Before this smiling boy was a fitness app owner and collecting red roses on "The Bachelor," he was just playing basketball, sitting on his momma's lap and cheesin' for the camera, while growing up in San Diego, California.
Walking out of the limo with his side-swept hair, he made his reality television debut on Hannah Brown's season of "The Bachelorette" and although he wasn't so lucky in finding love the first go-around, he headed off to "Bachelor in Paradise" and ended up on one knee!
Need one more clue? He was spotted at Coachella, weekend 1, with his fiancé Hannah Godwin!
Before this cute kid with kitchen spoons was serving up his curly hair and dimples in paradise, he was just hangin' with his siblings in Nashville, Tennessee and earning his broadcast journalism degree at University of Mississippi.
First appearing on JoJo Fletcher's season of "The Bachelorette," Bachelor Nation fell in love with his charming disposition and humor, and he took his talents to hosting radio and TV shows. He even has his own podcast with Brandi Cyrus.
Still unsure who this cute kid is? Sarah Hyland may be able to give you some clues!
Sources close to the two are denying an actual fling, though -- telling TMZ they went to the club as part of her podcast they are doing together -- claiming there's nothing romantic going on between them, just good friends working together.
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While they might not be official, they're clearly having some fun together -- Meghan posted about who she "found" in Vegas that night ... calling Mike, "my new fave."
As we reported, Meghan got into with her ex-husband, Jim Edmonds, recently ... filing a TRO against him over what she described as "frequent and consistent verbal abuse" via texts, as well as their shared Family Wizard app which they use to co-parent.
DeMario straight up says it "sucks" to be dealing with another sex scandal -- back in 2017 'BIP' production shut down after he and Corinne Olympios hooked up in a swimming pool -- and he says his life's been a living hell since the lawsuit.
DJ tells us he feels like it's his 2017 nightmare all over again ... saying he hasn't been able to sleep and feels trapped in his home.
TMZ broke the story ... DeMario was sued Tuesday by two different women, who claim they went on dates with him that both ended with DeMario forcing them into nonconsensual sex.
DeMario's attorney, Walter Mosley Jr., says LAPD already investigated the alleged incidents and the investigations did not lead to criminal charges ... and he says DJ has evidence that will exonerate him in court.
For his part, DeMario claims he maintained a good relationship with his accusers over the years -- he says they even had plans to meet up the day after they went to the police with their allegations. His attorney characterizes the suit as a shakedown.
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DeMario's social media accounts are littered with paid partnership posts, but he's not spilling the beans on which brands are ducking for cover ... and he says his day job in staffing/recruiting is now looking dicey.
The brother of 'Bachelor' Nation standout Ivan Hall -- who also made an appearance on Tayshia Adams' season of "The Bachelorette" -- has been charged with murder.
According to legal docs, obtained by TMZ, Gabriel Hall was arrested in October for the murder of Carlos Veliz Jr. in Abilene, Texas. Cops say Hall and Veliz were involved in some sort of verbal argument around 1:30 AM on August 31 ... and it ended with Gabriel shooting Veliz in the head, killing him.
Cops say they connected Hall to the crime with the help of surveillance footage in the area that linked a car he was renting to the scene. They also say they found a spent shell casing in the vehicle as well as evidence of gunshot residue on Hall's hands and clothing.
Ivan finished third as a contestant on Tayshia's season, and his relationship with Gabriel was a plot point on the show. During one episode, Gabriel surprised both Tayshia and Ivan when he joined them on the hometown date episode.
Ivan had previously shared with Tayshia that he helps raise Gabriel's 6-year-old daughter because Gabriel was regularly in trouble with the law.
Hall has been charged with murder, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of methamphetamines and a slew of other counts.
He's still currently being held on a $400,000 bond.
10:25 AM PT -- Chris just broke his silence ... saying he's excited to start a new chapter after what he calls a "truly incredible" run as 'Bachelor' host.
CH says he's grateful for all the memories he's made on the show, and says the friendships he made during his two-decade journey will last forever.
10:16 AM PT -- Warner Horizon and ABC Entertainment -- which control "The Bachelor" franchise -- have confirmed Harrison is stepping aside as host. The companies add ... "We are thankful for his many contributions over the past 20 years and wish him all the best on his new journey."
Longtime 'Bachelor' host Chris Harrison is done with the popular reality TV dating franchise ... months after he sparked controversy by defending one of its contestants for her allegedly racist past.
After a 19-year run, Harrison will reportedly receive a massive payout to step away and keep quiet about his departure.
News of Harrison's permanent exit -- first reported by Deadline -- comes hours after the premiere of the 17th season of "The Bachelorette" hosted by Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe ... and just days after it was announced that David Spade and others would be guest hosting this summer's season of "Bachelor in Paradise."
Of course, Chris first stepped away from his 'Bachelor' duties indefinitely back in February, after he got immediate backlash for defending Rachael Kirkconnell's alleged racist past.
Many believed Harrison was dismissive and excusing of the racist behavior alleged against Rachael -- who was one of the final few women vying for Matt James' heart on the most recent 'Bachelor' season -- when he was interviewed by former 'Bachelorette' Rachel Lindsay.
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After Chris's initial apology wasn't very well received, he issued a more heartfelt one, then later did it in person on 'GMA' ... and said he was committed to change.
Despite that, it seems he never made it back in the good graces of Bachelor Nation ... and Harrison reportedly reached a confidential settlement with network honchos late Monday night to say farewell.
Evan and Carly split back in December after 3 years of marriage ... and this is the first time they've been seen together in public since the split.
While witnesses say there was no PDA at Evan and Carly's table, we're also told Evan went to the same restaurant the weekend before with a male friend and made a reservation for him and Carly for Mother's Day. So, it sounds like this wasn't a spur-of-the-moment thing.
Looks like there might be hope for an Evan and Carly reunion.
DeMario Jackson -- who crossed interracial dating lines in 'Bachelor' nation -- says the franchise's first black leading man is gonna get blasted for his final rose pick ... there's just no way around it.
Matt James has a tough road ahead of him, including chock-full of scrutiny about the women with whom he connects on the show ... according to DeMario. His take is if Matt chooses anyone but a dark-skinned black girl, he'll draw unwarranted outrage from blacks and whites.
DeMario uses his own experience on Rachel Lindsay's historic season of 'Bachelorette' as well as 'BiP' -- where he hooked up with Corinne Olympios -- to back up his argument.
Be it racist white dudes in his DMs telling him to stay away from "their" women, or black people encouraging him to exclusively date his own race -- DeMario says everyone will have something to say to Matt throughout his season.
Ex-'Bachelorette' star Chad Johnson is under arrest after police investigated a couple of alleged fights between his girlfriend and him ... TMZ has learned.
LAPD took Johnson into custody Monday evening, and according to law enforcement sources his current GF, Annalise Mishler, called 911 because he was at her apartment and they'd gotten into a heated argument.
Annalise told cops Chad -- known as the bad boy from JoJo's 'Bachelorette' season -- was also at her apartment on Sunday, but she says that time things got physical. She claims Johnson was drunk and not only punched a hole in her wall, but also got physical with her.
Officers who responded Monday to Annalise's home, found she had visible red marks on her face. That was enough for cops to arrest Johnson, and according to our law enforcement sources, he's been booked for felony domestic violence and robbery.
We're told the robbery charge stems from Annalise's claim Chad snatched her phone away from her while she was calling 911.
Long before she called cops ... Annalise had put Johnson on blast on social media. Mishler, who is a YouTuber, posted a video Sunday night to her IG ... showing the hole she claims her BF punched in her wall.
She also posted video allegedly showing Johnson screaming at her, saying "I hope you f**king die" after she'd kicked him out of her place.
He told TooFab he hadn't had a drink in 2 months, but "Had a little relapse. Well, I wouldn't call it a little relapse. Big relapse." He apologized for getting so drunk he didn't remember seeing Annalise, but also denied getting physical with her.
Jubilee Sharpe -- who appeared in Ben Higgins' season of "The Bachelor" -- better hope she does better in court than she did in rose ceremonies ... she got a DUI in South Florida.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Jubilee was busted Sunday for DUI in West Palm Beach, Florida. She was released under her own recognizance. It's unclear, at this point, what led to her arrest. We know she grew up in nearby Fort Lauderdale.
Jubilee -- an Army veteran who had a tough upbringing in an orphanage -- was famous for straight-up asking Ben during a group date if he saw a future with her. Ben said no and sent her packing. She finished in 11th place but would later return to seasons 3 and 5 for "Bachelor in Paradise."
During her first run on 'BiP' ... Jubilee was sent home in Week 1. She returned two seasons later but quit after Week 3.
6:40 AM PT -- 1/7 -- Jade Roper and her husband Tanner Tolbert are firing back at claims they colluded to win the DraftKings $1 million fantasy football prize ... saying it was nothing more than "pure luck."
"We respect that Draft Kings feels they must do their due diligence in regard to Jade winning their $1 million dollar prize for the fantasy contest for the NFL’s wild-card round this weekend," Jade and Tanner said in a joint statement.
"Though we must ponder, would the questions, accusations and curiosity about this win be the same if the winner had been male and someone who wasn’t already in the public eye?"
"It is incredibly important for us to establish that Jade’s win is nothing more than pure luck and we are confident that Draft Kings will determine the same."
Former 'Bachelor' contestant Jade Roper Tolbert won $1 MILLION in a DraftKings fantasy football event this weekend ... but the victory has triggered an investigation after it appears she may have cheated.
Roper -- who appeared on season 19 of 'Bachelor' and season 2 of "Bachelor in Paradise" -- was participating in DK's Millionaire Maker daily fantasy contest, which involved selecting a lineup of players from the 4 NFL Wild Card games.
Roper submitted 150 entries -- the maximum allowed -- and one of her lineups ended up winning the $1 MILLION top prize. She even bragged about it on social media!
The problem ... fantasy football experts have pointed out an interesting wrinkle -- that her lineups seemed to be coordinated with her husband's 150 entries to maximize their chances of winning.
"Bachelor in Paradise" star Dean Michael Unglert got his Christmas miracle ... he wasn't more seriously injured during a Swiss Alps ski accident.
Talk about a glass half full ... Dean suffered a dislocated hip and fractured femur and he had 4 screws and a plate implanted in his leg.
Dean said afterward, "All my life I’ve dreamt about skiing the Swiss Alps. how could you not? they’re huge and beautiful and have some of the best snow in the world. today, however, was not my day. i was sending just a liiiiitle too hard and took a nasty spill which ultimately put me here. and since this is probably going to be the only pic i get in switzerland."
He says he was laying on the mountain injured for an hour before he was able to flag someone down for help. But, once rescuers spotted him, he was airborne and in surgery in less than an hour.
The good news ... Switzerland for Xmas is beautiful. The bad news ... not necessarily inside a Swiss hospital.
"Bachelor in Paradise" star Evan Bass is paying to make an erectile dysfunction problem go away ... but it's got nothing to do with his performance in the bedroom.
According to new legal docs ... the 'BiP' hunk has been ordered to fork over $150,000 to the Tennessee Attorney General for allegedly making misleading claims in advertisements for an erectile dysfunction clinic he owns.
The Attorney General previously filed a complaint against Evan's Tennessee Men's Clinic, claiming it was using deceptive marketing campaigns to hawk treatments for ED, premature ejaculation and other male sexual function issues.
The AG claimed Evan's clinic misrepresented how much the treatments actually cost, how well they worked, how necessary they were and how much access patients would have to real doctors.
Evan's not admitting any wrongdoing in the scandal... but he's agreed to pay the $150k and promised not to repeat the claims to make the whole thing disappear.
6:49 AM PT -- 10/16 -- We obtained a picture of Amanda and Brendan having lunch at The Ivy earlier this month. Witnesses say they each were enjoying a couple glasses of wine, and relaxing together. Ah, young love.
Amanda Stanton has a new man in her life ... and the guy she's hanging with is fresh off a separation from his estranged wife, Morgan Stewart.
We're told the "Bachelor in Paradise" star and "Rich Kids of Beverly Hills" star Brendan Fitzpatrick started seeing each other about a month ago after meeting through mutual friends. He lives in L.A. and she lives in the OC but they make the hour-long commute work.
Might not seem like a long-distance relationship, but L.A. peeps know it's a bear.
Anywho ... we're told Amanda and Brendan, a high-end real estate agent, were spotted over the weekend holding hands at Nobu Newport Beach. Brendan and Morgan split back in August after 3 years of marriage, and 6 years together.
"Bachelor in Paradise" star Mike Johnson is a pro at reality TV, so it makes sense for him to be the perfect pretend boyfriend for a music video. Okay, 'Bachelor' Nation. Breathe easy!!!
So, here's the deal ... fan-favorite Mike was cast to play the love interest in singer Bailey Bryan's new music video for her track, "Where We Started." We're told the music video couple filmed Tuesday in N.Y.'s Chinatown ... where they held hands and kissed.
Again, easy 'Bach' crazies ... it's a music video!!!
Our sources say Bailey -- like most of America -- became a huuuuuge fan of Mike's charm and infectious smile during his time on Hannah B's season of "The Bachelorette." Mike turned up the charm again on 'BiP' ... and even though he was eliminated, America still swooned and hoped he'd become the next 'Bachelor.' Didn't happen ... but it wasn't all bad news.
Among the ladies crushing HARD for Mike ... one Demi Lovato. As you probably know by now ... they've reportedly exchanged flirty messages on social media and are hanging out.
So, breathe easy, Demi. Mike's just doing his job with Bailey. BTW ... the video will drop in October and will have a retro vibe to it. Enjoy!!!