As story after story of Ben Flajnik’s alleged infidelities swirled around the Bachelor and his Season 16 fiancee, Courtney Robertson, we finally got to hear from Ben himself during this week’s “After the Final Rose” special.

Here’s what he told Chris Harrison:

On the photos with other women

Ben: On my father’s grave, I haven’t kissed another woman, I haven’t hooked up with another woman, I haven’t cheated on Courtney. Uh, none of that. Those are friends from San Francisco, those are past photos, these are — these are things that are just tabloid fodder, that’s essentially it.

On what looks like him kissing these other women

Ben: I’m not kissing those women in those photos. I’m not kissing those women. It’s as simple as that. If you look at those photos... not kissing anybody.

On how it affected him

Ben: You know, it hits me where it hurts. I told Courtney that I would never cheat on her and I haven’t, and so you see stuff like this and it’s kinda like... What did I sign up for?

On how it affected Courtney

Ben: Clearly she was upset, but, y’know, she gets it and she trusts me... She sees something like that and I’m like, ‘Great, here we go.’ This is super messed up. 

Why they might be, as Chris Harrison said, “just odd enough to work”

Ben: And so, what she does is she goes out and tries on wedding dresses that same day to divert all the attention away from my negative — my negative feelings... It’s great!

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