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The Bachelor

Jake Pavelka

Date of birth: January 27, 1978
Hometown: Denton, Texas
Currently living in: Dallas, Texas
Family: Father, James (dentist), and mother, Sallie (nurse), have been married for many years; older brother, Jason; younger brother, Matt
Education: University of North Texas and Embry Engineering University for Aerospace Science
Occupation at the time of the show: Commercial pilot
Interests: Flying, golf, salsa dancing, country dancing, yard work
Significant other? Jake is dating Dallas wedding planner Meghan Jones.
Twitter: @jakepavelka1

Jake Pavelka was the star of The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love (Season 14). He was also a suitor on Season 5 of The Bachelorette and a contestant on Season 10 of Dancing With the Stars. At the end of Season 14, Jake rejected fan favorite Tenley Molzahn and (in a highly controversial move) proposed to bottle-blonde Vienna Girardi. The two had a messy breakup that aired in a television special during Season 6 of The Bachelorette in the summer of 2010.

After the show: Although stiff and slightly awkward, Bachelor Jake joined the Season 10 cast of Dancing With the Stars. Jake partnered with pro dancer Chelsie Hightower and was eliminated fifth, right after Kate Gosselin. Pre-Bachelor he was an actor with the stage name Jake Landrum. After DWTS, Jake returned to acting for art-imitates-life roles as a reality star on Drop Dead Diva and a pilot on The Bold and the Beautiful. As of 2011, Jake is flying in air shows and dating Dallas wedding planner Meghan Jones.

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