Jason Mesnick, 4th season runner-up of ABC’s reality dating show The Bachelorette, has been given a second chance at love as the new Bachelor. The 13th season of The Bachelor will begin airing on January 5, and in anticipation for the premiere, Mesnick shares a bit about his very public journey to find new love. It seems that Mesnick is unfazed by his close call on The Bachelorette, when DeAnna Pappas dropped him for Jesse Csincsak on the show’s finale.
His choosing to become the next Bachelor was a bit tricky, nonetheless, especially since he was a single dad. “It wasn’t an easy decision because my question was, ‘How would this impact Tyler?’ That was my first question. I talked to a therapist and a pediatrician and they said, ‘He’s going to be fine’. I just said, ‘I’m not gonna go more than a week or so without seeing him.’ I can’t do that. The show was great and they gave me what I need. He was around when he needed to be and he was with his mom when he needed to.”
As for the fact that some of Season 13’s contestants are single moms, he finds it a non-issue. “Honestly, it doesn’t make a difference either way. I would hope people would view me as a person, not just as a single dad. It didn’t surprise me that there would be single mothers but it didn’t make me think one way or the other.”
In fact, his son Ty even dishes the right advice in his own little way. “He’s 3 so he lives a life day to day and has a great time no matter what he’s doing. I don’t know about any advice by word, but his advice by living is, ‘Let’s just live today’.”
And as for finding love through reality television, Mesnick sees no problem in the unusual format. “I just knew it was real. A real love experience for me. It’s something you have to experience to really, truly know. If that didn’t happen to me the first time, there’s no way I would do it [a second time].”