Jake Pavelka the Bachelor Settles Down
At first glance, Jake Pavelka seems to be the complete package—great looks, a good job and a loving family. But step inside the commercial airline pilot's three-bedroom Lantana, Texas, bachelor pad and it's clear something is missing. His walls are mostly bare, his coffee table bereft of books, and his kitchen has seen better days. His mother has only been able to provide the slightest hint of a woman's touch.
"The paintings, like this one of a bowl of cherries, my mom painted," Pavelka says of one of his few pieces of artwork. "I stole them from her house a year ago."
But as the star of ABC's latest installment of The Bachelor, which premieres Jan. 4, Pavelka is looking to land more than just a lady with a flair for home furnishings. He went into the show hoping to find "a best friend and soulmate, someone who's adventurous and spontaneous," he explains. "Somebody who can get dirty and then clean up and look like a million dollars."
With filming now complete, Pavelka confesses he got his wish the first night he met the cast of 25 single women. "One of the women grabbed me, and we started playing a game of football," he says, laughing. Beyond that, he's reluctant to reveal whether or not the season will end with a proposal. "Well, I don't want to ruin the surprise," he says. "What I can tell you is that I stay true to myself. I didn't necessarily do what everybody wanted me to do."
Pavelka has a history of breaking the Bachelor rules, most notably during last season's run of The Bachelorette, when he was vying for Jillian Harris's love. After she sent him packing, he came back to the show to warn her of a nefarious potential suitor. That devotion to Jillian began to haunt Pavelka once he became the Bachelor. "Some of the women questioned my feelings about Jillian," Pavelka says. Yet he quickly quelled their concerns: "They could see I'm not still hung up on her."
In fact, Pavelka confesses that several of his potential mates on the show captured his heart—with perplexing results. "I'd go on a date with a particular girl, and it would go well, and I'd go, 'Oh yeah.' And then I'd go on a date with another girl, and it would go just as well, and it would get confusing," he says. "I didn't know what to make of it."
But, he says, no matter how great the emotional upheaval, he has absolutely no regrets about signing up for the show.
"I got up this morning and I felt great," Pavelka says, flashing a grin that makes him look an awful lot like a man in love. "I have every reason in the world to be happy."
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