The Bachelorette season 14 is finally here, and as viewers analyzed Becca Kufrin’s contestants on Monday night’s season premiere, some couldn’t help but notice that one of them looked a little familiar. It turns out that Colton Underwood, the 26-year-old former pro football player, is Olympic gold-medal gymnast Aly Raisman‘s ex-boyfriend.
“Never [forget] that Colton dated Olympic icon Aly Raisman,” one Twitter user pointed out, along with a photo of the two getting close on the red carpet.
Raisman and Underwood appeared at many events together in early 2017, including the Golden Globes, and dated from approximately December 2016 to June 2017. Their relationship was a bit of a viral sensation, mostly because Underwood asked Raisman out via a video that was organized by some mutual friends.
Other Bachelorette viewers recognized Underwood, too. Some seemed to think that he might be looking for fame more than he’s looking for love, even suggesting that he was previously linked to one of Kufrin’s season 22 Bachelor costars, Tia Booth.
Whatever his dating history might be, Underwood emerged as an early front-runner for Kufrin’s affection. After leaving the NFL due to an injury, the Denver, Colorado, native went on to start his own foundation to help kids fighting cystic fibrosis.
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