Vanessa Grimaldi Addresses 'Difficulties' in Her Relationship with Nick Viall Post-'Bachelor'
Vanessa Grimaldi got candid about her relationship and subsequent breakup with Nick Viall on Monday’s episode of "The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons — Ever!" which focused on Season 21 of the show.
Vanessa and Nick got engaged at the end of the season, then announced their split about six months later. Vanessa spoke with Chris Harrison during the "Greatest Seasons — Ever!" episode and the host asked about some of the "difficulties" she and Nick ran into during the course of their relationship.
The 32-year-old discussed how hard it was "jumping into the relationship" right after the show finished filming, which involved her moving from Montreal, Canada, to the United States to be with Nick.
She said, "I moved, I was in a new country, I was in a new relationship, so all the newness of life in the outside world where there’s millions of people watching you and following your every move" exacerbated the stress.
"It was difficult to navigate through that," she said.
Vanessa expressed that she and Nick "absolutely did" try to make their relationship work, but in the end, they called off the engagement. She also revealed in her interview with Chris Harrison that she and Nick "recently reconnected" via text.
Vanessa shared, "I think when the relationship ended, we weren’t the right fit for each other and it was a mutual understanding. There was mutual respect after the relationship ended. Time heals all, and I’m so grateful that I did the show and I’m so grateful for all the opportunities that came out of it."
She's now engaged and happy as can be! On Monday, she wrote a long note on Instagram about her experience on the show and how she’s changed as a person over the last few years.
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Vanessa explained in her caption, "I really didn't know what to post for tonight's episode. So many feelings have come through for me. But the big difference between how I am and feel now versus then, is the genuine feeling I have of being at peace."
She admitted, "Back when we were filming and after the show ended, I was the most insecure I have ever been. I felt small and insignificant. I would read all the troll comments and ignore the beautiful and thoughtful messages that were coming my way. I questioned my identity and my purpose. I felt lost."
Now, she is "finally at peace," thanks to her new relationship and other healing she did along the way.
Vanessa concluded her note, "If I hadn't gone on @bachelorabc gone through a public breakup, have people send me hurtful comments and messages, I wouldn't be the person I am today: resilient. In the end, it will always make sense. Always."