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Arie Luyendyk Jr. Hasn’t Loved Anyone Since Emily Maynard

Arie Luyendyk Jr. nailed his Bachelor audition. The race car driver, who was runner-up on Emily Maynard’s season 8 of The Bachelorette, had an open and honest conversation with ABC producers about his love life before his new gig was revealed on Good Morning America.

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“ABC sat with Arie and it was really great to catch up and see where he was in his life,” a source exclusively tells Us Weekly. “And he told them he hadn’t been in love since Emily and he was so sincere about finding a woman to complete his life, they knew that was their Bachelor!”

Arie Luyendyk Jr. Emily Maynard
Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Emily Maynard on ‘The Bachelorette.’ John LeMay/ABC via Getty Images

Maynard, meanwhile, still speaks fondly of him. “I can’t think of a better person to be The Bachelor than Arie and I’ve been hoping this day would come since Season 8 ended!” the 31-year-old exclusively told Us on Thursday, moments after his new title was announced. “He’s a gentleman through and through and all the girls on his season are lucky to have him.”

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Luyendyk Jr., 35, was previously linked to Courtney Robertson, too. The Bachelor season 16 winner, 34, revealed that they they even hooked up last year.

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Arie Luyendyk Jr.
Arie Luyendyk Jr. Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images

“I adore Arie,” Robertson exclusively told Us in February 2016. “He’s a great friend who I like to make out with from time to time!”

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