On October 14, AshLee Frazier and Michael Garofola confirmed their new relationship, and we were completely ecstatic to know that the two optimists may have found love in one another. Season 17 Bachelor alumna Ash is best known as the third runner-up on Sean Lowe’s love journey, while Michael was the lawyer who sought truth on Desiree Hartsock’s Bachelorette Season 9. Now, Michael tells Wetpaint Entertainment all about how the pair came to be.
It’s not unusual to hear about Bachelor Nation cats and kittens getting together at officially sanctioned events, or meeting because they’ve been sniffing the same roses. But it wasn’t like that for Capital L and Michael G!
“We didn’t meet at a Bachelor speed dating event. We met in an organic fashion,” Michael tells Wetpaint. “One of my best friends, a guy I went to law school with, Josh, is from [AshLee’s hometown] Katy, Texas, and knew one of AshLee’s friends.”
As for how they met, it seems only right that it feels a little old fashioned, considering they both seem like total romantics. “We were talking for a few weeks before finally meeting in person in NYC over Labor Day weekend. I’m from New York, and I was visiting family. AshLee had meetings, an interview with Cosmo radio on XM and hosted a Match.com event while she was in town.”
Adds Michael, “We hit it off instantly.” Awww, so cute! We’re not sure how they’ll handle their busy schedules or the long distance — Ash just launched the Love It! store and lives in Houston, Texas, while Michael is an assistant U.S. district attorney in Miami, Florida — but it seems like they have all the right building blocks for a successful love connection!
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