|Full Name||Blake Horstmann|
|Birthday||April 22, 1989|
|Birth Place||Bailey, Colorado, United States|
|Social Media||Twitter, Instagram|
Blake Horstmann first stole the hearts of viewers across America as a contestant on season 14 of The Bachelorette in 2018. Though he didn‘t end up with the final rose, Blake won over fans with his authenticity, humor, and rugged good looks. Since then, he‘s gone on to star in the spinoff Bachelor in Paradise and build a loyal social media following. Let‘s take a closer look at this beloved reality star!
Early Life and Career
Blake grew up in the small mountain town of Bailey, Colorado where he cultivated a love for the outdoors. As a teen, Blake attended Bear Creek High School where he played football and ran track. After graduating in 2007, he went on to study marketing at Texas A&M University and joined the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
After getting his degree, Blake returned to Colorado and worked in tech sales and business development. By 2018 when he was cast on The Bachelorette at age 29, Blake was working for Oracle and living in Denver. Though he had a stable career, Blake was ready for adventure and to find love.
Finding Reality TV Fame
Blake made his reality TV debut on Becca Kufrin‘s season of The Bachelorette in 2018. Sparks flew when they met, and Becca gave Blake the coveted first impression rose. He quickly emerged as a front-runner with his easygoing nature and obvious chemistry with Becca. Fans were shocked when Blake was eliminated after hometown dates, finishing in third place.
Eager for redemption, Blake joined season 5 of Bachelor in Paradise weeks later. He struck up a romance with Kristina Schulman, but left Paradise single.
The following summer, Blake returned for Bachelor in Paradise season 6 where he infamously oscillated between Kristina and Caelynn Miller-Keyes. As Blake‘s pre-show hookups came to light, he developed a "player" reputation. But he ultimately left Paradise ready to put drama behind him.
Since his time on The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise, Blake has returned home to Denver and works in tech sales. But he‘s also leveraged his celebrity status, amassing over 550k Instagram followers.
Blake has monetized his platform through partnerships with brands like Diff Eyewear and Liquid IV. He also launched his own podcast called "Behind the Rose" in 2019 where he dishes on inside Bachelor Nation info.
Though Blake is still looking for the one, he always keeps us guessing with his dynamic dating life. The self-proclaimed "pilot Pete of Bachelor in Paradise" certainly knows how to keep things interesting!
Fun Facts About Blake
Over the years, Blake has let fans in on some fun tidbits that make him even more lovable:
- He‘s an avid snowboarder and grew up skiing in the Rockies.
- Luke Bryan and Eric Church are his favorite country music stars.
- Blake took improv comedy classes before going on The Bachelorette.
- His celebrity crush is Jennifer Aniston.
- In college, he was in a country music band called Gentlemen‘s Club.
- Blake loves festivals and has been to Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Stagecoach.
Why We Love Blake Horstmann
While Blake‘s romantic history is messy, fans can‘t get enough of him for good reason. Not only is he shockingly handsome, he‘s also relatable, hilarious, and surprisingly down-to-earth for a reality star. Blake keeps it real rather than putting on a squeaky clean, phony facade for cameras. Whether he‘s starting food fights, beatboxing, or laughing at himself, Blake Horstmann just radiates charisma and fun.