Nick Viall & Vanessa Grimaldi Combat Claims They're an 'Awkward' Couple

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Ever since Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi stepped out as a couple on the After the Final Rose Special for The Bachelor, there's been talk about their seemingly awkward and forced relationship. The lovebirds responded to the claims this week, and according to Nick and Vanessa, they're totally normal.

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Pay no attention to the jilted answers they gave to Chris Harrison, or their repeated sentiments that there's been a lot to work through and that relationships are hard. You know, because every newly engaged couple wants nothing more than to point out how hard love can be. Or something.

Anyway, Nick was on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday along with his Dancing With the Stars partner Peta Murgatroyd, and Ellen had to know what was up with Nick and Vanessa.

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Ellen commented, "I didn't see the After the Rose because I could not commit to four hours of television. I heard that some people thought it was awkward, that y'all were awkward together." 

Instead of Nick responding and answering the implied question, the camera panned to Vanessa in the front row of the audience, and she let everyone know exactly where they stand as a couple.

"I didn't think so," she responded vaguely. "I think we both went in it wanting to be honest and open about couples, you know, sometimes things can get tough. But we're very committed to each other, we love each other, and that's what we're focusing on."

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Dang, does it sound to anyone else like this relationship is way more work than fun and love? Not that relationships should be all sunshine and rainbows and unicorn rides all the time, but shouldn't Nick and Vanessa be in that sappy, googly-eyed, honeymoon stage of love right now? After all, they just got engaged, and now that the season is over, they're finally able to be public about their love.

It will be interesting to see if these two are able to work out their issues and make it to the altar.

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