Jason Mesnick, the new star of The Bachelor, admits he hasn't been on a date since DeAnna Pappas spurned him on The Bachelorette.
"I haven't dated at all since DeAnna," he says. "I wanted to give myself time to heal so that when I got out there again I'd be ready to give whoever I am with the respect and attention she deserves."
But Mesnick, the 32-year-old single dad from Seattle, is looking forward to the opportunity to find love on the 13th season of The Bachelor:
"I am ready. I am ready and open to giving these girls everything I can to find the one that is right for me. All I am missing, really, is someone to share my life with," he said.
"There's no guarantee but 25 girls? It's a real opportunity to find just one."
Jason Mesnick says he was approached to do The Bachelor at the "After the Final Rose Special" by the show's producers.
"All I could think was, 'Oh man, I am so excited' - mostly because really I am just the most regular guy you could ever come across and for this to be happening to me is unbelievable," he said.
"It just leaves me completely speechless."