Joey Graziadei might not have won Charity Lawson's final rose on The Bachelorette, but he did get a fresh new haircut *and* was officially named ABC's next Bachelor star! Which means we have several more months with this man, so buckle up, send in your Bachelor applications, etc.
Here’s everything we know about Joey as he begins filming his season—and we'll go ahead and add some Bachelor spoilers to this list once they drop...
Joey Lives in Hawaii
Obviously everyone who watched The Bachelorette knows this, but really we just wanted to share these photos.
He Teaches Tennis (Immediately Hot)
Joey moved to Hawaii for a job teaching tennis, which has taught him to be “very compassionate” and “very patient.”
Would hire him as my instructor.
Joey Is Super Close to His Family
He explained on The Bachelorette, “My parents split when I was pretty young. I wouldn’t say it was easy. But my family is just an extremely loving family. And both my parents were amazing co-parents, so the fact that that didn’t work out doesn’t take away from romance for me.”
Joey also opened up to Charity about his dad coming out, and went on to tell the Bachelor Happy Hour podcast: “I had to think through when I wanted to bring up my parents’ divorce and my dad coming out. It’s serious and it’s important. I had a conversation with my dad before going on the show and I wanted to make sure he was okay with me sharing his story. It’s something that’s affected me, but it’s really his life. I had that conversation with him, and he was comfortable and trusted me on how I would talk about it and it would be shared in the right light.”
He added, “You never know on this show if you get your moment to share something personal. It was a mix of feeling so comfortable with Charity to talk to her about it and also not knowing when I would get another time like that to have the uninterrupted moment to share it correctly. It was something that is really important to me, and I wanted to make sure it wasn’t the kind of thing I’d be talking about and then a guy would come interrupt after not getting a chance to share too much.”
"My dad is one of my favorite people in this world and I talk to him about everything," Joey said. "So when explaining who he is as a person, it’s part of him and it’s something that needs to be talked about more and not so refrained from or worried to talk about. It just felt like the right moment at that time.”
He’s a Hopeless Romantic
Naturally, ABC’s bio writer wasted no time creating a tennis metaphor for Joey’s feelings on romance, musing, “‘Love’ may mean nothing in tennis, but to Joey, it’s everything!”
They also noted that Joey is “outgoing, friendly, and loyal” and is “looking for a partner who can share in his love for adventure."
Also, while we’re here, these are Joey’s fun facts, which briefly put me to sleep:
• Joey is a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan.
• Joey is an avid star gazer.
• Joey’s recent obsessions are golf and country music.
He's Ready to Find Love Again Post-Bachelorette
Joey told Jesse Palmer "I'm more ready than I was in that moment. For me, it was just, you have to take some time to get a little bit more closure. Watching Dotun and Charity's connection was enough for me."
He also chatted about what he's looking for on The Bachelor, saying he's hoping to find "Someone that’s just themselves that I can truthfully be a partner with. I want someone that challenges me. I want someone that I can challenge. I just want someone to do life with. I just want someone that's going to be my person."
And His Contestants Have Been Revealed!
The official Bachelor Facebook posted pictures of all the women who could potentially be on this season with Joey. Along with their photos, they included their first names, hometowns, and ages, but so far that's all we know!
Allison - Philadelphia, PA - 26
Autumn - St. Louis, MO - 26
Chandler - New York, NY - 25
Chrissa - Abbotsford, BC - 26
Daisy - San Diego, CA - 24
Edwina - Atlanta, GA -25
Erika - North Bergen, NJ - 25
Evalin - San Antonio, TX - 28
Jenn - Miami, Fl - 25
Jessica - San Diego, CA - 24
Katelyn - Santa Fe, NM - 25
Kayla - Hamilton, OH - 27
Kelsey A. - New Orleans, LA - 25
Kelsey T. - Los Angeles, CA - 31
Kyra - Miami, FL - 25
Lanie - Philadelphia, PA - 27
Lauren - Philadelphia, PA -28
Lea - Los Angeles, CA - 23
Lexi - Atlanta, GA - 30
Madina - Charlotte, NC - 30
Maria - Kleinburg, ON - 28
Marlena - West Palm Beach, FL - 26
Natalie - Sudbury, ON - 25
Rachel - Rancho Cucamonga, CA - 26
Samantha H. - Nashville, TN - 30
Samantha W. - Miami, FL - 25
Sandra - Nashville, TN - 26
Starr - Delray Beach, FL - 25
Sydney - Newport, RI - 28
Talyah - Huntington Beach, CA - 23
Taylor - Chicago, IL - 23
Zoe - Roswell, GA - 23
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