Will Peter Weber ever be in The Bachelor again? As the saying goes, never say never, but for now, Pilot Pete isn’t planning it.
The 29-year-old, protagonist of season 24 of The Bachelor, confirmed to E! News in an interview Tuesday April 6 that “there are no ongoing discussions” with ABC for his return to the Bachelor franchise following his split from Kelly Flanagan. Fans began to speculate that the pilot could find love again as The Bachelor after a viral post began circulating on Twitter in early April. The post, which was shared by fan account @BachelorBob_, stated that “ABC is in serious talks with Pilot Pete to give him a second (fourth? Fifth?) Chance to love like the Single. The season would air in January 2022, according to the source. “As fans swarmed the post, it soon became clear that it was all a joke in honor of April Fools’ Day.
“A group of friends sent me screenshots of that,” Weber told E! News, referring to the viral tweet. “I was just as confused as they are, so yeah, I don’t know anything else about that. I am lost in the dark as much as you are. No conversations in progress. “
When asked about a possible return to the franchise at Bachelor in Paradise, Weber revealed that he was not sure he was “100 percent ready” to “seek a relationship” so soon after their split. “I don’t know. I’m still thinking about it,” he told E! News. “I think I’m definitely in a good place right now. I’ve been through a lot of relationship-related stuff in the last two years. I don’t know, necessarily. I don’t know if I’m 100 percent ready yet to go down that road and seriously pursue a relationship for now. I might change my mind, but right now I think it’s kind of a bummer. “
Weber broke up with Flanagan, his girlfriend of nine months, in December 2020. He announced the split in an Instagram post at the time, writing: “Love is a funny thing. It can make you feel on top of the world and it can make you feel pain that you wish wasn’t there. I’m here to share that Kelley and I have decided to go our separate ways. While our relationship was filled with countless beautiful memories, our relationship just didn’t work out in the end. “
He went on to reveal that he was still “grateful” for his relationship with Flanagan, adding, “Kelley is someone I will always have a special love for.” Someone from whom I have learned more than she will ever understand. Someone to whom I am so grateful came into my life and someone to whom I will always wish the greatest blessings in life. These moments in life always hurt, but in my opinion that shows that the time they spent together was worth it. Thanks Kelley. “
Flanagan then addressed the split on her own Instagram post, writing on January 3, “I know a lot of you have already heard the news, but I wanted to take some time to process it myself before sharing … It saddens me to say this. “. but Peter and I have decided to go our separate ways. “
She continued, “Peter and I had an amazing time together and we will definitely miss them. Unfortunately, he and I are in two different stages of our lives and we saw our future paths differently. I wish Peter the best and I want to thank everyone for their continued support as I move on to the next chapter. I still hope to get to New York one of these days, but for now I just want to focus on my happiness! 2021, I can’t wait to see what you have in store! “