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Constantine Tzortzis: Why I bowed out of 'Bachelorette' [Video]

July 27, 2011 | 11:55 am

 Love, as "Bachelorette" Ashley Hebert has insisted all season long, is a "two-way street."

In other words: Even though all of the men who showed up to compete for Hebert's affections are meant to instantly fall head over heels for her, many of them -- gasp! -- unfortunately did not.

One of those guys was Constantine Tzortzis, a 30-year-old restaurant owner from Georgia who made it all the way to the final three and then, during this week's episode in Fiji, realized that he just wasn't ready to propose to Hebert.

"I couldn't with all my heart stand in front of her father and say, 'Hey, I want to marry your daughter,'" Tzortzis during a sit-down last weekend after the taping of the "Men Tell All" episode, which will air on Sunday. "I wanted to gracefully bow out. And my biggest fear was that I was gonna look like Bentley or somebody else, and I didn't want to do that." (Watch a video of the interview below.)

Throughout the entire season, it was clear that the pair's relationship was progressing slowly. Hebert blamed the pace on Tzortzis' practical approach to life -- during their exotic date in Fiji, for example, she grilled him on how many houses he'd looked at before he decided to purchase one. "108," he replied. "But houses and women are not the same."

Indeed. And, Tzortzis insisted during our interview, if he met the right girl, he would jump head-first into the relationship.

"I think you're cautious when it's not the right person," he said. "I think it just happens to be that me and Ashley weren't meant for each other. And that's why there was that holding-back. Because if it was the right person, I would have been all over her. You couldn't have held me back."

Uh, ouch?

In any case, Tzortzis has now returned back to his restaurant in the South, which he says is "slammed" with business.

"Contrary to popular belief, I haven't retired from the restaurant business," he said. "[People are] like, 'Oh, you still work here?' And I'm like, 'Yeah, I've not struck gold yet.'"

Just a thought: Maybe he could make some additional dough by becoming a professional Josh Groban impersonator? All season long, viewers have compared him to the popular singer -- as well as fellow contestant Ben Flajnik.

"I remember I walked in to the party and I saw Ben, and I was like, 'That dude looks a lot like me. I'm staying away from him until I figure out who he is,'" Tzortzis joked. "To be compared to someone as nice and genuine as Ben -- I used to get Josh Groban, so to get Ben is fine too."


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-- Amy Kaufman

Photo: Ashley Hebert and Constantine Tzortzis. Credit: Guy D'Alema / ABC