Interview by Lori Bizzoco. Written by Katelyn Di Salvo.

It sounds like Chris Soules found his true love…in farming! The star of The Bachelor season 19 truly stepped out of his comfort zone during his stint on reality TV, going from being a farm boy to a celebrity overnight. On the finale episode, he proposed to Whitney Bischoff, but just seven months later, the famous couple announced their celebrity break-up. Now, he seems to be finding solace in his farm.

Former Bachelor Talks Farm Life in Our Exclusive Celebrity Interview

In our exclusive celebrity interview, Soules shares that, prior to his time on reality TV, he had never left Iowa for more than 10 days. Suddenly, he was gone for two months to film The Bachelorette, another two months for The Bachelor, and another two months for Dancing with the Stars. After his third stint on television, he took a step away from Hollywood — and he couldn’t be happier. “It’s been good to get back home and do what I love,” he says. “Going on all these reality shows and being some what disconnected from the farm was pretty unusual for me.”

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The former Bachelor describes being a pig farmer as an “intense labor of love,” explaining how, as a farmer, you never truly have a day off because the animals and crops always need care. We only hope that he can give a lucky lady that level of devotion someday!

Recently, Soules was a judge on the National Pork Board, and he introduced us to the winner of this year’s First Annual America’s Pig Farmer of the Year Award, Keith Schoettmer. Schoettmer reveals his approach to farming, saying, “It starts with our responsibility of the farm, which we take very seriously. We properly care for these pigs everyday, and while we’re doing that, we’re not losing sight of the people we work with and the consumers.”

Reality TV Star Opens Up About His Relationships and Love Life

Soules has been on a roller coaster ride for the past year when it comes to his love life. The celeb went from trying to win the heart of Andi Dorfman on The Bachelorette to having his pick of 30 women on The Bachelor to being engaged to Bischoff…to being single again. With that said, relationships and love are the last thing on his mind right now. “My dating life is relatively non-existent… After dating 30 some-odd women and being engaged and going through that whole process, it’s been nice to just kind of get back to normal,” he explains. “Eventually, I’ll get back in the dating rink.” He adds that he and his celebrity ex still keep in touch and are “good friends.”

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In our exclusive celebrity interview, the reality TV star admits that his approach to dating hasn’t really changed since being on The Bachelor. “There’s not a lot of changes I’ll probably make. It’s still just about finding the right person, someone who appreciates the farming life and also the finer things in life,” he shares. He believes that finding love this time around will be a little easier since he is “out there,” confessing that there are a lot more women interested in dating him now.

Chris Soules Shares Dating Advice for Upcoming Bachelor Ben Higgins

Soules recently met the newest Bachelor Ben Higgins and says he’s a great guy. He wishes him the best of luck on the reality TV show and adds, “He deserves it. He’s a stand-up guy, and he’s what the show is all about, I think. He’s truly trying to find somebody, so hopefully, that happens for him.”

Of course, the former Bachelor had some dating advice to share with Higgins: “The main advice that I gave him was to make sure you take each relationship that you have with those girls very seriously and make sure they feel as comfortable as possible… In order to have a real relationship develop, those girls need to feel like they’re the only ones involved in the relationship.”

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Despite his return to farming, Soules hasn’t completely said goodbye to reality TV just yet. You can catch him on the latest season of Worst Cooks in America on The Food Network. He explains that, although he may be good with a grill, he’s not so great in the kitchen!

Keep up with Chris on Twitter @SoulesChris and!