The network announced today that the businessman and winemaker will begin his own bid for "true love," choosing from among 25 bachelorettes, when the 16th edition of the reality series, The Bachelor, premieres MONDAY, JANUARY 2 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET).
The 29-year-old Flajnik claims to have been in love three times (Ashley being the third), but has only proposed the one time, according to ABC. But, they say, he is confident that, having found love on "The Bachelorette," he will find his soul mate and a lasting, love-filled relationship this time on The Bachelor.
Flajnik grew up in Sonoma, California, but left for Tucson before he started high school because of his dad's job. His mother is a teacher of third grade "gifted students." Ben stayed in Arizona to attend the University of Arizona, majoring in music production with a minor in business. He started his career in Internet advertising but later took up wine making. He and two partners entered the wine business three years ago and currently have multiple wine brands. He now lives in northern California where he plans to remain for the foreseeable future.
The new reality star likes crab fishing, sailing, golf, skate boarding, surfing, playing piano and singing in a tribute band. He has a Jack Russell Terrier named Scotch.