Bachelor Chris Soules' arrest record and previous engagement are creating a buzz just days before Monday's season premiere. Will his legal issues, and the fact that he broke off an engagement after a seven-year relationship, be revealed to the 30 girls who are looking to become the farmer's wife?
Radar Online states that Chris has a "rap sheet" with at least one arrest and more than 13 different charges between 1998 and 2010. In addition to the Bachelor's legal woes, ABC recently revealed that Soules was previously engaged to be married, but bowed out at the last minute.
In a recent interview with People, Chris admits that he found love on the show, but cannot say whether or not he is engaged due to contract obligations. However, blogger Reality Steve is certain that Soules got engaged during the final rose ceremony — one that supposedly took place inside a barn in Iowa.
While it's not unusual for couples to get engaged on The Bachelor (unless you're Juan Pablo), it is widely known that they spend very little time together while filming the show.
ABC News states that Soules was in a "seven-year relationship"— supposedly with his college sweetheart Sheena Schreck — long before he appeared on Andi Dorfman's season of The Bachelorette. He decided to end his engagement shortly before the couple's wedding day because he "didn't want to settle."
"Heartbroken, Chris ended that seven-year relationship just months before he expected to walk down the aisle. Although his relationship with his ex-fiancéecalls off wedding was good, he didn't want to settle for 'good.' He wanted 'great.'"Soules dated his ex-fiance for seven years, but apparently he didn't consider her "great" enough to marry. The Stir's Mary Fischer writes what many fans are probably wondering: "How in the heck is he supposed to be all gung-ho to get hitched after only going on a few fantasy dates?" Perhaps the fact that he was much younger when he got engaged the first time is explanation enough.
As far as Chris Soules arrest record, the rap sheet that was initially obtained by Radar Online may or may not be important to the 30 girls who will be vying for the Bachelor's heart this season.
In 2006, Soules was arrested for drunk driving and was found guilty. He was fined more than $500, and served a year of probation for the charge. In addition to drunk driving charges, Chris had a number of other infractions — some as recent as 2010 — including a registration violation, a fine for speeding, and an arrest for underage drinking.
@TheBachelorTV starts January 5th!! My favorite farmer from the Bachelorette will be the Bachelor! Yay @C_Soules! pic.twitter.com/mZGlJ1AWJBWill the 30 ladies hoping to become the farmer's wife be turned off when they find out Chris ditched his bride-to-be after seven years of dating and had problems with the law in the past?
— Katelyn Midkiff (@KMidkiff93) December 23, 2014
It is not known if he reveals his past to the girls while on group or one-on-one dates, or if they are informed prior to coming on the show. If Reality Steve is correct in his prediction, and Soules got engaged during the final rose ceremony, there is obviously one woman who only cares about her future with Prince Farming, not his past.
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