Blake Monar is the latest contender on Bachelor in Paradise. Blake appeared on The Bachelorette season 16 and was a professional baseball player.
After four weeks of twists and turns, the latest surprise addition to Bachelor in Paradise season 7 is the elusive The Bachelorette alum Blake Monar. After spending only a few episodes of his original season, Blake is essentially a stranger to many Bachelor in Paradise‘s viewers. For fans who are curious to know more about the new Bachelor in Paradise star, here’s all about Blake from his time The Bachelorette season 16 after his career outside of reality television.
Blake is 32 years old and grew up in Indiana before moving to his current hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. According to ABC‘s website, Blake was a dedicated baseball player while growing up. He followed his passion for the sport into adulthood when he pursued a career as a professional athlete. After attending Indiana University Bloomington University, he achieved his dream of playing in the major leagues. In 2011, Blake was signed to Washington DC’s professional baseball team, the Washington Nationals. Of the Nationals, Blake played for the Auburn Doubledays. In August 2011, Blake was named to the GCL Nationals from the Doubledays. Unfortunately, after two years of playing professional baseball, Blake suffered a life-altering injury.
On September 5, 2012, Blake was placed on the Doubledays’ list of the disabled. The previous Bachelorette Season 16 star’s ABC biography explains that he suffered “a debilitating neuromuscular injury.” In March 2013, Blake was released from the Auburn Doubledays and was forced to retire early. With his baseball career behind him, Blake had to find a new path. He then moved across the country to Phoenix, where he began work on his next business venture. In 2016, reality TV star Statum Style founded, describing Blake’s LinkedIn “a completely natural grooming company dedicated to timeless appearance and the promotion of individuality and safety in your own skin.” In addition to working as CEO and president of Statum Style, Blake is also a model for the cosmetic business. Blake’s modeling expertise can be seen on his Instagram, where he has more than 11,000 followers.
In 2020, Blake takes time off from his career to focus on his love life. Blake continues to play The Bachelorette season 16, where he competed for the love of Clare Crawley. Unfortunately, Blake could not make a strong impression on Clare or Bachelorette fans while eliminated on week 2. Although he was rare The BacheloretteHe kept in touch with Bachelor Nation as his Instagram contains photos of fellow alumni, including Blake Horstmann and Ivan Hall. Bachelor in Paradise was a comeback for Blake, who could have had better luck with women for the second time. When he arrives, Blake immediately draws the attention of Tia Booth, who refers to the CEO as a “Nice dad.” Blake and Tia went on a sensual date that looks much more promising than his previous attempt to beat Clare in season 16.
Blake may not be the most famous Bachelorette alum, but he lived a fascinating life despite his disappointing season 16 journey. From the baseball field to the model for his own grooming business, Blake has a compelling background that will definitely spark his new romantic interest, Tia. Hopefully Blake will stay longer than two weeks Bachelor in Paradise.
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Bachelor in Paradise is broadcast on Tuesdays at 20:00 on ABC.
Sources: ABC, Blake Monar / LinkedIn, Blake Monar / Instagram
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