He continued, “Now her dropping that bomb on me was just that: It was her dropping a bomb on me. A bomb that I was not expecting. I was kind of like, ‘What?! What are you doing Linds?'”

Austen further clarified, “It’s not me going into the house and pursuing every girl that’s there. It’s me having the prior friendship with Lindsay.”

While fans will have to wait and see how things play out for Austen, Ciara and Lindsay, he did share that, “I leave the house on good terms with everybody.”

And as for his current relationship status, he confirmed, “I am single and I am dating.” 

Watch the premiere of Winter House tonight, Oct. 20 at 9 p.m. on Bravo.

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