Wednesday 16 January 2019

Reason Kaitlyn Bristowe and Jason Tartick Have a Legit Shot at Being the Next Bachelor Power Couple

With all due respect to current lead Colton Underwood and the endless parade of virginity fodder he's provided ABC, Jason Tartick would have been quite the inspired pick for Bachelor. 

On paper, the 30-year-old native of Buffalo, N.Y. has the type of attributes that constantly make women's wish lists. He has the type of work ethic that led him to notch seven promotions in eight-and-a-half-years ("At 21 I was like, let's build an empire. Let's do this. I'm going to climb the ladder," he shared during an October appearance on Kaitlyn Bristowe's Off the Vine podcast), a solid job as a vice president at Key Corporate & Commercial Bank, athletic skills (he won his hockey state championship in high school and played Division III soccer in college) and enough of a sense of humor to joke about his love of Disney movies in his official Bachelorette bio. 

Potentially most intriguing, he shared on Off the Vine that he doesn't have a type. "I have dated everything and anything A to Z and I think that, to me, it's who you are as a person." So while Underwood's cast feels a bit heavy on the 23-year-old blonde quota, Tartick could have courted a wide range of suitors. 

(Provided, of course, they were attractive and engaging enough to inspire Twitter debates and market hair gummies, this being The Bachelor and all.)

"I like someone that's sassy, independent, strong-willed, funny, can hold their own and just be really strong," he shared with Bristowe and fellow Bachelor Nation guest Olivia Caridi. "They're not dependent on anybody. And then just someone that's, like, self-motivated. I don't care what it is. I don't care if it's a direction, a passion, a job, a mission, whatever. But someone who wakes up every day and says, 'I'm going to crush this day because of this.'" 

Perhaps someone with her own podcast? 

Because while Tartick wasn't specifically describing Bristowe in that moment, he was at least cognizant, possibly as he was adding that he needed "someone that can challenge me and say, like, 'Shut the f--k up,'" that the gregarious, self-assured former Bachelorette certainly fit the bill. 

It was during the taping, the duo's first face-to-face meeting, that Tartick realized he had a bit of a crush on the 33-year-old Canadian—one that only grew when she revealed days later that she and her final rose recipient Shawn Booth had decided to end their three-year engagement.


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