Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr. Reveals He Fell in Love—With Two Contestants

Arie Luyendyk Jr Bachelor They all have their sights set on making the Bachelor, Arie Luyendyk Jr., their future husband when the much-anticipated 22nd edition of ABC’s hit romance reality series “The Bachelor” premieres, MONDAY, JAN. 1 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Paul Hebert)

The bandit is back. Five years after getting his heart broken on Emily Maynard’s season of The Bachelorette, finalist and new Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr. will officially fill the all-important role come January 1. While much has changed since 2012, the level of drama and romance on ABC’s smash franchise will remain the same—as Luyendyk teased in a call with The Knot and other reporters on Thursday, December 14.

“The journey was great,” Luyendyk says. “I found love… I found love with two people.” However, that was all he was able to share about the surprising element. “To see the ending, you’ll have to tune in,” he concluded.

His experience mirrors the journey of season 20 lead Ben Higgins, who fell in love with his two finalists, JoJo Fletcher and Lauren Bushnell. However, Luyendyk at age 36 says he’s experienced his fair share of relationships—and he knew what he was looking for going into the franchise, at least emotionally speaking.

“I don’t have a type,” he adds. “It was really interesting to get to know the cast. I can converse with anyone. It was getting to know all these different personalities that first night.”

Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr Season 22 Contestants

THE BACHELOR – Six years ago, Arie Luyendyk Jr. was in love and a day away from proposing to the woman of his dreams. And then, she broke his heart. Emily Maynard (now Emily Maynard Johnson) may not have been Arie’s future wife, but he hasn’t been able to find a love like hers since. Now Arie, 36, is back and ready to race into America’s heart yet again when he returns for a second shot at love, starring in the 22nd season of ABC’s hit romance reality series “The Bachelor,” premiering MONDAY, JANUARY 1 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

By the end of the first night at the Mansion, the number drops from 29 contestants to 21 women. “My game plan was not to lead with chemistry. I think as a man it’s easy to do that,” he says. “Also, for me, I tried to envision how that person would fit into my regular life and whether I would fit into their life.”

For someone who was ready to propose to Maynard back in 2012, Luyendyk wanted to lead with his heart and his head. “It’s easy to get wrapped up in the romance and the experience,” he says. “With the beautiful women sitting across from you… I try not to lead with chemistry.”

The new season of The Bachelor premieres January 1, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Esther Lee
Esther Lee
Esther is the Senior News Editor at The Knot. A self-proclaimed pop culture enthusiast, she appreciates a good celebrity interview just as much as she adores Nancy Meyers movies. You can find her kicking off her mornings with barre and a green juice, traveling and exploring new cultures, and rapidly scrolling her feed for the latest and greatest news. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @theestherlee.