Will Graham Bunn return to Bachelor in Paradise to find love this summer? Filming is already underway for the summer reality show’s second season, and fans are hoping to see Graham on the cast list.
Bunn is no stranger to the Bachelor franchise. After appearing on DeAnna Pappa’s season of The Bachelorette in 2008, he went on to star on Bachelor Pad Season 2, and the first season of Bachelor in Paradise in 2014.
Fans will remember the rather one-sided relationship he had with AshLee Frazier on BIP last year. After being warned by Michelle Money that AshLee was not a good match for him, Graham ended their relationship on the season finale. Even host Chris Harrison agreed that Graham was forced into dating AshLee exclusively during the show, something that ended up backfiring on her.
Fortunately for Bunn, he won’t have to worry about being pressured into a reality TV relationship this summer. The 36-year-old Go Country 105 radio personality tells People that he was approached to go on Bachelor in Paradise, but he turned down the offer for a very good reason — he has a girlfriend.
“They did express some interest… but I’m actually dating a very lovely lady that I like very much. So I did not need to go back to Paradise. I think people have had enough of me. I’ve been on a few shows.”
Who is the lucky girl in his life? If you follow Graham on Instagram, there’s no shortage of pictures of his “lovely lady” — model Jessica Roberts. According to WetPaint, the couple had a long distance relationship in 2012, with Graham in New York and Jessica in California. Somewhere along the way, they stopped dating, or simply stopped posting photos of each other on Instagram.
Now that Bunn is living and working in Southern California, the couple is dating again and judging from their photos, seem to be very happy together. He tells People that Jessica hasn’t watched any of the shows he’s been on, and even he is steering clear of watching this season of the Bachelorette.
Although Graham Bunn won’t be joining the cast of Bachelor in Paradise, he does have a bit of advice for the contestants who will be YOPO-ing in Mexico this summer.
“Make sure that you be yourself, and don’t sacrifice. At the end of day, the show is only the show, and you go back to being who you were before that. So if you’re kind of representing something that you’re not, it’s going to get real tiresome to keep doing that the rest of your life.”
Bachelor in Paradise Season 2 premieres Sunday, August 2 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
[Images: ABC, Graham Bunn – Instagram]