Peter and Madison filmed a brief reunion in California after Peter called off his engagement to Hannah Ann Sluss, but the fate of Peter and Madison's relationship was undecided until they met again on the March 10 finale of The Bachelor, which featured the pair officially getting back together.
But just two days later on March 12, Peter and Madison announced in separate statements on Instagram they had decided to call it quits.
During a Tuesday appearance on Nick Viall's The Viall Files podcast, Peter opened up about the rise and fall of his revived romance with Madison and insisted none of it was staged for entertainment.
"Listen, right now, from the horse's mouth, none of that was fake. None of that was staged or was put on by the show, making it seem like I was into Madi and I really wasn't, no -- that wasn't true," Peter said.
"After she had come to surprise me, I had gotten her number and we started talking."
Peter said he didn't see Madison again physically until they reunited onstage for The Bachelor finale.
"But we were able to talk and have some good, honest conversations. Conversations, yeah, that we should've had when we were dating on the show," Peter explained.
"Looking back on it, I feel like we should've tried to see each other before we showed up on stage together. That shouldn't have been the first time. The reason we did that -- and we talked about it -- was we wanted it to be completely authentic."
Peter therefore confirmed it was a choice he and Madison made together to reunite in front of a live audience and The Bachelor viewers at home, before admitting, "And I don't know if it was the best choice."
"We FaceTimed and talked on the phone. We just didn't physically see each other, and who knows, it probably wasn't the right decision. And all those feelings were real that got brought back," the pilot said.
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Peter insisted he didn't know how things were going to play or turn out once Madison joined him onstage at The Bachelor finale on March 10.
Barbara -- who claimed Madison didn't want to meet them and made them wait three hours -- also preached how Peter and Madison's relationship would never work out.
"Honestly, I think she was put in a very difficult position, a very uncomfortable position. And I hated seeing her in that kind of environment," Peter said of Madison, adding however, that "maybe a quick apology" from Madison "could've gone a long way."
Once the finale was over, Peter recalled it being a "tough" time.
"[Madison and I] left the stage together. We were supposed to do some press, but we just couldn't do it. We just weren't in the right headspace," Peter told Nick.
"She went to her hotel to talk to her family for a bit, then she came over to my hotel, and we were able to chat for a little bit. That night, [we were] mainly just trying to be there for each other and just support each other. We didn't have some in-depth convos that night. She went back to her place."
"The next day," Peter continued, "her mom had flown out and came out [to Los Angeles] to spend some time with her. So, I didn't see her that day. We just talked on the phone."
The following day, Peter said he and Madison "pretty much spent the entire day together." The couple was determined to address their future and any lingering issues they might have had.
After making jokes about getting married, Peter and Madison has a serious talk about logistics.
"[We were like], 'Okay, let's figure this out. Is this something that we can do?'" Peter shared.
"I remember going over to her hotel, and that was a really rough day. It was super sad. I remember for probably six hours, we stayed on her bed there, we laughed, we cried, we hugged each other, we said nothing, we talked. It was rough."
Nick called Peter's split from Madison "a classic breakup," and Peter agreed for the most part.
"You go through relationships where you have a lot of ups and downs and you've maybe broken up a couple times, but there comes this one breakup where you know it's actually done now and there is going to be a second [chance]. It's no more," Peter shared.
"We just proved my mom right by the end of it, through the stuff we talked about."
Barbara claimed Peter and Madison were never going to work out because they weren't compatible and their daily lifestyles are too different.
Barbara, for example, pointed out that Peter loves to drink and party on the weekends and Madison seemed much more religious and faith-driven in her hobbies.
While a lot of people assume Peter couldn't handle waiting until marriage to have sex with Madison, however, Peter insisted that wasn't the case.
During a different appearance on Bachelor Happy Hour podcast with The Bachelorette alums Rachel Lindsay and Becca Kufrin, Peter revealed he returned home after announcing on Instagram he and Madison were over.
"So that day, when I left her hotel, I went home and that was the first time I saw my family," Peter explained.
"First, I went in, gave them a hug and told them I loved them and everything. And then I expressed what just happened with Madi and I and what we had decided to do, and I began that whole healing process with my family and everything and just sticking together."
For the last two weeks, Peter has been self-quarantining with The Bachelor contestant Kelley Flanagan. Peter insisted to Nick they're not currently dating; however, he admitted there is hope in the future for them to work out as a couple.