On January 1, 2018, a new season of The Bachelor begins. There’s a bit of a change this year. Instead of picking a contestant from last season’s Bachelorette (featuring Rachel), the show reached back to Emily Maynard’s season in 2011, plucking rejected suitor and race car driver Arie Luyendyk Jr. The show synopsis says:
Six years ago, Arie Luyendyk Jr. was in love and a day away from proposing to the woman of his dreams. And then, she broke his heart. Emily Maynard (now Emily Maynard Johnson) may not have been Arie’s future wife, but he hasn’t been able to find a love like hers since. Now Arie is back and ready to race into America’s heart yet again when he returns for a second shot at love, starring in the 22nd season of ABC’s hit romance reality series “The Bachelor,” returning to ABC in January 2018.
What has he been up to the past 6 years? According to the show:
After a tearful exit on Emily’s season of ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” Arie has stepped away from the spotlight and focused on his new career in real estate, which has brought him tremendous success. Even though he has been gone from Bachelor Nation, America hasn’t forgotten Arie’s rugged good looks and charm. After mending his broken heart, Arie is finally ready to start his own journey for love.
At 36, he’s definitely older than most Bachelor contestants.
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