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Zach Says Rachel Treated Him ‘Like a Stranger’ in the Fantasy Suite
The ABC star told host Ashley Iaconetti that Recchia treated him “like a stranger” during their overnight night, revealing that their final date wasn’t comfortable.
“There was a complete lack of communication,” he said. “When we got to the actual Fantasy Suite and had that time to fully just talk and figure everything out before the most important date of our lives-she treated me like I was a complete stranger.”
Shallcross said the night felt like a job interview and said his answers “were never good enough” for Recchia.
“There was no comfort there,” he told Ashley.
“The Bachelor” star said his final date with Recchia made him question if her feelings for him were sincere.
“Does she even care for me in the same way I care for her-or even at all?” he said on the podcast.
Shallcross ended his relationship with Recchia after the Fantasy Suite date, telling host Jesse Palmer that his time with the Bachelorette felt “inauthentic.”
“Her response — it felt so cold. I thought, maybe, that I meant more,” Shallcross said on the show, Us Weekly reported.
Zach Says He and Rachel Lacked Communication
Shallcross’s recent appearance on the “Almost Famous” podcast isn’t the first time the “Bachelorette” alum has spoken out about his break up with Recchia.
In a January 2023 interview with Us Weekly, Shallcross said he had “a lot of question marks” during his time with Recchia.
“There was a lot of question marks and a lot of guessing. And when it came down to last season with Rachel, a lot of stuff came to fruition and a lot of big question marks and surprises and that leads to shock,” he said.
The California native said he didn’t want to repeat history on his season of “The Bachelor,” emphasizing the importance of communication in his interview with Us Weekly.
“One thing that I pride myself on is the fact of having communication throughout [my time as the Bachelor],” he told the outlet. “So I even told all the women on night one, like, good or bad, please tell me how you’re feeling. Because I will. I know what I want out of this and I know what it takes to have that healthy relationship … communication. And that lacked with Rachel and I last season.”
Despite their break up, Shallcross and Recchia seem to be on good terms. According to Us Weekly, Recchia told the Hollywood Reporter she would be supporting Shallcross as the next Bachelor in a September 2022 interview.
In an interview with E! News in the following month, Shallcross revealed he got “some closure” with Recchia after “Bachelorette” finale.
“The Bachelor” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on ABC.