7 Things You Didn’t Know About New Bachelor Ben Higgins
It’s official! After weeks of speculation and rumors, Chris Harrison finally announced on Monday night’s Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise that Ben Higgins will be the new Bachelor for season 20 of the dating competition reality show. We already know that 27 year-old Ben, who was the second-runner-up when Kaitlyn Bristowe was the Bachelorette, is adorable — but here are 7 things you might not have known about him:
7. He Wasn’t Even Planning to Be the Bachelor
Back when Ben got eliminated, the idea of being the next Bachelor wasn’t really on his mind. “I don’t know, that’s not really for me right now,” he told Us Weekly at the Men Tell All taping in June. “I want to wait until [the offer] is on the table, because I want to focus on the life I had. I’m not extremely comfortable with the attention. That is something I have to figure out. Right now, I just want to go back to the life I had.” Well, he’s going to have to get used to the attention now! Either he was playing coy to throw us off the scent, or perhaps the Bachelor paycheck changed his mind! “It’s incredible,” Ben told Chris on After Paradise. “I think people like me don’t get opportunities like this. I’m excited! Everything leading up to this has just been incredible and I’m ready to get this thing started.”
6. He’s from Denver
Although Ben graduated from Indiana University, has some family in Indiana and is based in Wisconsin, his hometown is Denver, Colorado. He’s as outdoorsy as you would imagine: he told ABC that his ideal date would involve “[h]iking back to a quiet place in the woods where we can be alone, but also in nature outside of the normal dating activities.” His Western-ness was also apparent when he liked his country line dancing date with Kaitlyn so much that he went back to the San Antonio dance hall another time after the show was over! Ben will be the first Bachelor to hail from Denver.