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Blake Moynes is one more who arrived fashionably late to Katie's journey. He's another hunky hopeful whose previous two attempts at winning the Bachelorette's heart were, sadly, unsuccessful.
You might remember Blake from Clare Crawley and Tayshia Adams' season. He was quite the determined contestant willing to do pretty much anything to earn some extra one-on-one time. Now, he's taking a third stab at Katie's heart, and he's really hoping this one sticks.
Here's everything to know about Blake Moynes and how long he lasts on Katie's The Bachelorette season.
Blake is a super proud Canadian.
From maple syrup to hockey, Blake is a proud Canadian through and through. He's from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Who could forget his and Katie's adorable hometown date?
Blake has a super outdoorsy job.
Blake, 30, studied wildlife management in college and currently works as a wildlife manager, per his ABC bio.
And, he's passionate about the environment.
He's a friend to the animals and frequently posts pictures of himself hanging out with his own dog and cat, as well as wild animals. He runs another Instagram account dedicated to spreading information about different environmental conservation efforts. He's shared about saving the whales to reducing the amount of plastic floating in the ocean.
If you're looking for lumberjack inspiration, here you go:
He's also friends with a fellow Bachelorette contestant from Katie's season.
Turns out, Blake is besties with fellow Canadian contestant Brendan Scanzano (the firefighter trainee who Katie sent home late in the season). They even played hockey together before the show:
Truly a Canadian bromance for the ages.
Blake has a big fam.
He's shared about his six (!!) siblings on the 'gram. They also have several doggos among the Moynes clan.
Blake wrote in a Thanksgiving post: "The 6 of us kids can be a lot of work... Mom, thanks for putting up with us and for thanksgiving dinner 🥂🍾 Coming back again tomorrow for leftovers, sorry."
He's also super close with his mom. "Real. Canadian. Motherly. Wisdom," he captioned a recent Instagram post:
And, Blake brings his family to meet Katie.
Fans actually got to meet a few members of the fam on Blake and Katie's hometown date. Remember this adorable moment from their hockey game?
Later, Blake introduced Katie to his mom, Emily, his sister, Taylor, and his brother, Cody. Taylor and Blake had a pretty serious heart to heart about Blake's feelings for Katie. And after teasing him about his many past Bachelorette romances (hey, that's what sisters are for!), Taylor says she approves, but she also tells Blake to get his butt in gear and tell Katie he loves her.
Blake's really into sports.
Blake and his family are major sports buffs. They watch the Super Bowl together, they go fishing together, and Blake even grew up playing hockey with his dad.
"Reminds me of those cold, dark, early morning practices as a kid," he wrote in the caption of one Instagram post. "Dad doing up my skates, @timhortons hot chocolate on the way there, @mcdonaldscanada McMuffin on the way home."
And in December, he adopted a rhino.
Okay, so there's not a rhino living in his backyard, but it's still pretty sweet. After visiting a wild rhino sanctuary last year (and meeting the baby rhinos, which, cute!), Blake decided to "adopt" a rhino of his very own from afar, Sophia.
Blake adopted the wild animal through Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary. "Sophia was one of the most physically injured and emotionally traumatized calves to ever arrive," per the website. That was after she was orphaned, wandered alone without protection, and was attacked by hyenas.
He knows exactly what he wants in a partner.
Blake has high standards. (Maybe that's why he's on his third Bachelorette?) His ideal woman is outdoorsy like him, gorgeous, and fun. She has to have a silly side and be accepting of his frequent "potty mouth," per his bio, and she should appreciate his sensitive side.
He also mentions that he's the last single friend in his friend group, so he's looking for someone he can show off to his buddies. So basically, Katie has a lot to live up to.
Blake's list of exes is pretty short.
Blake doesn't date around much, even between Bachelorette seasons. His Instagram is just him (and plenty of animals!), but there are a few hints floating around about his old flames.
First, there are his two Bachelorette exes: Clare Crawley and Tayshia Adams. On Clare's season, Blake didn't last very long (since Clare left early to be with Dale Moss), but he got to stay in Palm Springs to try again with Tayshia. With her, Blake made it all the way to week nine before being sent home without a rose.
As for offscreen romances, Blake's only mentioned one, per Parade. During Tayshia's season, the guys went on a sculpting date and Blake made, er, a penis. Then, on an episode of The Ben and Ashley I Almost Famous Podcast, Blake confessed that he was inspired to sculpt his creation by his ex: "First off," he said, "I think I was just [thinking] 'What’s important to me? What’s been missing in my life for a long period of time?' And since my ex-girlfriend, which was two years ago, it had been a long time since I had had sex and love."
On Clare's season, Blake made a great first impression.
Blake earned a rep for his rule-breaking streak on Clare's season. Prior to filming, the contestants have a very strict no-contact rule: They can't talk to the Bachelorette when the cameras aren't rolling. But Clare was really missing her mother while in Bachelorette quarantine, so good guy Blake sent her a few words of comfort.
"Over quarantine, it was really hard for me. And you were the only guy that reached out to me the entire time," Clare said on the show, per Cosmopolitan. "I want you to know that that time you broke the rule meant everything to me. The fact that you risked not coming on here and putting that on the line, at a time where I was really struggling, it meant everything to me."
Even though the two hit it off, Clare ultimately ended her season super early to be with Dale. Blake was totally shocked, he told Us Weekly: "I was distraught. I started stress balding in the shower because I didn’t know that was going on.” Oof, that's rough.
But, Blake didn't end up connecting with Tayshia either.
His final hoorah on season 16 included a cringeworthy tantric yoga date. The lack of chemistry was painfully obvious, and Tayshia let him go mid-date.
Blake and Katie met before her season even started filming.
Katie wasn't totally blindsided when Blake showed up out of the blue after all. "I definitely knew who he was, which also Tayshia’s ex-boyfriend! So that’s weird," she told Us Weekly.
"We had chatted before," she said, "but usually what happens is, like, the guys will reach out to the women once they’re eliminated and be like, 'Good luck, you did great.' Like very generic, you know? And so to see him, I was like, 'Why is he here?' Like, 'What’s happening?'"
Former Bachelor Nick Viall confirmed that the pair connected before the cameras started rolling: "It sounds like there was some dialogue between Katie and Blake," he told Us Weekly on the Here for the Right Reasons podcast. "I think Katie had met him. I don’t know for sure. She had told me about it and it was filmed. They didn’t use it, but it was filmed."
SPOILER ALERT: Do not continue reading if you don't want to know how Blake's relationship with Katie goes.
Blake is a serious contender on Katie's season...
Not only does his late entrance get him a welcome-to-the-bubble rose, but he also gets many, many more blooms. You already know Blake makes it to the final four and all the way through hometown dates, per Reality Steve's spoilers.
"A few weeks ago, I reported here that I’d heard Blake Moynes and Greg Grippo were in Katie’s final four," Steve wrote. With his less-than-stellar Bachelorette track record, Blake needed this.
And, he proposes to Katie!
Yep, that's right—Blake is the spoiler-confirmed final rose recipient of Katie Thurston's Bachelorette season. Reality Steve posted on his website that, not only does Blake win, but he and Katie left New Mexico engaged (and they're still together).
"Katie is engaged to Blake Moynes," Steve wrote. "Yes, I know, he’s not on the show yet. But he will be next week...sure, I expect there to be doubt like every season. All I can say is it’s been about a 7 week process since filming ended to get this info, and I’m very confident in what I’ve been told."
Steve said, "I just know that Katie got engaged to Blake at the end of filming and they're still together," he said in an Instagram post. Guess you'll have to watch to see how things shake out for Blake this week.
Congrats to the happy couple!
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