Danielle Maltby aka Dani comes to The Bachelor with quite an interesting and tragic back story that I’m sure we will hear about on the upcoming season. In fact Dani gets the first 1 on 1 date and I’m sure she will tell Nick that she was engaged to another “Nick” 5 years ago.
So interestingly Danielle and Nick Viall grew up in the same town of Waukesha, Wisconsin and that is where Dani’s fiancee sadly passed away in 2011. Dani met a talented musician named Nicholas Haag son of Jonathan and Kathleen Haag of Nashville, Tennessee several years ago. Nicholas went to school in Florida at the Florida School of the Arts and graduated from a music production school in Phoenix, Arizona.
In 2005 he moved to Nashville to play guitar with the Wayne Mills Band. And in the fall of 2010 he joined Chasin’ Mason.
Nick died of an overdose at the age of 29 in Waukesha Memorial Hospital leaving his parents, 3 brothers and fiancee Danielle Maltby behind.
Sadly Dani found him at home after he had overdosed. Prior to that she had no idea that he was a drug addict.
I found it interesting that after his tragic passing Dani moved to Nashville, Tennessee for a fresh start, but I almost wonder if she moved to Nashville to feel closer to him since his family was from there and Nick spent so many good years playing music there before moving to Waukesha, Wisconsin.
I also wonder why a talented musician like Nick would end up living in Waukesha. What I am getting at is I wonder if Nick moved to Waukesha to be with his girlfriend Dani and Dani feel horribly guilty thinking that perhaps leaving Nashville caused him to spiral down. Additionally given that Dani is a Neonatal nurse she likely likes to help people and therefore feels an enormous sense of responsibility for their well-being which would suggest to me that Dani feels like she could have done more to help Nick.
Hopefully we will learn a bit more about this situation when the new season of The Bachelor starts in a week.