Bachelor star Nick Viall got engaged to the Canadian teacher during last night's finale. The couple celebrated their engagement with a sleigh ride in snowy Finland and plenty of kisses, but their appearance during the After the Final Rose special left many fans — including a few Bachelor and Bachelorette alums — cold.
Many viewers felt the lovebirds seemed stiff and tense as they spoke about "difficult" moments in their relationship.
"We have a very open relationship in terms of communication," Grimaldi shared with host Chris Harrison. "We're very honest with each other — I don't sweep anything under the rug, neither does he. … And it's been hard. You know, we live in two different countries, [and we're] starting a relationship where you don't get the chance to see each other every day and do normal things. When we do see each other, it's in a house. I love him, we love each other, but there are days that have been difficult."
"There are days that have been difficult," Viall echoed later on.
Both spoke about the challenges facing them as a couple, and made it clear that they are not yet in the throes of wedding planning. Grimaldi, who mentioned that she's not "the easiest person to be with" because she (egads!) speaks her mind, did add that they are "just excited for our next chapter in our life and to see what the future is in store for us."
Those watching at home weren't really feeling the mood.
Original Bachelorette Trista Sutter also expressed her doubts.
"I am always hopeful for happy endings, especially when it comes to my #bachelornation family, but @VanessaGrimaldi doesn't seem happy?"
Perhaps this tweet nailed it best.