Luke Pell may not have won JoJo Fletcher’s heart, but it seems he may have moved on to another Bachelor woman.
In March, Pell suggested to US Weekly that he was romantically involved with Danielle Lombard from Nick Viall’s season.
“She’s a great girl,” Pell told the outlet. “But we haven’t gotten to know each other yet. We haven’t even had a real, proper date or anything yet.”
He also admitted that he wasn’t interested in rushing anything: “I’m just trying to get to know people and try to take everything slow… Some people assume it’s easier to date after the show, because people know who you are and people are comfortable with who you already are. But I’m like, no, it’s more complicated because people assume things, and everything’s in the public.”
Later in March, Pell spoke to E! to set the record straight about his relationship with Lombard. He told the outlet that back when rumors started swirling about him and Danielle, he’d only just met her. “That was literally the second time that Danielle [and I] had met.” He said that he and Danielle were still getting to know each other. “We have a lot of fun together the few times that we’ve been able to hang out…”
Recently, Pell’s relationship with Lombard hasn’t made any headlines, though, leading fans to wonder if the budding relationship is over. Interestingly enough, there’s been some buzz over whether or not Pell will be the next bachelor. An August 4 article in the Hollywood Reporter stated that the ABC reality franchise hasn’t yet chosen it’s next Bachelor, and Chris Harrison said himself that the network is taking its time with the decision.
Ahead of the Men Tell All reunion special, Harrison told THR, “More than likely the next Bachelor will come out of the final three because that’s what history tells us… But we’re also going wait to see what happens with Bachelor in Paradise, because that’s where Nick came from last year.”
Pell was pinned to be the last bachelor, but Nick Viall ended up getting the position. In March, he explained the recasting to US Weekly, saying, “The casting department thought it was going to be me,… Then the changes were made at levels above their pay grades, which is why they reopened casting and they’re like, ‘OK, how many girls will stay for Nick? How many new ones do we need specifically for Nick?’ and they just had to go back to the drawing board with that whole thing.”