Juan Pablo Galavis Biography
Juan Pablo Galavis is an American-born Venezuelan former professional soccer midfielder/forward who retired from soccer in 2008. In 2013, Galavis was chosen as the first Latino star of the ABC-TV reality show The Bachelor after 17 editions.
Juan Pablo Galavis Age
He was born on August 5, 1981 in Ithaca, New York, United States. He is 37 years old as of 2018.
Juan Pablo Galavis Family
He was born to Venezuelan parents, and moved with his family to Barquisimeto, Venezuela, when he was 2 years old. He is the second of three siblings.
Juan Pablo Galavis Wife | Osmariel Villalobos Y Juan Pablo Galavis
He is married to Osmariel Villalobos a Venezuelan TV show host, model and Venezuelan beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Earth Venezuela in 2011. The two began dating in 2016 and on August 7, 2017, it was announced that the two had married.
Juan Pablo Galavis Career
He went back to the United States to play college soccer for Roberts Wesleyan College, where his admissions counselor was Linda Kurtz Hoffman and where as of 2006 he was tied with two others for that team’s third-highest number of assists (25).
After playing in the Primera División Venezolana with Dep. Italchacao, Monagas SC, Aragua FC and Guaros FC for several seasons, Galavis joined Miami FC in February 2008.
He left soccer after his 2008 season with Miami and started his career in the music business with promotional work in the Miami bar and club scene. Around this time he also started working with Venezuelan musician/songwriters Frank Santofimio and Mario Donoso. They began promoting Venezuelan duet Chino y Nacho.
Galavis started filming television commercials and had a short stint working as a television presenter for a Miami-based sports show, Mega TV’s Mega News.
He appeared as a contestant on the ABC reality-television dating competition The Bachelorette in May 2013, but was eliminated midway in the season. On August 5, 2013, ABC announced Galavis would star in season 18 of The Bachelor, scheduled to premiere in January 2014.
Juan Pablo Galavis Bachelor | Juan Pablo Galavis Bachelorette
As a Latino, Galavis was the first person from an ethnic minority to be chosen as bachelor after 17 previous editions. During this time, Galavis said he opposed the idea of the show featuring an openly gay bachelor, saying, “I don’t think it is a good example for kids to watch that on TV” and that gay people are “more pervert in a sense.”
ABC, Warner Horizon Television and the show’s producers responded with a joint statement saying, “Juan Pablo’s comments were careless, thoughtless and insensitive, and in no way reflect the views of the network, the show’s producers or studio.”
Galavis apologized, saying the comments were taken out of context and citing his lack of full fluency in English, stating, “The word pervert was not what I meant to say…. What I meant to say was that gay people are more affectionate and intense and for a segment of the TV audience this would be too racy to accept.”
Galavis was one of the most divisive Bachelors of all time. He started his journey on The Bachelorette with Desiree Hartsock, and, despite getting very little screen time on his initial TV journey. Galavis was later named the Bachelor — to the initial delight of many. But then things took a turn during his time as the lead on The Bachelor. His general attitude on and off the show upset many people, and fans put him out of their minds quickly after his season ended.
Juan Pablo Galavis Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $1.3 million dollars.
Juan Pablo Galavis Camila Galavis | Juan Pablo Galavis Daughter
Galavis and his former girlfriend, Venezuelan actress Carla Rodríguez, have a daughter called Camila born on February 14, 2009.
Juan Pablo Galavis And Nikki Ferrell
Galavis chose Nikki Ferrell on season 18 of The Bachelor but the two ended their relationship in October 2014.
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