Peter Kraus was a fan favorite to become the next Bachelor after his budding romance with Rachel Lindsay came to a heartbreaking end on season 13 of The Bachelorette. But in a surprise turn of events, Arie Luyendyk Jr. was chosen as the season 22 star instead. Now, Kraus is opening up about why he wasn’t ready to look for love on TV again.

“It was such an emotional roller coaster,” he told Entertainment Tonight of his experience on The Bachelorette, which left both him and Lindsay in tears when he told her he couldn’t propose. “I didn’t feel like I had enough time to process the season and After the Final Rose, and where I was at in my own life at the time. I needed more time for clarity. I’m the type of person who needs maybe too much time to process things when it comes to life and love…when I’m talking about my wife and my future, I want to take time to really think about it.”

The trainer and dietitian said he initially talked with producers about starring on the next season of TheBachelor in order to “weigh out” his options. Ultimately, he realized he wasn’t in the right place emotionally for another stint with the franchise, though he said conversations with producers were built on “mutual respect.” He also told ET that fear factored into his decision about The Bachelor, which might explain his cryptic tweet the night before ABC made the announcement about Luyendyk.

“Fear came from other people’s opinions, which I don’t know if I should guide my life on that, but I do take what people say very personally,” he explained. “I’m constantly reading how awful I am for even considering being the Bachelor, so I let fear kind of guide me. I was afraid of what people would say. I was afraid of what people would think, and I was afraid of not being able to live up to the amazing standards that are the lead of that position.”

Now that his time on TV is behind him (for now), Kraus is focusing on his business. If The Bachelor ever came calling again, though, he’d consider it. “I think I just have to be emotionally in the right place in my life,” he admitted. “If I’m not ready, I’m not ready. I’m not out there searching for fame or attention or money, so if I were to do it, it would be because it felt truly right at that stage in my life.”

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