Who is Bachelor In Paradise contestant Justin Reich and does he find love on ABC’s summer reality show? The 27-year-old fitness instructor didn’t make a love connection on Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season of The Bachelorette, but spoilers indicate that he has more success in Paradise.
Justin, who is a single dad to an adorable little boy, Aurelius, lives right outside of Chicago in Naperville, Illinois. His LinkedIn profile reveals that he runs his own fitness company, J. Reich Training and previously worked for Lifetime Fitness. According to The Heavy reports, Jason’s ex, and the mother of his son is Autumn Pippenberg, founder of the Who’s Who Society and CEO of the marketing agency Digi Noggin.
After arriving in Paradise on Week 4, Justin immediately asked Samantha Steffen out. Although she says “yes,” spoilers indicate that she will change her mind on the episode that airs August 30, choosing to spend time with Nick Peterson instead.
Reality Steve reports that Justin then accepts newcomer Mackenzie Deonigi’s (Chris Soules’ season) date request, leading to what ABC’s previews show is a wedding-themed date. Apparently, the fake nuptials don’t go so well because Justin moves on to another new arrival — Cassandra Ferguson from Bachelor Juan Pablo’s season.
Cassandra and Justin meet late in the season, but they quickly move on to the season finale as one of five couples who are in love — or heading in that direction. After a one-on-one date and an overnight date in the Fantasy Suite during the two-night finale (September 6 and 7), they leave the show as a couple after the final rose ceremony.
Weeks after, taping for the show ended in late June, Cassandra’s love story with Justin appeared to come to an end. While the contestants are under contract to keep the outcome of the reality show under wraps, she started posting pictures on Instagram of herself with another Bachelor in Paradise cast member — Jonathan Holloway.
Holloway, also a single dad of a gorgeous little boy, Sky, also shared cute pictures of the pair with their children, hashtagging the photos #playdate.
The most recent pictures look more like a real date than a play date. Last week, Cassandra posted a picture of a romantic home-cooked meal they cooked together, just another clue that a love is in the air outside of Paradise.
According to Reality Steve, Cassandra and Jonathan are “definitely” dating, moving quickly from “just friends” to couple status. There is no word on when Cassandra split with Justin — perhaps the split will be revealed on the final After Paradise special that follows the season finale on September 7.
Watch the remaining episodes of Bachelor in Paradise on Sunday and Monday nights at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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