That and they both know they have "dirty" pasts. You can guarantee there are crumbs of their past out there that they hope will never come back to haunt them. A drunk video of someone saying nigger or faggot at a party or something. The more likeable and nice they seem now they more they think they can escape it. Kind of like what Danny is doing settling for Ashley. He's a womanizing POS wannabe rock star who pumped and dumped tons of girls. Back in the day you could get away with that sort of thing. Today those same rock stars would be top scandals and "canceled" for the same behavior. The grumps doth protest too much or some shit.He wants to be known as "a nice guy" or whatever.
I personally think it's a manipulation tactic to get people to do what he wants with guilt trips.