ARIE WANTED TO BE THE BACH­E­LOR FOR YEARS!

Life & Style Weekly - - Inside Hollywood -

Pa­tience has paid off for newly cho­sen Sea­son 22 Bach­e­lor Arie Luyendyk Jr. It’s been five years since he failed to win Bach­e­lorette Emily May­nard’s heart, but now that he’ll be hand­ing out roses, Arie couldn’t be hap­pier. “He’s wanted to star on The Bach­e­lor for­ever,” re­veals a source. “He’s got­ten close a few times. They’ve dragged him along be­fore.” Arie, 35, re­cently hinted he was a con­tender for the Sea­son 17 Bach­e­lor gig that went to Sean Lowe and for Chris Soules’ sea­son two years later. “In the past, he’s told all his friends he was go­ing to be the Bach­e­lor and then boom — he wasn’t,” the source says. “Talk about embarrassing!” But Arie, a Scotts­dale, Ariz., res­i­dent and pro racer, is revving up the en­gine one more time. “Girls,” the source pre­dicts, “are go­ing to love him.”

“The tim­ing of this re­ally fit for me,” Arie says of be­ing named Bach­e­lor five years af­ter ap­pear­ing on The Bach­e­lorette with Emily (right).

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