On Monday, Joey Graziadei was announced as the next star of "The Bachelor."
The 28-year-old fell in love with Charity Lawson on "The Bachelorette," but she ultimately broke things off.
Here's what you need to know about Graziadei before the new season begins in 2024.
During the emotional season 20 finale of "The Bachelorette," star Charity Lawson accepted a proposal from Dotun Olubeko after breaking things off with her runner-up, Joey Graziadei.
While Lawson was initially conflicted when trying to choose between Olubeko and Graziadei, she ultimately decided to pursue an engagement with Olubeko. The breakup between Lawson and Graziadei was heartbreaking, but the tennis pro will get a second chance at finding true love on reality TV when he stars on the next season of "The Bachelor."
Here's everything you need to know about the newly-announced next Bachelor.
Who is Joey Graziadei, the new lead of 'The Bachelor' season 28?
According to his bio on ABC's website, Graziadei is "outgoing, friendly and loyal," and loves golf, country music, and star-gazing.
A new release from ABC following the news of his casting, revealed during Monday's "After the Final Rose" episode, delved even deeper into Graziadei's personality and what he's looking for in a wife.
"As the Bachelor, Graziadei is looking for a life partner who is outgoing, caring, and shares his love for adventure and exploring the outdoors," the release read in part. "He loves hiking, surfing and ending his days watching the sunset but knows he has much more love to give, and the only thing missing is someone with whom to share his life."
Graziadei lives in Hawaii, is 5'11, and his favorite island is Kauai
Originally from Collegeville, Pennsylvania, the 28-year-old now lives in Lawai, Hawaii, per his ABC bio. According to a LinkedIn page appearing to belong to Graziadei, he went to college at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, where he was in the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and played Division II tennis.
According to a website for West Chester University's athletics department, Graziadei was 5'11 and 170 lbs when he played tennis in the 2016-2017 season.
When replying to a comment on Instagram, Graziadei explained why his favorite Hawaiian island is Kauai.
"Every island has its own flavor. I'm bias and think Kauai is the best island! It's more low key and is beautiful but it depends on the person," he wrote.
Graziadei teaches tennis at the Club at Kukuiula, and frequently shows off his love of sports on social media
Per the LinkedIn page, Graziadei currently works as a "lifestyle and experience ambassador" for the Kukuiula Resort in Koloa, Hawaii. As ambassador, Graziadei's duties apparently involve encouraging "engagement with the various activities available within the Club," including "ocean activities, tennis, pickleball, golf, hiking," and more.
Grazadei's Instagram is filled with photos and videos from his time spent golfing, swimming, and playing tennis.
When will season 28 of 'The Bachelor' premiere?
Since Graziadei's casting was only announced on Monday, more details about his season of "The Bachelor" will be revealed in the coming months. But "The Bachelor" has consistently premiered in January since season 13, and typically the premiere is within the first week of the month — Zach Shallcross' season, which premiered January 23, 2023, was an outlier for its later start. So, it's likely we can expect Graziadei's season to start airing sometime in early January 2024.
Shallcross' season of "The Bachelor" started filming on September 26, according to Reality Steve. Graziadei's season hadn't started filming as of "The Bachelorette" finale on August 21, but if it starts filming within the next few weeks, that'll also line up with an expected January premiere date.
In the meantime, fans can stay up to date with Graziadei's adventures via his Instagram.
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