New Bachelor Confirmed: Arie Luyendyk Jr.

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Arie Luyendyk Jr. is ready to give love a second shot!

Luyendyk Jr., the 35-year-old was revealed as The Bachelor’s next leading man by Good Morning America Thursday Morning.  He is still in shock and exclusively tells PEOPLE, “This is pretty surreal. It doesn’t really feel real yet.”

Luyendyk Jr. is taking it step by step, and says that the timing is just perfect in his life.

I could not be more excited for this journey I’m about to embark on.

This is Luyendyk Jr.’s second attempt to finding love on national television. The Netherlands native is best known in Bachelor Nation as the runner-up on Emily Maynard’s season of The Bachelorette in 2012. He admits that he is not nervous and the time away from all of it was a good idea. “It feels like the feeling I had before I went into it the first time.”

Luyendyk Jr. continues, “I think sometimes when you’re on The Bachelorette and you jump right into being the Bachelor, for me it would’ve been too soon.”

This Bachelor isn’t concerned what people think, only focused on the outcome. We are already counting down the days to season 22 of The Bachelor!


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