10 Things You MUST Know About The New Bachelor, Ben Higgins

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Ben Higgins

The Bachelor is back tonight and this time it's Ben Higgins who's looking for love. He was previously a contestant on The Bachelorette with Kaitlyn Bristowe, but was sent home without a rose.

So what else do you need to know about the single software salesman other than his killer smile? Here are ten things Bachelor Nation needs to know.

1. He's not a virgin.

While in the running for Kaitlyn's heart, she asked him point blank if he was a virgin on national television.

"It's not something you expect to be brought up," Higgins said to People. "I don't think it was something my grandma or my mom didn't expect or were shocked by, but it was weird!" His answer was no. 

2. He's still buddies with former contestants.


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3. Ben and Amy Schumer have been flirting.

Amy Schumer is known for being a fan of the dating show and Ben has said he's into funny girls.

"I would love for her to come on the season," Ben said on Good Morning America. "I think we should push for it. She's hilarious, she's been great to the show. If she wanted to come out, I wouldn't be against it."

Although Amy hasn't mentioned an appearance, she called into After Paradise to talk to Ben. "Ben, I'm so excited for you. I hope you find love. Do you want to have phone sex right now?" He, of course, told her to call him later.

4. He won't be the only veteran to the reality show.

It has already been announced that Becca Tilley and Amber James are returning to win Ben's heart. They were on the season with Chris Soules.

5. He graduated from Indiana University.

Like other celebs, Ben got his degree in business administration in 2012, and he's not the only famous one to go there. Laverne Cox, Ryan Murphy, Jonathan Banks, Meg Cabot, and Suzanne Collins also went to the university.

6. He's very religious.

His bio claims that he's looking for "someone who hopefully has the same faith that I do so we can raise a family that way." He also has a tattoo of the Bible verse, Proverbs 16:3: "Commit to the Lord, whatever you do, and he will establish your plans."

7. He's tall and played basketball.

Good news if you're into tall guys! The bachelor is 6'4" and was on a club basketball team back in college.

8. He has a rule against having sex on the show.

Although he's not a virgin, that doesn't mean he's be quick to jump in bed with the contestants.

"It's important to take that time away from everybody else," Higgins told People. "But there are boundaries I've set based on my faith. My desire is not to just make out with as many women as possible. The physical part of the relationship will come, but initially I want to get to know the women for who they are."

9. He's still on good terms with Kaitlyn and Shawn.

There's no bad blood here! Ben loves tweeting sweet things about Kaitlyn and Shawn Booth since the show. He also said, "Shawn and I were best friends, so I'm biased. We bonded from night one. But Kaitlyn is a great person, and she deserves a guy like him."

10. He wants a good girl.

The ladies will really have to be sneaky about their drama if they don't want to turn Ben off. He told People, "I've always been attracted to Blake Lively. She is the all-around good girl."