Bachelorette contestant Kasey Kahl was finally booted during a date in Iceland, but not before he was portrayed as a lovesick puppy who serenaded Ali Fedotowsky at sunset and seemingly got a tattoo to show her his affections. But according to Kasey, the show just made him look crazy in love. In an exclusive interview with In Touch, Kasey says, “I thought [Ali] was pretty, but there was no spark.” On-screen, Kasey seemed to fall hard for Ali, but he insists that isn’t true. “I’m not over-the-top. I didn’t feel like there was a connection. The cameras obviously saw differently,” he explains, though he does admit to being “a cheesy guy.” But he insists the tattoo was not for Ali — just that going on the show seemed like the right time to ink himself. “It’s not like I go around putting girls’ names on my wrist,” he says, but he’s sticking with the tat’s motto. “I want someone who wants to guard and protect my heart. I don’t want to settle for anything less.”
And he may not have to: Kasey has already moved on to a “sweet and awesome” girlfriend named Katie, and for that, he’s grateful to the Bachelorette experience. “The show opened me up to see a lot of things, especially how to develop stronger relationships,” says Kasey. Though he met her before Ali, they didn’t make their romance official until after he went on the show, which she doesn’t watch. “Obviously, it hurts her a little because no one likes to see a boyfriend go after another girl,” he says.