Last week, Sean Lowe sat in a room by himself and watched his final episode of The Bachelor, which airs Monday night on ABC. “It’s really weird,” he says. Even though he wrapped filming in November, “it seems like it was just yesterday. It brought up a lot of memories, some of which were really good, some of which were pretty painful.”
Before the finale, Lowe, 29, had narrowed his potential soulmate down to two women: Catherine Giudici, a 26-year-old visual designer, and Lindsay Yenter, a 24-year-old substitute teacher. Ahead of the rose ceremony, he answered our questions about his decision, wedding plans, and—most important—his abs.
Is this a tearful finale?
The funny thing is, outside of hearing Ashley’s story of her adoption, I haven’t cried at all. And the emotion kind of comes out of me in the last episode. You’ll see me cry, and you’ll see the women cry as well. With Lindsay and Catherine as my final two women, I had a hard time. I think America has seen that—figuring out which woman is best suited for me. Or am I supposed to be with either of them? It’s kind of grueling for me to think about! I got some mental warfare going on, going back and forth, back and forth.
As you deliberated, did you ever think about staying single?
I definitely had moments where I questioned whether or not I should be with anyone, since I have such strong feelings for two women and that’s an unnatural feeling. So yeah.
Did your family help?
They were very helpful. As everyone knows, I’m very close to my family. They weren’t giving me their opinions as much as, “Trust yourself. We know you’re going to do the right thing. We’re here to support you.” That’s what I needed. My sister knows me probably better than anyone else.
Did God play a role in your decision?
All week long, I kept asking myself: Can I marry her? Can I marry her? I was just trying to figure out what’s my heart telling me to do. Did I feel like God is leading me in a direction? I didn’t get any answers all week long. I was really starting to stress out about it. I think it was the night before the very last day when I got some clarity. I knew the decision I was about to make was the right decision for me.
Do your abs make a final appearance in the episode?
This is more of an emotional episode, but of course they work some shots of the abs in. They definitely do! The show lasted about 10 weeks to film. I was busy every single day, so I wasn’t able to work out. In the first episode, I got a nice six-pack. As the season progresses, I get softer and softer. I was eating two meals a day and they were bad—Thai food—and not working out. That catches up to you.
Did you know how many shirtless shots they were going to use throughout the season?
I knew they would use shirtless shots. I didn’t know how much they would use them. Now I think everybody assumes I just never wear a shirt. That’s actually not true! I do wear a shirt from time to time.
Will you get married?
And have kids?
Of course, I love kids. I’ve got my niece and nephew that I adore. One day, I’d like to have my own.
Will you have roses at your wedding?
I would be a happy man if I never saw another rose for the rest of my life. I’m so over the roses.
What’s the biggest difference between starring on The Bachelor and a contestant on The Bachelorette?
I would say being The Bachelor is a lot more stressful. You don’t get a break. It’s day after day, you’re constantly going on all these dates, and you have to be “on” when you’re on these dates. You have to be engaged in the conversations, and you have to make sure the women are enjoying their time. That’s not always easy; it gets physically exhausting. On The Bachelorette, when I wasn’t with Emily, I was just hanging with the guys and having a good time. It was like a big frat house.
After The Bachelor ends, what are your plans?
I really don’t have any plans. I’m staying open-minded.
Your job is ...
Custom furniture. I’ve been in that business since May of last year, so not very long. Lucky for me, I can do most of my job remotely, and I have two wonderful business partners who can pick up the slack while I’m gone. I love what I do. I’m definitely looking forward to getting back to that.
Are the reports true that you’ll be doing Dancing With the Stars?
That’s something that, um, I don’t know. I don’t know if I’m the best dancer. I don’t know if it’s the right opportunity for me. We’ll have to see how it plays out.
You have a lot of Twitter followers. What do your fans ask you?
Ha. I get all kinds of things. It’s usually, “Sean, I’d love to meet you.” “Will you marry me?” “Will you go to my prom?” All kinds of crazy stuff. Out of all the followers, I’m guessing 99.999 percent of them are women, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But it’s almost like, if I see a guy tweet me, I almost want to respond. It’s refreshing to hear from a guy on Twitter.
What do men want to know?
I get a lot of guys that ask me about my workout routine. Depending on the question, I generally tell them, you’ve got to eat clean. You got to spend time in the weight room. You got to do cardio. If you do those three things, you can get in shape pretty quickly.