Before ABC announced Arie Luyendyk Jr. as the next Bachelor, some fans were hoping to see Wells Adams in the role, in part because of his stint on Bachelor in Paradise. Though Adams wasn鈥檛 actually a contestant on the show 鈥 he replaced Jorge Moreno as the bartender 鈥 viewers swooned over the romantic moment he shared with Danielle Maltby before she left. Now he鈥檚 opening up about their status in a new interview.

If you鈥檙e unaware of the pair鈥檚 background, they鈥檝e been IRL friends since way back in 2010 and even went on a date several years ago. When they started BIP, though, they insisted they were just close pals 鈥 and then they gave us one of the most talked-about kisses of the season. For all of these reasons (plus the fact that they鈥檙e downright adorable together), fans have been shipping them ever since.

鈥淲e are just friends right now,鈥 Adams told Us Weekly. However, he did give us a little hope by adding, 鈥淚f things progress romantically, we鈥檙e going to take our time with that and not worry about the show or Twitter or anything like that trying to make us something that we鈥檙e not ready to be.鈥

He went on to further explain his thoughts about their situation, saying, 鈥淚 knew always I wanted to make out with her because she鈥檚 gorgeous and awesome and one of my friends.鈥 However, things weren鈥檛 so straightforward back at home. 鈥淸Maltby is] part of my inner circle of friends,鈥 he said. 鈥淪o in Nashville I think it was just too weird.鈥

That鈥檚 why he thinks pursuing things with Maltby while away from home was definitely the right way to go. 鈥淸W]hen we were there [in Paradise], I was like, this might be my shot to see if I lay one on her,鈥 he said. 鈥淚t was a long time coming for me. Then afterwards, she kind of echoed the same thing.鈥

And they weren鈥檛 the only ones who had been waiting for that kiss. Fans were just as eager, with Adams acknowledging, 鈥淚 didn鈥檛 realize at the time everyone was like, 鈥楾his is totally a Jim and Pam situation鈥 [from The Office]. They were all rooting for it. I had no idea at all.鈥

He may have been unaware, but we were certainly conscious of the potential spark and can鈥檛 wait to hear what鈥檚 next for this adorable duo.

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