Audiences first met David Good on Jillian Harris’ season of The Bachelorette, and got to know the chiseled Ohioan better when he won Bachelor Pad’s inaugural season. Now, Dave talks exclusively with Wetpaint Entertainment about his rollercoaster ride in the public eye post-Bachelor Pad — and what he’s learned about his character in the process.

Dave wrote The Man Code: A Women’s Guide to Cracking the Tough Guy back in 2010. The Man Code website defines the “man code as “an unwritten code of conduct that governs the standard to which a man holds himself and other men.” In the two years since the book was published, Dave says he’s learned a lot — enough to fill a second book. “I’ve learned how hard it is, being in the spotlight,” Dave explains, quickly adding he doesn’t mean that in an egomaniacal way.

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After winning Bachelor Pad and getting launched back into the public eye, Dave says his moral foundation was put to the test. The tenets he preaches in The Man Code were severely challenged by his extensive traveling. “It’s very easy to do those things when you’re at home,” adding that he made a lot of mistakes, including cheating on his girlfriend.

Emphasizing that he doesn’t like to talk about his personal life, the usually-candid Dave would only say that he admits to cheating on a former girlfriend. “I cheated on somebody… That was a huge mistake. I can’t say that I regret it, because I learned from it. I screwed up and we’re no longer together.” His voice heavy with remorse, Dave says, “I would rather be cheated on than to cheat on someone again.”

“I have sympathy for some of the stars out there,” Dave says, mentioning one vilified name in particular. “I got in a fight with my dad — at the dinner table — about Tiger Woods. I mean, he had 12 girls waiting for him in Dubai. If you were put in a situation where you were traveling all the time… I have a little sympathy.”

The steep learning curve of the past three years has taught Dave one major lesson: “I’ve learned personally what makes me happy. There’s always a grass-is-greener situation. But is the grass reallygreener? Maybe that’ll be the title of my next book.”

For now, Dave’s focusing on his latest venture, a fitness website he launched in January, aptly named Good Health & Fitness. Inspired by the heart-wrenching experience of watching both his grandfather and father battle cancer, Dave is a fierce advocate of the importance of diet and fitness in daily life. “I get really worked up about this. I want fitness and health to be easy for Americans. If you don’t pay for it now, you’ll pay for it in 10 years with medical bills. I know firsthand.”

 

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