Arie Luyendyk Jr. Hasn't Loved Anyone Since Emily Maynard

Arie Luyendyk Jr.    
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After weeks of teasing from creator Mike Fleiss, the next star of The Bachelor was finally announced on Good Morning America Thursday. As of past year, he would still make out with his ex-girlfriend and dark princess of Bachelor Nation Courtney Robertson from time to time. "It just hit me that yeah, I'm here". "I want to someone to share my life with".

After getting dumped at the finale, he nearly made it back to the season 17 of The Bachelor, but Sean Lowe, who is happily married to his match with a baby on the way.

This time, he told Michael Strahan in his debut "GMA" appearance, the timing just worked out. "It's so painful. I can't believe this is it", he said in the limo on the way home.

So instead, it will be the salt and pepper-haired charmer known as "The Kissing Bandit" who will hand out the roses when the series returns in January.

The women going after Nick's heart were very young - there were four 23-year-olds alone!

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"They actually told Arie he was gonna be the Bachelor", Sean had said.

"I kept things under wraps because I didn't know how this would turn out", he revealed.

Whether you're a Bachelor Nation newbie or just need a refresher, here's everything you need to know about ABC's newest suitor (below)!

How do you feel about Arie Luyendyk being the Bachelor? While many believed it to be one of Rachel Lindsay's finalists-Peter Kraus and Eric Bigger were a few of the names consistently mentioned-producers and executives chose to return to the show's roots.

When Arie was last on the show, he was serious about proposing to Emily, who then broke his heart by choosing Jef Holms. "They even flew down, had a camera crew, filmed him telling his family he was gonna be the next Bachelor, then pulled the rug out from underneath him and made Chris the Bachelor".

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