Is there anyone more comfortable in their own skin than Kevin Paine? The British hunk is known for his outrageous sense of humor and charm. Since starring on the UK version of TV series, The Bachelor, in 2016, he has been busy impressing fans with his stunning good looks and saucy one-liners.
The six-foot-one hunk made his television debut in a 2013 episode of Celebrity Big Brother. Since then, he has been appearing in various shows including I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, The Chase, Marriage Battle, and of course, The Bachelor. Additionally, the former rugby player has graced covers of several magazines including Elle, OK!, and GQ.
Paine has also found time to star in comedy films such as Can I Keep My Jacket? and Skintight Jeans, both of which he also co-wrote. In 2020, he will star alongside Kate Winslet in the comedy-drama The Sea.
The Bachelor Has Landed In The US
Just when you thought the original The Bachelor couldn’t get any more entertaining, Netflix introduced you to its US equivalent, The Bachelor in Paradise. Based on the beloved original, the new series focuses on a group of gorgeous singles who have already competed for a spot in the fantasy show’s finale. After spending a week together in a luxury villa in Marrakech, the charmingly awkward contestants head to a “paradise” of a secluded beach in the Spanish island of Formentera. But paradise comes at a price — namely, your heart, as the cost of admission is literally your girlfriend (or boyfriend, if you’re into that sort of thing).
The fourteenth season of The Bachelor in Paradise will premiere on February 12, and it looks like fans will have their hands full. Not only will they have to contend with heartbreak, but also with the cuteness of the stars. Take a look, and you’ll see what I mean.
He’s Got Game
Aside from being a total fox, Kevin Paine also happens to be quite the gamer. While some may consider being a celebrity in the world of sport to be a difficult path, the handsome hunk has made it work for him. Earning rave reviews for his athletic prowess on the field, Paine has also turned his hand to creating games and apps. He even launched his own sports app for smartphones in 2018, which allows users to track their favourite teams and players’ stats.
Paine’s sporting career took off after he played rugby for England in 2011. He went on to represent the country at test level and in the World Rugby Sevens Championships. The athlete also captained England in the 2018 world cup in Japan — where he picked up a knee injury — and featured in the team’s victory parade. Since then, Paine has worked to regain his fitness and prepare for his next international tournament in January 2020.
Born In Jamaica, Raised In London
You may know that Jamaicans, including Kevin Paine, are sometimes referred to as “Jamaican boys.” While the island nation has produced a number of famous musicians, athletes, and singers, it’s also been home to some pretty famous men. From actor Denzel Washington to musician Bob Marley, Jamaicans have historically been famous for their good looks. And what’s more, Jamaicans are often considered to be the most handsome population in the world. According to the most recent research, there’s scientific proof to back up this claim!
While Kevin Paine was born in Kingston, Jamaica, he was raised in London, where he attended St Olave’s Grammar School. After graduating from the University of London with a degree in economics, he immediately embarked on a career in gaming. It’s quite the life for a self-confessed “gaddie” — the term used by the British to refer to a guy more commonly known for his good looks than his brains. He still resides in London with his wife, Carole, and their two daughters. Together, the family enjoys dining out and staying in hotels.
He’s Not Your Traditional Bachelor
Even fans of The Bachelor may be surprised to learn that Kevin Paine is anything other than traditional. The charming bachelor admitted that he is “not necessarily looking for a traditional relationship” while discussing the upcoming season of The Bachelor with Bachelorette contestant Anna Beck. Asked if there were any qualities she lacked that he would like to see in a potential mate, Paine replied:
“I would say ‘traditional’, to be honest. I mean, I just want someone I can spend my life with…I want someone that I can share my bed with and my life with. I’ve never been particularly traditional. I like to think I’m a free spirit and I like to do things my way. So, to answer your question, no, there’s not much that I don’t like.”
Paine went on to stress that he doesn’t want to change who he is “to be someone that people expect.” He also explained that, during his time on The Bachelor, he would like to explore some “personal growth” and “learn a lot” about himself. And what’s more, he wants to be sure that the person he marries is “the one” and isn’t just “somebody to settle down with.”
He’s An All-Round Perfection
Aside from being strikingly handsome, Kevin Paine also happens to be a talented singer and songwriter. Back in 2013, he debuted his music career with the single “Perfection,” which he co-wrote with Mattia Pepe. While the song didn’t make it to the top of the charts, it did receive airplay on a number of popular UK radio stations.
In the years since, Kevin Paine has gone on to release two more singles, “The Game” and “Over You.” Both songs were co-written by the athlete and feature gorgeous vocal performances from him. And as if that wasn’t enough, he also penned the title track for the stage play, Prick in the Meat, which premiered at the Soho Theatre in 2018. The play is a farce about a group of friends who conspire to sleep with the boss’s girlfriend and, in the process, ruin their friend’s chances of winning her heart.
The Bachelor Favorites
Since its inception, The Bachelor has become a benchmark of sorts for television series. It set the standard for reality TV dating shows and launched a thousand ships (or so it seems — at least in terms of entertainment value). It’s no wonder that the show has continued to flourish even after all these years, with Nick Viall and Jason Dessen taking the reins as hosts for the twentieth and twenty-first seasons, respectively. Here’s a short list of some of the show’s most memorable moments.
The Women Who Made History
While some may argue that dating multiple women at once is “traditional” these days, that hasn’t always been the case. In fact, some of the women on The Bachelor are proud to say that what they did on the show was truly groundbreaking. In an interview with OK! Magazine, Hilary Bischoff — one of the few women who lasted more than a few weeks on the show — praised the producers for giving her and her fellow contestants an opportunity to be “bold” and “take a chance”.
“If we were in a traditional relationship-themed show, the producers would’ve picked a different way to go about it,” she said. “But here we were, four strong women looking for love, and we made history.”
The ‘Marriage-Proofing’ Ritual
One of the most important things to have before hitting the big four-oh is a spouse. Or, at the very least, a significant other. According to UK law, the Bachelor’s contestants are required to get marriage licenses before their relationships can be considered “official.” For most of the women on the show, that meant having to navigate the tricky process of “marriage proofing,” where potential mates must establish their financial stability and commitment to each other. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight UK, Carole Middleton, the mother of Meghan, the Duchess of Cambridge, revealed that she and her daughter went through a “marital version of Pokémon Go” before Prince Harry’s wedding in 2019.