His debut on season 8 Bachelor in Paradise, Aaron ClancyClarifying his relationship with Genevieve Parisi — and teasing what’s to come.
The 28-year old Bachelorette alum told Us Weekly that he was “shocked” when Shanae AnkneyAlluded at All is revealed by womenGenevieve, 27 and Aaron, were hooked up off camera in March.
“I didn’t think that my name would be mentioned. I thought I was completely irrelevant,” he said on Us’ “Here for the Right Reasons” podcast. “Essentially what really happened was I just met Genevieve — I had met her twice, but just in passing randomly at a bar. [We]We exchanged a few words and hugged each other, but [were]Completely platonic. I didn’t really even know her.”
Fans saw Genevieve and Aaron sitting next to one another at the event weeks later. Clayton Echard’s After the Final Rose taping.
“The seating arrangement isn’t random. They did it intentionally. [it] wasn’t our choice. Nothing has changed [between us],” Aaron insisted.
Genevieve was reportedly intrigued by the speculation and decided to pursue him once he arrived in Mexico.
“It made me really kind of look and see — is there potentially something [there]Why not give it a try? We’re both on the beach, that’s what it’s for,” he said. “I definitely figured, ‘Why not?’”
Aaron added that he went into the season with an “open mind” and wasn’t “targeting anyone” specifically. Aaron was last seen by fans on season 7. BiP.
“Obviously, you know, I did find love with James the previous season,” he joked to UseAbout bestie James Bonsall. “But it didn’t really work out the way I had hoped. You try to find a romantic connection, so figured why not give it one more shot.”
As for what he learned in between seasons, Aaron added: “My biggest thing was not to be so impulsive [and] reactionary. I think the first season was more emotionally driven than this one. So yeah, just really maturing and understanding how the process works a little bit better.”
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