The country star appeared on the January 27, 2020 episode of The Bachelor
, performing a private concert for bachelor Peter Weber and his date, Victoria Fuller. It later emerged that Rice and Fuller had previously had a relationship.
Speaking to Taste of Country
, the country star explained he was just as shocked as the two contestants, adding that he didn't pen "Lonely If You Are" about Fuller.
"I didn't write that to try to get on the show," he said. "I just thought it was a cool picture. My ex-girlfriend, who a lot of these songs are about, loved The Bachelor
and watched it religiously. I always sat there and was like, 'This is ridiculous.' But when she was watching with her girls, it's like... it's kind of that story. It's like, 'Once it's over, come hit me up.'"