I am with mamadeb and Beagle. His demeanor is that of bracing for a soaking from a fire hose. There would be no reason to defend his choice if he was not currently with her.
Actually there is another senario that would fit his interview rap. He chooses Vienna, they break up and he is now with Ali. He saw the backlash Jason got and could be bracing for that. I don't think this is likely, just saying that this could fit the words too.