Nayte, a 27-year-old sales executive from Austin, TX, had only seen one season of The Bachelor franchise before competing for Michelle's heart, and he received Michelle's First Impression Rose out of the 30 suitors she met on Night 1 in a moment that aired on The Bachelorette's Season 18 premiere Tuesday night.
When asked if he understood the weight the First Impression Rose carries in The Bachelor world, Nayte replied during Wednesday's episode of the "Bachelor Happy Hour" podcast, "I wasn't."
Nayte explained to the podcast's host Becca Kufrin and guest Tayshia Adams, "Obviously, you can assume that it's just who Michelle had a really good first impression of, right?"
"But, like, the world of Bachelor Nation? No, I didn't have a clue," he said.
It wasn't until later that day when Nayte's roommate and Bachelorette buddy Rodney Mathews -- who dressed like an apple on Night 1 -- told Nayte how meaningful the First Impression Rose tends to be.
"[Rodney] was like, 'Man, that's big time, you got the First Impression Rose,'" Nayte recalled.
And Nayte insisted he had "no inkling at all" that Michelle would be giving him the First Impression Rose.
"I blacked out so hard in our first conversation. I can't even tell you what we talked about," Nayte revealed, adding that the process was moving "so fast."
Michelle decided to give Nayte her first rose as a sign of gratitude for his ability to open up and share some of his story, despite admitting he has a tough time being vulnerable in relationships.
Nayte shared with Michelle how he wants a lasting love and an affectionate household after watching his parents divorce when he was four years old and then going through a similar situation when his mother divorced his stepfather fairly recently.
Becca, who starred on The Bachelorette's fourteenth season, gave Nayte a quick "history lesson" on her podcast and explained how the man who receives a Bachelorette's First Impression Rose is often the bachelor who wins the final rose at the end of a season.