*SPOILER ALERT! Major spoilers for the first season of The Golden Bachelor below.*
The Golden Bachelor has been several years in the making, but the much-anticipated show is (finally) almost here. The spinoff from the regular Bachelor and Bachelorette franchises takes a slightly different approach to the OG reality dating show. In this version, the lead is a little wiser, a little more experienced and a little, well, older. Yup, gray-haired Golden Bachelor Gerry Turner is the first of his kind.
At 73 years old, he's got a lot of life under his belt, and is dad to two daughters, and grandfather to two granddaughters. Now, after his wife's death, he's looking for a second chance at love. And this week, ABC finally released information about Gerry's contestants so, naturally, Bachelor Nation fans want to know everything about them. The group of 60+ year old women includes 22 accomplished, smart, beautiful, pickleball-loving ladies who will vie for Gerry's heart.
One contestant who is generating a bunch of early buzz is Theresa Nist. Theresa is featured pretty prominently in a teaser video introducing the world to the contestants, and she genuinely seems like such a catch. "I don't want to be alone anymore. I'm looking for love again," Theresa says in the teaser.
So, who is Theresa Nist and how far does she get with the Golden Bachelor Gerry Turner? Well, Reality Steve has already helped us out in the spoilers department, and he has her listed in the top three contestants. So, get ready to see more of Theresa in the future!
Here’s what to know about this new lady so far.
How far does Theresa get on The Golden Bachelor?
Well, according to Reality Steve, Theresa makes it to Hometowns (the final three) and then on to the final two. Since the show is still filming, Steve isn't sure if Gerry ultimately picks Theresa, so only time will tell.
Where is Theresa from?
This Jersey girl doesn't pump gas! Theresa is from Shrewsbury, New Jersey, per her Golden Bachelor bio, which is about halfway through the state, near the water. Fun fact: Shrewsbery is 2.3 square miles and was settled in 1662, according to the town website.
At this time, it's not clear if Theresa has ever lived anywhere else, but I'm curious to know if she and Gerry might head back to Jersey if she does, in fact, get a hometown date.
What’s her job?
Theresa is a financial services professional. While this title is a little vague, a little sleuthing finds that she works at TFS Financial Services, Inc., as a senior compliance and operations liaison. "Theresa began her career by trading her own account successfully, which gave her a great love of and appreciation for the markets. Theresa subsequently took key positions with Datek Online, Stifel Nicolaus and MetLife Securities, where she served as the manager of a large call center," her company website bio reads.
Theresa's ABC bio also notes that she “taught herself all about the stock market," so she's definitely one smart cookie.
How old is Theresa?
Theresa is 70 years old. Her actual birthday is August 4, 1953, which means she's a Leo. For context, in 1953, Harry S. Truman was president of the US, and I Love Lucy was a smash hit TV show that everyone watched. The advent of computers was still almost three decades away, and the DNA double helix was only just being discovered.
Theresa's bio says that she likes ‘70s rock “both soft and hard,” which definitely checks out if she was in her teens during the 1970s.
Does Theresa have children?
Yup! Theresa has children and grandchildren, but ATM it's not totally clear how many kids or grandkids she has, and what their ages or names are. However, I'm certain this will come up on the show (if not during Hometowns), so you'll just have to sit tight for now.
But one thing is clear. Family is important to Theresa. “She is very close with her children and grandchildren, and loves nothing more than seeing them all thrive,” her bio reads.
Does she have an Instagram?
No need to worry about Theresa only being here to become a social media influencer—she doesn’t appear to even have an Instagram account. Unfortunately, that means WH can’t scroll through her posts for clues about her relationship with Gerry, either.
Stay tuned for more updates on top-contender Theresa as The Golden Bachelor begins airing this fall and more spoilers are released from Reality Steve.
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