Who The Heck Is Arie Luyendyk Jr.? 5 Things To Know About The New Bachelor – And Where You Might Know Him From

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Arie Luyendyk Jr.

This isn't his first rodeo on Bachelor Nation.

It's the moment we've all been waiting for; the next Bachelor has been announced. 

For those of us who thought we called it with the top contestants from Rachel Lindsay's season, we failed. It won't be stupid, wishy-washy silver fox Peter Kraus or the annoyingly positive hopeful motivational speaker Eric Bigger.

And despite how badly we all wanted it, it won't be Wells Adam. 

The 2018 Bachelor is Arie Luyendyk Jr., and unless you're as committed as I am to Bachelor Nation — you have no idea who that is. 

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Luyendyk Jr., 35, made his debut for the franchise during Emily Maynard's season in 2012. He was runner-up and had his heart broken when Maynard chose Jef Holm, but they broke up just two months later. 

“This is pretty surreal,” Luyendyk Jr. told PEOPLE. “It doesn’t really feel real yet, but I’m taking it step by step. The timing is just so perfect in my life. I could not be more excited for this journey I’m about to embark on.”

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Well guy, if you keep using the word "journey" like that, I think you'll do just fine. Here are five things we know about this new slightly unexciting Bachelor (sorry Arie): 

1. He's a legit race car driver. 

Born in Netherlands, Luyendyk Jr. 's dad was an auto racing driver and the Bachelor himself also perused the same career. Currently, in Arizona, he's been actively racing since 2002. 

While he hasn't won any major races (not that I would know what a major race would be), he competes pretty much full time and is a real estate agent in his free time.  

Arie's net worth is estimated at $4 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth and The Richest lists it at $5 million, so he's definitely not doing too shabby.

2. He was supposed to be 'The Bachelor' wayyy sooner. 


Former Bachelor Sean Lowe (who was on Maynard's season with Luyendyk Jr. ) said producers reached out to Luyendyk Jr. before asking Chris Soules, who was the Bachelor for season 19. 

“From what I understand, the show, the producers that make the show, they wanted Arie,” said Lowe. But new executives at the network “were getting nervous. Like, Arie hadn’t been on TV in two years.”

Luyendyk thought he was going to be the Bachelor — until the rug was pulled from underneath him at the very last minute. 

3. He's been nicknamed the "kissing bandit." 

When he was on Maynard's season, he earned the nickname "kissing bandit," I'm guessing for how many times he sneaked in a kiss with the Bachelorette. 

Of course, Maynard had nothing but kind words about her former flame. 

“Not only is Arie a gorgeous man, but he has a heart of gold and he’s a great kisser," she wrote on her blog in 2012. "Does it get any better than that?”

4. Some of his tweets make him sound like a classic f--k boy. 

The first example is the tweet above. He screenshots a girl who is repeatedly hitting him up (despite the fact that he gives her no response) with the hashtag "Never give up." 

Sorry but, ew. 

Not only is he humiliating this girl but he doesn't even have the common decency to crop out her name. He's also tweeted slightly douchy things like "when your wine cost more than your dinner you're doing it right," and retweeted a photo of a sign that read "if you don't remember her name in the morning take her to Starbucks." 

Not the kind of guy I'd want to go on a reality TV love journey with, just sayin'. 

5. One time he was on "Hell's Kitchen." 


In 2011, Luyendyk Jr. made an appearance on "Hell's Kitchen" as an indy car driver competing with other chefs. 

I have no idea if he won or not, but if his cooking skills are good enough to be on a TV show then that makes him a slighty better Bachelor. 

Just slightly. 

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Emily Blackwood is an editor at YourTango who covers pop culture, dating, relationships and everything in between. You can follow her on Instagram (@blackw00d) and Twitter (@emztweetz).