantining himself in his parents' home in California prior to traveling to Chicago, noted he thought it would be safer to not go home since he's still working for Delta Airlines as an essential employee and could be subjected to coronavirus.
Kelley and Nick posted a photo with each other from a party Chris Harrison hosted in Los Angeles in March on Instagram and Chris commented on the picture that the pair looked "so cozy" together at the event.
Nick, however, subsequently insisted there's nothing going on between them and he was well aware posting the photo would cause a stir.