One girl that Bachelor Nick Viall seems particularly fond of is Raven Gates. The 25-year-old Hoxie, Arkansas store owner is very sweet, very Christian and the perfect girl to take home to meet his worried family in his hometown of Waukesha, Wisconsin (–a small suburb outside of Milwaukee).
In fact Nick decides Raven is the perfect girl to introduce to his mom after his embarrassing showing on Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season of The Bachelorette–just so mom knows they aren’t all DTF. Speaking of DTF Raven is also ideal because she will be meeting Nick’s baby sister Bella and Raven is child-safe unlike some other contestants that are not child-safe….Corinne Olympios–a-hem.
Nick is the second oldest of 11 children and baby Bella is the youngest. In fact I think Bella’s job is to make Nick look like he cares about more than just getting laid. This way we see Nick as caring and paternal…a potential baby daddy.
So Nick said this about his first 1 on 1 with Raven in his People blog.
“My date with Raven was something I was looking forward to all week. I felt like this date was the closest thing to what a real weekend with my future wife could be like. I was a little nervous introducing Bella and my parents to Raven. I knew that my family would absolutely love Raven and embrace her with open arms. I was nervous about Raven feeling like I put the pressure on her and that there would be a chance that she would get into her head. But all of that was melted away the second we hit the field. Raven not only jumped into the action with the girls on the team, but she couldn’t have been more of her charming and amazing self with my entire family. I mean, she asked about spanking!
Skating was by far a highlight for me. I must admit, I couldn’t wait to impress Raven with my skills. Not many people know this, well if you watched the episode you do now, but I am a grade-A roller skater. I might be bold enough to say, I am like the Michelle Kwan of wheels. With Raven by my side and skating to “Kiss Me,” it could not have been a more perfect ending to a day.
So on the date Raven tells Nick that her last boyfriend cheated on her–in fact she walked in on her boyfriend having sex with someone else. Nick, if you recall, was engaged before going on Andi’s season of The Bachelorette and was cheated on.
“When Raven opened up about her last relationship, I felt like I understood her so much more. I too have been cheated on, and I feel like we could relate on how it made us question ourselves. But we both came out of it building up our self-worth. Hearing Raven reflect on how her past made her stronger was very attractive. I know it took a lot of courage to tell that story. I never condone physical violence, but I can’t imagine being a woman put in that situation. I’d known for a while that Raven had a good heart, but that night I learned she is feisty and full of so much more power than I’d ever imagined. When I went to sleep that night and thought about our date, I was so excited about our future. Raven is a woman who would make a fierce partner and her confidence in herself is what I desire most in someone who could be my wife.”
Nick does like a girl who can serve it up.
Raven gets a rose.