He’s back. Yes, again.
Bachelorette alum Nick Viall is officially getting a fourth chance at finding love (yes, ladies: fourth).
On Tuesday ABC announced that the two-time Bachelorette runner-up and current Bachelor in Paradise star would appear on The Bachelor's upcoming Season 21 as the leading man himself—and the news sent shockwaves through the Bachelor world (rumors had been swirling that former Bachelorette favorite Luke Pell would get the position).
I, personally, am thrilled (although very surprised) that he was appointed the role. Why? Because he deserves to find love. Why do I say that? Because I dated him, so I know this first-hand.
Since the news broke two years ago that he would join the ranks as a contestant on Andi Dorfman’s season of The Bachelorette, I shared my story of what it’s like to watch your ex compete for true love on national television. Fast forward a year later—after he got his heart broken on national television by Dorfman—and he was back for a special appearance on the following season, where he once again got his heart broken, this time by Kaitlyn Bristowe. Just when I thought that was the last time I’d see Nick V profess his love, surprise: He joined the cast of Bachelor in Paradise. Although the season is currently still airing, it’s been clear these past few weeks that paradise was not working out for NV in the love department.
Which brings me to last night, when he was announced as the new Bachelor. Because at the end of the day, how many people can really say they’ve watched their ex search for a new girlfriend on TV?
So in honor of what I can only imagine will be a season filled with lots of tears (on both ends) and serious drama, I bring you seven facts about Nick V that you don’t already know.
1. He’s not actually from Chicago.
He lives there now, but he’s actually from a small-ish town in Wisconsin outside Milwaukee, called Waukesha, the same town where I went to high school.
2. He’s a friend for life.
He’s a good guy (truly, or at least he was in the early 2000s when I went out with him) so it comes as no surprise that he’s got a solid group of guy friends that have been his friends for a very, very long time. Commitment, I like it. His squad rolls deep.
3. He loves to bust a move.
The woman who ends up with Nick better be good on the dance floor. He’s a goof, and loves to bust a move at weddings and whenever the mood strikes. This includes the pizza thrower, the robot, the funky chicken, disco man, the running man. Jk. But actually, not jk.
4. He’s a neat freak.
He likes things clean and is definitely not into clutter. I once got in his car (which was spotless, by the way) as we were headed out with some friends in downtown Milwaukee and there was only so much as a single gum wrapper on the floor. He apologized repeatedly the whole night for his messy car. Same can be said for his college apartment: Everything had its place.
5. He’s super traditional.
He called my roommate at work at Abercrombie & Fitch to ask her for my phone number. "I hope I didn’t get you in trouble by calling you at work," he quietly said into the phone. "But I like your friend Kim and was wondering if I could have her phone number." Granted, this was far before text messaging was so mainstream (not to date us), but I still remember being surprised.
6. He’s a true gentleman.
Ready for this irony? On our first date, he brought me a single long-stemmed rose when he picked me up for the evening (no joke). The next day, he called me (yes, called on the phone) to say what a wonderful time he had.
7. He loves snacks.
No man I’ve ever met likes snacks more than Nick V. We made our way through many a bag of Cheetos together back in the day. In the words of Oprah, "what I know for sure" is that Frito-Lay stock definitely rose during our summer romance.
Season 21 of The Bachelor hits ABC in January.