If you’ve already begun mourning the end of Juan Pablo Galavis and Nikki Ferrell’s relationship, you may have gotten ahead of yourself. The couple which got together at the end of Bachelor 18 — though they did not get engaged  — started sparking split rumors early this week when Juan Pablo was spotted getting really close to a woman that was not Nikki in Atlantic City. But now, a friend of the controversial Bachelor has spoken out, insisting that they are still going strong.


JPG and his 26-year-old pediatric nurse girlfriend have endured their share of breakup buzz since the show ended. And though many have been skeptical of their pairing — Juan Pablo infamously refused to say he “loved” Nikki at the After the Final Rose special — a source close to the couple tells People that they are still together.

"They haven't split," the friend reveals. "Like every couple, they may have had ups and downs, but they're still very happy and moving in the right direction."

One expects that those “ups and downs” will be explored during their upcoming stint on VH1’s Couples Therapy, though even their choice to do such a reality show has people (including former Bachelorette Trista Sutter) feeling doubtful. Though the insider has a message for those rooting against the couple.

"I don't know why people want them to split up so badly," the source says. "Some people just can't be happy for them. They've weathered a lot, and they're really in this for good."

To be fair, the two have kept up a solid front on social media in recent days, with Juan Pablo even tweeting about missing Nikki over the weekend, to which she replied, “me too.” Next, they are slated to be seen together at the Hearts of Reality charity event in Florida at the end of the month, which raises money for Give Kids the World. Long live Juanikki!

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Source: People