Arie Luyendyk Jr. Throws Shade, Feuds with Jef Holm!

If you follow The Bachelor Spoilers, you have a pretty good idea of how this season is going to end. But what will be next for Arie and his new love?

Arie’s former bestie Jef Holm is betting $ 5k that Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s Bachelor relationship doesn’t last a year. Coming from a former friend, those are what you’d call fighting words.

And Arie’s hitting back with some shade of his own. It doesn’t look like their feud is going away any time soon.

Two days before the big announcement that he would be this season’s leading man, Arie Luyendyk Jr. dumped his girlfriend to become The Bachelor.

That didn’t sit too well with some people. Because it made him seem hungry to build his brand rather than to find love, but also because it grossed some people out.

His ex was, after all, a real person. With feelings.

Jef Holm was more than happy to add fuel to the Arie-hating fire, saying of his former friend:

“I stopped being friends with him years ago because he’s disgusting.”

Holm then teased: “Oh, the stories I could tell….”

And now, during the premiere of Arie’s season, Jef Holm has tweeted out an offer:

“Doesn’t matter who gets out of the limo…I’ll give 5k to the charity of @chrisbha​rrison’s choice if @ari​ejr lasts 1 year with anyone.”

That is perhaps the most vicious offer of charity that we’ve ever seen on Twitter.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. responded, telling Access Hollywood:

“[He’s] throwing a lot of shade, but we haven’t talked in four years since Sean [Lowe’s] wedding.”

Arie’s response continues:

“I have no clue [why Jef is bitter]. That’s kind of a question for him more than me.”

Arie also says that Jef Holm “would have lost his own bet, I guess.”


Overall, Arie’s trying to be as dismissive as possible towards Jef without, you know, painting himself as the bad guy.

“I have so much to concentrate on with this and I’m just trying to stay positive.”

He also has a line that’s a bit tone-deaf for a guy sometimes believed to be selfish and egotistical:

“I’m just concentrating on me.”

Chris Bukowski had told Life & Style:

“Obviously, he and Arie were like best friends and they’re no longer. They’re not friends”

Bukowski, of course, had also made it into the Final Four. So he would know.

“I don’t know the whole story because they were best friends and then they ended up hating each other.”

We’d all like to know what exactly led Jef Holm to believe that Arie was “disgusting.”

“Arie definitely has a better relationship with the show, the producers, than Jef does.”

Clearly, since Arie is now playing the titular role on The Bachelor.

“So, I don’t know if Jef is [now] reaching to sort of [stay relevant], but at the same time, it’s like Arie’s time.”

We’d all love to know.

If producers are really that fond of Arie, maybe they won’t be eager to give Jef Holm a platform.

Or, maybe — when the season’s over — they’ll invite Jef Holm to speak his mind about Arie.

We would be eager to hear what Holm has to say. Isn’t everyone?

It may be that Arie’s fiancee will wish that she’d heard Holm’s take on Arie before she accepted his ring.


Arie Luyendyk Jr: Did He Just Let Slip a Bachelor Spoiler?!

Jimmy Kimmel is at it again, interviewing Arie Luyendyk Jr. and pressing him to reveal forbidden The Bachelor spoilers.

Naturally, Arie can't actually divulge how the season goes. You know how this works.

Except that, as you'll see in the video below, it looks like Arie may have slipped up and revealed something that he didn't mean to.

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As you know, Jimmy Kimmel has a history of interviewing each season's Bachelor (or Bachelorette) and confronting them with his wife's theory of which contestants will make it the farthest … and who will win.

Molly — Jimmy's wife — tends to do pretty well with her guesses. But only pretty well.

For example, Jimmy interviewed Rachel Lindsay at the beginning of her season of The Bachelorette. The theory presented? That Rachel was engaged to Peter Kraus.

That was a simpler, more innocent time, when people believed that Rachel Lindsay had sense.

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Arie, of course, insists that he can't reveal anything.

In fact, though past Bachelors and Bachelorettes have said "oh, my fiance and I are just laying low until the season ends," Arie's taking that a step further.

He's refusing to even tell Jimmy Kimmel when the last time that he saw his fiancee was.


But then Jimmy Kimmel stops asking — and starts sharing his theories. Well, his wife's theories.

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We already know who Arie Luyendyk Jr's final four will be, but here are the names that Jimmy listed:

First up is Tia Booth. Because Tia is nice and likable and so are her friends, though Jimmy (well, really Molly) predicts that Arie won't pick her in the end.

Next is Chelsea, whom Jimmy has pegged as this season's Bachelor Villain — great to keep around as fodder (though … all the way to the final four might be too much).

Then comes Bekah M, and we can only assume that her youth played a role in getting her into the (imagined) final four. Or perhaps Jimmy Kimmel just wanted to highlight how rare short hair is in the franchise.

As if to emphasize the many, many redundant names in this season, Jimmy also named Becca K (Becca Kufrin, not to be confused with Bekah with a K), whom he noted Arie must have taken notice of to some degree after just the first episode.

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Jimmy Kimmel even goes so far as to name Becca Kufrin as the prospective winner.

Now, if you've taken the plunge into our spoilers, you know who Arie chooses at the end of the season.

But what's catching people's attention is how Arie responded — seeming to let his guard slip — when Jimmy brought up Chelsea, the potential "villain."

"Chelsea, you gave her the first impression rose, she’s very attractive, she’s aggressive."

He uses that aggression — often a positive quality — to lead into how he sees her role on the show playing out this season.

"She’s also clearly going to be the villain, so you need to keep her around for a while."

The producers need to do that. Arie may have other priorities.

"You won’t pick her, you’ll just keep giving her roses so she can antagonize everyone else in the house."

Arie seemed to break character in that moment (as you'll see in the video), going from nodding to shaking his head. Was he saying that she's not in his final four, or protesting her "villain" label?

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We don't know.

Jimmy Kimmel created a distraction after he'd named all four women, by proposing that Arie have a threesome (since he'd mentioned falling in love with two contestants) with Becca and with Bekah.

Jimmy's delivery sounds more like a guy broing it out and less like someone promoting healthy polyamory, so it was a line bound to rub people the wrong way.

But also a line bound to help Jimmy take some of the heat for Arie's possible slip-up.

Decide for yourself if Arie really slipped up — or if it's some kind of misdirect or whatever — by watching the video below.

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Jef Holm: I Bet $5k that Disgusting Arie Luyendyk Jr’s Relationship Will Fail!

If you’re following The Bachelor Spoilers, you already have a pretty good idea of how this season will end.

Well, Jef Holm — former winner of The Bachelorette and former friend of Arie Luyendyk Jr. — thinks that he knows how the off-camera relationship between Arie and the winner will end. Or, at least, when it will win.

His prediction isn’t exactly flattering towards his former buddy. But Jef is willing to bed $ 5,000 that he’s right.

Jef Holm won season 8 of The Bachelorette, but that doesn’t exactly make him an expert on love.

As Arie’s former friend, though, he might be something of an expert on this season of The Bachelor‘s leading man.

Jef Holm doesn’t seem to believe that Arie and the woman Arie chooses will last very long.

And he’s putting his money where his mouth is, tweeting:

“Doesn’t matter who gets out of the limo…I’ll give 5k to the charity of @chrisbharrison’s choice if @ariejr lasts 1 year with anyone”


That does not paint a flattering picture. But is Jef Holm taking aim more at The Bachelor as a franchise, or targeting Arie?

Our impression is that this is about Arie — and that it’s personal.

Jef and Arie were great buds, but, as you may recall, Jef says that he broke off his friendship with Arie, claiming that the other man was “disgusting.”

It’s easy for most men to hide their worst aspects and habits during courtship — especially when money and fame are involved.

But it sounds like Jef Holm believes that Arie won’t be able to hide his true, “disgusting” self for long once the cameras go away.

Jeff Holm  shared this tweet during the season premiere of The Bachelor.

Probably so that more members of the Bachelor Nation would see it.

By the end of the episode, Arie had already said goodbye to eight women.

But a whopping 21 remain, still vying for Arie’s heart. Or, at least, for his ring.

Do you agree with Jef Holm? Or might Arie find a relationship that could really last?

Here’s the thing about shows like The Bachelor:

You definitely do get some bubbly idealists who are absolutely hopeless romantics and want to find true love.

But … you also get some contestants who are just there to be on camera and grow their brands and, possibly, launch other reality opportunities.

Since it’s widely believed that Arie Luyendyk Jr. might be there for just such reasons … what happens if he and an equally fame-hungry contestant end up together?

They might not break up for normal relationship reasons. Not if they have more to gain remaining a couple and, potentially, getting their own show together.

Now, that’s admittedly a lot of speculation.

If Arie’s here for fame purposes and not because he wants to find love. If he ends up with a like-minded, branding-oriented woman who doesn’t care how “disgusting” he is off camera.

Perhaps Arie will land a love-struck contestant who wears her heart on her sleeve, and they’ll grow apart over time as reality sets in.

Or not.

Not for nothing, but Arie Luyendyk Jr. is reportedly “the best” at sex. Sometimes, that can keep a relationship together for months after it should have ended.

Regardless, Jef Holm is taking a bit of a risk. He must really, really have a low opinion of Arie, huh?


Arie Luyendyk Jr: Oops, I Fell in Love With TWO Women on The Bachelor!

If you’ve been following The Bachelor Spoilers, you have a pretty good idea of how this season of the hit series is going to end. 

But there was a time when even Arie Luyendyk Jr. didn’t know which contestant would be the winner.

And, by his own admission, he took a page out of Ben Higgins’ book — and ended up falling in love with two different women.

While a lot of The Bachelor fans think that they know the name of the winner … thanks to, believe it or not, some math and maybe some tongue-in-cheek reasoning, 

The one thing that everyone knows for sure is that Arie was pretty determined to become the leading man on this season.

So much so that Arie dumped his real-life girlfriend to become The Bachelor … just two days before the big announcement.

But now Arie says that he was totally taken aback by his own feelings. Maybe being the star of The Bachelor isn’t as easy as he’d imagined?

Arie Luyendyk Jr. spoke to People, where he admitted to being caught off-guard by his own feelings.

“I fell in love with two women, and I didn’t know I was capable of that.”

If he’d been in real life and both women had been open to it, they might have been able to work out some sort of polyamorous option. Alas, The Bachelor doesn’t give that much leeway. (Maybe one day!)

In real life, people feel conflicted all of the time. But apparently this was a first for Arie.

“I’ve never been in that situation, and it was really hard.”

That line is not, we think, intended as a double entendre.

Arie provides a single hint, saying: “And they were two very different women, and that’s what made it even harder.”

We’d imagine that two deeply similar women could be just as challenging, sure.

“I didn’t know I was really capable of having strong feelings and being in love with more than one person, but that happened.”

It can be a shock when you’re no longer a hormonal teen but you still end up catching feelings.

“The end was really difficult for me. And I think that it’s because it’s such a huge decision, and it’s my life.”

It absolutely is. (Though, to be fair, most post-Bachelor relationships seem to either crash and burn or to fizzle out within a few months)

“But I’m happy, and I wouldn’t have changed anything,” Arie says.

He speaks of the many women who were courting him.

“There were so many different types of women and so many different personalities.”

Yep. That’s how people work.

“I think I learned that I can be very open and that I can be attracted to a lot of different types of people.”

And, overall, he enjoyed being the center of attention for more than a dozen beautiful young women. Surprise!

“I’m very happy. I have no regrets. It was an amazing experience.”

If we’re being entirely honest, this reads as more of a tease for the upcoming season than a confession.

Maybe we’re just projecting the tone that we imagine Arie striking. We’re totally willing to admit that possibility.

But teasing the season is, you know, part of the job.

We also think that, because it’s so widely believed that Arie is going on the show to boost his social media standing (despite Arie’s age and supposed maturity) rather than to find love, he’s probably trying to soften his image.

That, too, goes with the territory. He wants people to tune in, folks. And love triangles attract viewers.


Emily Maynard: I’m NOT Going to Watch Arie Luyendyk Jr on The Bachelor!

Fans of The Bachelor have a lot of questions about this upcoming season. Questions like why was Arie Luyendyk Jr. picked? And is Arie too old to be The Bachelor?

But Arie’s no stranger to the franchise. In fact, he very famously dated Emily Maynard on her season of The Bachelorette.

How does she feel about the guy who was “devastated” by their breakup going on to star on his own season? Is she going to watch?

Remember Emily Maynard?

Back on Season 15 of The Bachelor, she competed for Brad Womack’s heart and even won it.

They eventually broke off their engagement. (Gee, I’m really starting to think that reality television might not be the most reliable vehicle for finding love)

Then, Emily became the leading lady on The Bachelorette, where Arie Luyendyk Jr. was among the fiercest competitors for her hand.

Arie was apparently thunderstruck when Emily broke up with him. He had, after all, made it so far, only to lose to Jef Holm.

(Since then, Jef Holm has referred to his former friend Arie as “disgusting,” citing that as the reason for which they are no longer friends)

If you remember the post-final-rose drama, Arie actually flew to Charlotte where Emily lives, intending to speak to her, because he was that desperate for fame … we mean, heartbroken.

And instead of speaking to her, he delivered his diary to her, which might be one of the most extra things that we’ve ever seen from the Bachelor Nation (which is saying a lot). He allegedly hoped that it would help to erase any doubts she might have had about his character.

She didn’t read it.

But she and Jef Holm went their separate ways after a few months.

Now Arie, Emily Maynard’s ex who was so “devastated” by their breakup that he almost confronted her at her home about it, is The Bachelor.

What does Emily think about that? She spoke to People about her mixed feelings.

“I’ve been rooting for Arie to be the Bachelor since my season ended — he’s a great guy.”


She says that “it’ll be great TV.” True.

Emily also says that it won’t be “TV that is watched in my house.”

“I feel like it would probably not be appropriate,” she explains.

We totally get that.

“But I’ll catch the highlights on [People],” she adds.

if she wants to get ahead of the game, she could follow The Bachelor Spoilers.

Just saying.

Of course, Emily Maynard is now a mother of four. Her youngest is just a couple of months old, so we imagine that she has her hands full.

She’s not the only ex of Arie’s who’s likely to have complicated feelings about all of this.

If you’ll recall, Arie Luyendyk Jr. dumped his girlfriend to become The Bachelor. Like, two days before the big announcement.

That sounds awkward as hell.

We wonder if Sydney Stempfley’s name will come up during this season of The Bachelor.


Arie Luyendyk Jr: Too Old to Be The Bachelor? Too White?

For better or for worse, Arie Luyendyk Jr. is the leading man on this upcoming season of The Bachelor, and there are some people who are very unhappy about this upcoming season.

And there’s more to that frustration than wishing that someone else were starring on the show.

Is Arie Luyendyk Jr. too old? Is the cast of contestants too young? Are they all (or most of them) too white?

Before you say it, this isn’t just about why Peter Kraus isn’t the Bachelor.

Peter’s a fan favorite and, unlike precious puppy Dean Unglert, didn’t soil his reputation on Bachelor in Paradise.

Peter was an easy pick to win.

But, you know, fans think they know who’ll win The Bachelor based upon names and math, so … sometimes a fan theory is really just a guess.

(Hint: if you follow The Bachelor Spoilers, you have a pretty good idea of how all of this is going to end)

But showrunners felt that Peter wasn’t up for it, or maybe they just wanted to surprise fans by defying their expectations. And picking Arie certainly does that.

That said, the concerns that fans have over this upcoming season (The Bachelor will be upon us so soon, you guys!) are a little less personal and a lot more important.

First of all, we have to talk about race.

Rachel Lindsay’s season of The Bachelorette was historic, and not just because Rachel was the franchise’s first black female lead.

Though that, in and of itself, was a huge deal — and many are disappointed that The Bachelor did not follow in its sister series’ footsteps.

Eric Bigger isn’t quite Peter Kraus …

(Even Rachel Lindsay knows that, even though she’s thrown Peter under the bus at every opportunity since her season ended)

… But some fans feel that he would have made a stronger, handsomer Bachelor.

(Especially with that revenge beard!)

And, quite frankly, even with Arie at the helm of the show, they could have made the contestants a little more racially diverse.

Rachel Lindsay’s season of The Bachelorette was historically diverse.

Yes, she is black, and that was an amazing and embarrassingly long overdue bit of the bare minimum amount of inclusion for the franchise.

But if you look at her suitors, you notice that they were a much more diverse crowd than we’re used to seeing — on The Bachelorette or The Bachelor.

Nearly half of Rachel Lindsay’s suitors were men of color.

Then we look at the women competing for Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s “rose” (or “heart” or whichever euphemism you prefer), and see that the series has taken a step backwards.

Finally, we need to talk about age.

Nobody likes this topic, because time is cruel and unfeeling and robs us of all capacity for pride or joy with time, but we need to address it.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. is 36.

His absolute oldest contestant this season is 33. A 3-year age difference barely matters in college and is a blink of an eye when both people are in their thirties.

Most of the women are in their mid-to-late 20s.

There are a couple of women who are 23. And scuttlebutt is that Rebekah, whose age was conspicuously absent from early reports, may be as young as 22.

Of course, people have whined about recent Bachelors being “too young,” allegedly wanting to increase their social media visibility instead of genuinely looking for love.

(As if anyone believes that Arie’s here for love)

All of these criticisms make sense. Diversity matters. Reasonable age ranges matter.

But we have to wonder if The Bachelor is preparing to pivot.

Perhaps their next leading man will be a 26-year-old man of color, and Arie is just the dull build-up to a groundbreaking 2019 season.

In the mean time, take a look at Arie’s prospective mates, and decide for yourself if, beautiful though they all are as individuals, the make-up of the overall cast leans a little too young and white.


The Bachelor: Arie Luyendyk Jr, Contestants Flirt in New Trailer!

It's been nearly three months since, to the Bachelor Nation's collective surprise, Arie Luyendyk Jr. was announced as the next Bachelor. We've had time to get about as comfortable as we'll ever be.

But we weren't quite prepared for this trailer, where contestants are appearing for the first time alongside Arie as they compete for his heart.

As you'll see in the video below, it's … quite the spectacle.

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In case anyone is still in denial, yes, this is really happening.

In just over a month, the next season of The Bachelor begins, and Arie will play the leading man.

No, there is no chance that it's a fake-out and that Arie Luyendyk Jr. will be swapped out by Peter Kraus, why will barge in and sweep these contestants (and the viewers) off of their collective feet.

(For many reasons, though one is that Peter Kraus already has his comeback lined up)

Remember, folks, it's not like they start filming in January. Reality television can surprise you, but it's almost impossible to keep everything a secret when you film it all months in advance.

In fact, we already know Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s final four. (Spoiler warning for that link, obviously)

If you don't want spoilers, though, stick to the official trailers like the one in the video below.

We've already met the full cast of ladies.

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Those are a lot of women whom ABC found and convinced to go on camera and pretend that Arie Luyendyk Jr. is the man of their dreams.

Okay, you know what? Maybe we're being a little mean to Arie.

He's a handsome man. You don't have to be the literal most attractive man in the world to be a recognizably handsome dude.

He's a racecar drivers, which must be exciting to some people (especially adrenaline junkies).

He travels a lot, which some people like.

And, for what it's worth, Courtney Robertson says that Arie is "the best" at sex.

While most of the contestants won't get to confirm that for themselves (this isn't Bachelor in Paradise, folks), there's still a lot about Arie to make him desirable to these contestants.

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And Arie must be excited about this.

This isn't his first bite at the apple — he was a major contender on The Bachelorette. And though most of us hadn't really thought of him since, producers decided to give him another shot.

In fact, Arie was so pumped for this role that he broke up with his real-life girlfriend just two days before the official announcement that he was going to be The Bachelor.

That might not be the most romantic move, but it certainly shows drive and determination.

Different contestants are going to be looking for different traits, folks.

Arie luyendyk jr and courtney robertson novelty shirts

In the trailer below, you can see that ABC realized that he's a controversial choice, so they're really doing their best to hype him up.

We see clips of contestants singing his praises as a desirable match.

They're also playing off of his racecar driving in the voiceover, because who can resist a good pun?

This trailer gives us confidence and reminds us that The Bachelor's producers have sold audiences man after man for what feels like a thousand seasons.

They must know what they're doing.

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The Bachelor Spoilers: Arie Luyendyk Jr. Final Four REVEALED!

It’s that time again, Bachelor Nation!

With Arie Luyendyk Jr. back in the driver’s seat (see what we did there) after a five-year hiatus, the roses are about to be handed out.

And while Season 22 doesn’t premiere for six weeks, The Bachelor spoilers are already rolling in. Raise your hand if you’re surprised.

That’s right, per Reality Steve, the Internet’s preeminent Bachelor spoilers expert, the identities of Arie’s final four are already known!

As you’ve likely heard by now, The Bachelor has finally given its fan base the older, graying, refined gentleman they’ve been pining for.

Just kidding Arie, but it has been so long since his runner-up finish on Emily Maynard’s season (2012!) that his casting was a bit unexpected.

What’s 100 percent expected is that key details of Luyendyk’s “journey” have leaked early, as Steve has done it once more, with feeling.

Right now, Arie is filming his hometown dates, which means 2018’s leading man has narrowed it down to just four women out of 29.

And who are these lucky final four women?

1. Tia Booth (Arkansas). A 28-year-old physical therapist, she is best friends with none other than Raven Gates, a.k.a. last year’s runner-up.

Hey, it worked out pretty well for her.

Rumor has it that, not unlike Raven, there’s also drama with an ex back home. Here’s hoping Tia has experienced an orgasm before.

2. Lauren Burnham (Virginia Beach). Blonde Lauren B.’s have won The Bachelor before (Bushnell) so she’s got that going for her.

This Lauren B. works for Vonage in the sales department, yet went to medical school and has a B.A. in psychology, apparently.

She’s also 25 years old, so there’s that.

3. Becca Kufrin (Minnesota). Rebecca, who goes by Becca, is 27, and recently lost her dad while her mom recently battled breast cancer.

We can’t guarantee this will be the subject of a very emotional date with Arie early in the season, but … okay, we can guarantee that.

4. Kendall Long (Los Angeles). She works set dresser in LA, and reportedly has a twin sister named … wait … wait for it … Kylie.

Not only that, she and Kendall Jenner have the same birthday, and she did production work on Keeping Up. Twilight Zone stuff.

Long also plays the ukulele and sings, so you can expect that as early-season filler on one of her dates with Arie Jr. as well.

The order in which The Bachelor eliminates three of the four ladies listed about remains to be seen, but those are Arie’s chosen four.

Who will prevail of this fabulous quartet?

All we can say for sure is that we’ll be updating The Bachelor spoilers anytime more information comes in this winter, and you best believe it will.


The Bachelor Suitors: Who’s Wooing Arie Luyendyk?

Yes, folks, it really is true: Arie Luyendyk has been named The Bachelor.

This may be difficult for some fans of the franchise to process, but it's time to move on and focus not on the star himself…

… but on the ladies who will be competing for his heart early next year.

Thanks to Reality Steve, here's a look at some of the women who will hope and pray next season to earn a rose from Arie each week.

1. It’s Arie Luyendyk!

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He really is The Bachelor. Here is proof.

2. The First Promo!

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Click above to see Arie in action. Do you notice any of the suitors we’re about to describe? Such as…

3. Caroline Lunny

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At 25 years old, she’s realtor from South Florida who is also a former Miss USA contestant.

4. Jenna Cooper

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A 29-year old fitness instructor from Raleigh, North Carolina. You can search YouTube for some of her workout videos.

5. Rebecca Kurfin

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A 29-year old senior account executive. Her father sadly died eight years ago and her mom is a breast cancer survivor in remission.

6. Chelsea Roy

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A 29-year old University of Southern Maine graduate; she’s single mom with a three-year-old son named Sammy.

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