The true property dealer can also be the first Bachelor in 12 years who hasn’t beforehand appeared on The Bachelorette. ABC introduced in June 2020 that the North Carolina native can be the sequence lead for season 25 after beforehand being named as a contestant on Clare Crawley’s season of The Bachelorette.
“It’s an honor,” James stated on Good Morning America on the time. “I’m simply going to lean into myself and the way my mother raised me, and hopefully when individuals invite me into their houses on Monday nights, they’re going to see that I’m not a lot totally different from them and so they see that various love tales are lovely.”
The previous school broad receiver added that he has some key character traits that he’s on the lookout for in a lady — however he’s hoping his contestants will be physically diverse.
“Selfless, sincere, caring, compassionate and people are qualities present in girls all form, sizes and races,” James defined. “It’s not a Black or white factor so I’m hoping that when that limo places up there is a lot of diversity and I see each kind of girl popping out of that limo.”
The ABC Meals Excursions founder was introduced to Bachelor Nation as Tyler Cameron‘s finest pal, who continuously posted pics with his bestie on his social media accounts. The model’s late mom, Andrea Cameron, even nominated James because the Bachelor, in response to Leisure Tonight.
The Wake Forest College alum was initially forged on season 16 of The Bachelorette, however the present’s manufacturing was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
James clashed with the Crawley earlier than they ever sparked a romance when he began a Cameo account to boost cash for COVID-19 reduction.
“In case you are doing interviews and creating Cameo accounts earlier than you might be even on my season… you might be in it for the improper causes … #dontwasteyourtime,” the hairstylist tweeted in April 2020.
James revealed that he had no onerous emotions in opposition to Crawley throughout his look on Good Morning America in June 2020.“I used to be wanting ahead to assembly her. I had put aside all this time and we had gone out to California and been known as again with quarantine so I’m tremendous excited for her and her season however wanting ahead to assembly her finally,” he stated.
The previous athlete solely instructed Us Weekly in January 2021 that he “put all of it on the market” throughout his journey for love, which was filmed in a quarantine bubble on the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Pennsylvania in late 2020.
He additionally revealed that he realized that he’s “capable of loving” whereas on the present.
“It was one of the toughest things I’ve had to do, however I’d do it once more,” he instructed Us forward of the season 25 premiere. “It’s robust as a result of there’s plenty of issues that I’ve averted in my private life that, as you noticed within the preview, introduced me to tears. I need to be weak and present them that I’m right here and I’m not going to carry again. You by no means know the place that’s going to take you while you’re that actual within the second, you already know.”
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