made a name for himself within the Graham Bunn franchise before being linked to Bachelor on Friday, June 11. Jana Kramer
The reality star, 42, appeared on season 4 of
in 2011, vying for lead The Bachelorette ’ affection. The season 11 DeAnna Pappas Bachelor alum, 39, landed her role as the Bachelorette after ABC considered for the lead, which factored into Bunn’s casting. Chrishell Stause
“Graham Bunn was on my season of
The Bachelorette and apparently he only went on the show because he thought Chrishell was going to be the Bachelorette,” Pappas revealed on Us Weekly’s “Here for the Right Reasons” podcast in November 2020. “I guess they had dated before and then they broke up and he was going to try and win her back. And then I guess he got there, and it was me instead.”
Bunn reflected on his relationship with the
star — whom he dated before and after his stint on Selling Sunset The Bachelorette — in January. “I met Chrishell and fell in love,” he recalled on the “Click Bait With Bachelor Nation” podcast. “I was like, ‘This is the most adult relationship I’ve ever been in’ … even now.”
The TV personality later returned to the fold for spinoffs
and Bachelor Pad but failed to make a lasting connection. He confirmed exclusively to Bachelor in Paradise Us in June 2015 that he was done with the franchise.
“[ABC] did express some interest, but I’m actually dating a very lovely lady that I like very much so I did not have to go back to Paradise,” Bunn explained at the time. “I think people have had enough of me. I’ve been on a few shows.”
Bachelorette alum sparked dating rumors with Kramer, 37, amid her divorce from . The actress and the former football player, 34, Mike Caussin split in April after nearly six years of marriage; they are parents of daughter Jolie, 5, and son Jace, 2.
“OK, sure, we are in an entanglement,” Kramer said of herself and Bunn during the Friday episode of
Daily Pop. “We are dancing the line of friends. We are dancing the line, and I am happy.”
alum One Tree Hill hinted on Thursday, June 10, that she was seeing someone new. “I’m happy. I’m still single, but I’m entertaining things,” she detailed on Daily Pop. “I love love. I will always fight for it. … Now, I deserve the greatest, biggest love and am excited for it.”
Scroll through the gallery below to learn more about Bunn amid his budding romance with Kramer.
1. He Came Close to Winning Season 4 of ‘The Bachelorette’
Bunn competed for Pappas’ heart during season 4 of the ABC reality series, which aired in 2008. Although he was a fan favorite, he ended up in fourth place, with
proposing to the leading lady during the finale. The pair called it quits in November 2008 ahead of their May 2009 wedding, and she went on to tie the knot with Jesse Csincsak Stephen Stagliano in October 2011. They welcomed daughter Addison in February 2014 and son Austin in March 2016.
Bunn and Pappas remained close friends after their breakup. He called his ex “one of my favorite [people] on earth” in a May
Instagram post after he appeared on the “Flashbacks” podcast with her.
2. He Dated High-Profile ‘Bachelor’ Alums on Two Spinoffs
The North Carolina native did not give up on finding The One after his split from Pappas. He appeared on season 2 of
Bachelor Pad in 2011, making it to the finale with before losing to Michelle Money and Holly Durst Michael Stagliano. He also starred on season 1 of Bachelor in Paradise in 2014, during which he struck up a romance with AshLee Frazier. However, they split during the finale since they were not ready to commit to each other.
3. He Dated Chrishell Stause On and Off for Years
Bunn met Stause after he returned from playing professional basketball in Germany. They dated for a short time before she was
approached to appear on . While she did not end up starring on the show, Pappas claimed that Bunn went on The Bachelor The Bachelorette because he believed the realtor was set to be the lead. After his elimination, he and Stause got back together and dated for two years.
“For me, in my life, of course I’m going to fall hard for her,” he explained on the “Click Bait With Bachelor Nation” podcast in January.
4. He Met Jana Kramer Through the Country Music World
Kramer, who has multiple country hits under her belt, met Bunn seven years ago when he worked at a country radio station. They stayed in touch and have been pals ever since. “We are still friends and we’re just friendly,” she said on
5. He Has Held Several Jobs Outside of Reality TV
After retiring from the
Bachelor franchise, Bunn hosted the 2018 USA reality series Real Country. He also hosts the “Country Shine” podcast and has been a country radio personality. He lives in Los Angeles.
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