The Bachelorette‘s Ben Smith is constantly all set to bare everything.
The physical fitness trainer, who is presently competing for Tayshia Adams‘ heart on the ABC dating competitors, got honest with Wondery’s Bachelor Happy Hour hosts Becca Kufrin and Rachel Lindsay about why he chose to go sans clothing on the Dec. 1 group date.
Though Ben joked that even his own mom would consider him an “exhibitionist,” it was seeing the other Bachelorette entrants disrobe that influenced his habits.
“I was jealous that I didn’t get to play strip dodgeball,” he stated of the program’s questionable group date activity. “Later on they play speedo basketball, and I’m like holy s–t, when do I get my chance to take my clothes off? I had like nakedness envy.”
But another significant factor Ben chose to eliminate his clothing was to reveal Tayshia his more susceptible side.
“Taking my clothes off was a literal and figurative dropping of my guard,” the truth star included. “And possibly [Tayshia] saw me or possibly she didn’t, I do not understand. But it wasn’t about being naked, it had to do with eliminating this barrier that I had up.”