‘Who­ever gets me next is go­ing to be very happy’

Metro Canada (Halifax) - - LIFE - Melita Kuburas Metro | canada

Chris Ler­oux can tell pretty quickly if a woman is in­ter­ested in him “for the right rea­sons.”

The star of The Bach­e­lor Canada and former Ma­jor League Base­ball player ad­mits that he went into the show skep­ti­cal about who was there to find love, and who was there to boost their brand or In­sta­gram fol­low­ers.

“Be­ing a pro­fes­sional ath­lete, I’ve had peo­ple like that around me,” says Ler­oux, who’s try­ing to find his for­ever per­son among the 20 sexy women com­pet­ing for his at­ten­tion. “I’m good at weed­ing those peo­ple out.”

Some will ques­tion his mo­tives too — after all, the six­foot-five Ler­oux, who has an easy­go­ing man­ner and wants to set­tle down and buy a big house in a nice neigh­bour­hood, doesn’t have much trou­ble meet­ing women.

“I’m one of the most bor­ing guys on the planet when it comes to mo­tive,” Ler­oux, 33, in­sists. On the show, we see him shop­ping for real es­tate in his home­town of Mis­sis­sauga, Ont., wist­fully hop­ing he’ll soon meet some­one he can “pick paint sam­ples with and test mat­tresses with.”

But he says a ten­dency to make jokes rather than truly open up has held back his past re­la­tion­ships.

He thought there would be a chance for him to fall in love on the show, but what he didn’t ex­pect was that it would make him a bet­ter per­son, he says.

“I can prom­ise you one thing: I’m go­ing to be the best ver­sion of my­self in my next re­la­tion­ship. Who­ever gets me next, at least from my point of view, is go­ing to be very happy.”

It doesn’t bother Ler­oux that pre­vi­ous leads in the Cana­dian ver­sion of the fran­chise did not stay with the per­son they chose at the end of the show: Jas­mine Lorimer, this coun­try’s first Bach­e­lorette, an­nounced her split from fi­ancé Kevin Wendt ear­lier this year, and former Bach­e­lor Brad Smith and Bianka Kam­ber called off their en­gage­ment about two years after meet­ing on the show.

“Hon­estly, I haven’t lost any sleep at night be­cause Brad and Bianka are not to­gether any­more. I hate to be point blank about it but that’s just how I am,” he says. “I’m never gonna try to keep up with the Jone­ses, you know? I’m gonna try to keep up with my­self.”

Con­trib­uted

the new sea­son of the Bach­e­lor canada, star­ring chris ler­oux, pre­mieres tonight at 9 p.m. on W Net­work.

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