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Juan Pablo Galavis took a ton of heat at the Bachelor Season 18 "After the Final Rose" special in early March when he refused to say the L-word to Nikki Ferrell. But has he since told her that he loves her?

Us Weekly reports that Juan Pablo has finally said "I love you" to Nikki. Woo-hoo! And while they are still both maintaining residences in separate cities, the two "Skype and text every day and are in constant contact," according to a source. Plus, Juan Pablo says they are currently "talking" about moving closer together. 

There you go: Juan Pabs finally said those three little words. Better late than never, right? In fact, he had previously come pretty darn close to saying "I love you" to her on social media, both with a romantic song he wrote for her and with his comment recently that "love is in the air" for them.

Plus, even though they aren't living in the same city, they manage to spend quite a bit of time together. Juan Pablo posted a photo (above) of them at the 13th annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational golf event on April 5. Of course, whether they'll ever choose to go on a date that doesn't somehow involve sports is another matter.

Do you admire that Juan Pablo waited to say the L-word until he was ready? Or is it a bad sign that him took a while to do so?

Sources: Us Weekly, Us Weekly