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Season 14 “The Bachelorette” participant and current “Bachelor in Paradise’s” Colton Underwood has been named the next bachelor on the veteran ABC relationship/reality franchise when it returns in January 2019. Colton, 26, was best known for his candor when speaking about his virginity and had America standing by him when he discussed the sensitive topic during his so-called emotional breakdown on “The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All” reunion.
The scoop from ABC: When Colton showed up to the beaches of Mexico this summer on “Bachelor in Paradise,” he was hopeful. While he may not have found love, he didn’t leave empty-handed. He found closure with former flame Becca Kufrin; clarity with Bachelor Nation favorite Tia Booth; and above all, an unwavering desire to find the woman of his dreams. After a summer of growth and a new perspective on what he is looking for, Colton is more than ready for this next chapter.
Colton was born in Indianapolis and grew up in the small town of Washington, Illinois. He is part of a loving, blended family with his seven siblings, father and stepmother, and mother and stepfather. It was Colton’s close relationship to his family that sparked his idea to start the Legacy Foundation, a charity for cystic fibrosis, something that his 6-year-old cousin Harper was diagnosed with as a baby.
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