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Who is Nate Mitchell on ‘The Bachelorette’?

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On Season 19 of “The Bachelorette,” which premiered on July 11, a few frontrunners from among the 32 contestants have emerged early on for both of the two Bachelorettes.

While Rachel Recchia seems to be gravitating toward Tino Franco, second bachelorette Gabriela “Gabby” Windey is developing a strong connection with Nate Mitchell, a 33-year-old electrical engineer from Chicago.

Mitchell didn’t get a lot of screen time in the premiere, but in Episode Two viewers learned more about him after Windey chose him for her first one-on-one date.He received a rose at the end of the night and viewers immediately took to Twitter to praise his maturity and his respect for the Bachelorettes. He has the potential to go far this season, so here’s everything you need to know about this early fan-favorite. 

Nate Mitchell meeting Gabriela “Gabby” Windey and Rachel Recchia during night one of Season 19 of “The Bachelorette.” ABC

Here’s what he’s looking for in a partner

Mitchell’s official cast bio from ABC described him as having “a weakness for a woman who can make him laugh so hard his belly hurts.”

Given that Windey is known for her humor and silliness, it’s no surprise that the two are connecting.

On their romantic first date, which included a helicopter ride and a private dinner at Los Angeles’ Union Station, Mitchell and Windey spent most of their time giggling and speaking in goofy voices. 

He’s a rom-com fan

Mitchell’s list of fun facts on his ABC bio page revealed that the electrical engineer’s favorite movie is “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” Maybe he and Windey will have a happy ending like Ben (Matthew McConaughey) and Andie (Kate Hudson). 

His other two facts said that he enjoys a gas station Icee (who doesn’t?) and that he is not a fan of mosh pits. 

Fans applauded how he stood up to a ‘villain’

Episode Two introduced Bachelor Nation to the first, short-lived villain of the season: Chris Austin. While speaking with a few suitors at the Bachelor Mansion, Austin said he would not be comfortable if Windey and Recchia were intimate with multiple men during fantasy suites week.

This scenario caused drama during Clayton Echard’s previous season of “The Bachelor,” when frontrunner Susie Evans leveled the same ultimatum. Upon finding out Echard had been intimate with Windey and Recchia, Evans left the show, leaving Echard to chase after her.

Austin’s comments bothered some of the men, including Mitchell who spoke up about why Austin’s opinion was problematic. 

“Anytime that you have a premeditated thought of, ‘You won’t do this, unless that,’ that is a form of control,” Mitchell said. “And that is manipulative. This could be our queen. This could be the mother of our children. This could be someone we spend the rest of our lives with.” 

He continued, “You cannot have preconditions to love. It’s just a form of control that a lot of men just don’t realize that they do that damages good women.” 

On social media, fans weighed in on the moment, quoting his speech.

He’s a self-described ‘girl dad’

On his one-on-one date, Mitchell told Windey he has a 6-year-old daughter. 

“She is my world. Like, a pocket of my heart just burst open for the first time when she said, ‘Dad,’ (and) the first time she told me she loved me,” he said.

The self-described “girl dad” also adorably referred to his daughter as “the human form of coffee.” 

After the episode aired, he stopped by the “Bachelor Happy Hour” podcast and told former “Bachelorette” leads Becca Kufrin and Michelle Young that Windey’s openness made him feel comfortable speaking about his relationship with his daughter. 

He is friends with some Bachelor Nation alums 

A few days after the official Season 19 cast was released, Dustin Kendrick from Hannah Brown’s season of “The Bachelorette” revealed on Instagram that he is close friends with Mitchell.

“Meet my childhood friend … y’all can meet him on the bachelorette July 11th!” he captioned a video that featured close-ups of Mitchell’s unique style. 

Mitchell sported a safety pin earring in the earring, which he also wore on his date with Windey. 

Kendrick is close with fellow Season 15 contestant and former Bachelor Peter Weber. They co-host the podcast “Bachelors in the City.”

If it doesn’t work out with Windey, Mitchell is likely to remain connected to Bachelor Nation. Former Bachelorette Katie Thurston already nominated him to be the next lead in a Tweet.

Follow him on Instagram for travel pics

Mitchell posts under the handle @nate_mitchell12.

Follow for pictures of him around his hometown, Chicago, or various other locales — including New York with a bulldog.



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‘Purple Hearts’ star Sofia Carson and director defend Netflix film after backlash

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The numbers don’t lie. Currently in its second week, Netflix’s “Purple Hearts” has been watched for more than 100 million hours. The drama, starring Sofia Carson and Nicholas Galitzine, follows a liberal musician who agrees to marry a Marine in order to get health insurance.

While the movie has become a huge hit on the streaming giant, it has also faced criticism about misogynistic and racist themes; during one scene, a Marine makes a toast and says, “This one is to life, love and hunting down some goddamn Arabs, baby!” While Carson’s Cassie calls him out before storming off, Galitzine’s Luke brushes it off and it’s soon forgotten, as are his more conservative views she was once unhappy about.

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Although director Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum has focused on the positive reactions to the film, she has seen the criticism.

“I hope that people understand that in order for characters to grow, they need to be flawed in the beginning. So we very much intentionally created two characters that had been bred to hate each other,” she tells Variety. “They are flawed at the beginning and that was intentional. In order for the red heart and the blue heart to kind of turn purple, you have to have them be kind of extreme. Some of the people that they’re surrounded with are even more flawed than they are.”

Nicholas Galitzine as Luke and Sofia Carson as Cassie in “Purple Hearts.”Mark Fellman/Netflix / Mark Fellman/Netflix

“They both have been neglected by the system; he’s hurt in a war that doesn’t seem to be ending and she’s slipping through the cracks of the healthcare system,” she continued. “So they’re both neglected by the system, and then they live under one roof, and in these extreme circumstances, they learn to become more moderate and to listen to each other and to love.”

She adds that the country is “very flawed” at the moment, which they wanted to present in the film.

“That was the biggest, most important part of the theme,” says Rosenbaum. “I do hope that anyone who’s in any way insulted by it understands that our intentions are very pure, and it’s because we feel like people need to grow and need to start to become more moderate.”

“Why I fell in love with the movie is that it’s a love story but it’s so much more than that,” Carson, who is an executive producer on the movie, adds. “It’s two hearts, one red, one blue, two worlds apart, who are really raised to hate each other. Through the power of love, they learn to lead with empathy and compassion and love each other and turn into this beautiful shade of purple. We wanted to represent both sides as accurately as possible. What I think I’ve learned to do as an artist is separate myself from all of that and just listen to what the world is feeling and reacting to with the film. That has been so beautifully overwhelming and so many people have felt seen or are comforted by this movie. That’s all we could want filmmakers and as artists.”

Sofia Carson as Cassie and Nicholas Galitzine as Luke in "Purple Hearts."
Sofia Carson as Cassie and Nicholas Galitzine as Luke in “Purple Hearts.”Mark Fellman/Netflix / Mark Fellman/Netflix

On the other hand, the film has been praised for positively portraying what it’s like to live with Type 1 Diabetes, something Rosenbaum and Carson worked on with Laura Pavlakovich, the founder of the nonprofit You’re Just My Type, and Dr. Michael Metzger, who was a medical consultant on set.

Additionally, with such a small budget, they couldn’t afford the insulin pump so they brought in a Medtronic consultant, who ended up being the one in the scene administering the pump for the first time.

“We all felt so emotional when she finally got the pump because it makes it makes your life different,” Rosenbaum says. “We both felt like it was a massive part of the story and and a cool responsibility to be able to shed some light on it. But every time we talk ahead of time to anyone who has Type 1 Diabetes, they were just so grateful because usually it’s like, been a weakness for a character in movies, and oftentimes, they’ll die from it. If you look at ‘Steel Magnolias,’ and those are beautiful stories too, but it was great to have to watch someone strong and try to overcome that.”

Carson noted that Rosenbaum “set the tone” on the movie to make sure it was led with honesty. “The more that we learned about diabetes, the more that we wanted to really represent what it means to be a Type 1 Diabetic in 2022 in the United States, as accurately and as vulnerably as possible,” she says. “Working with Laura, meeting with doctors and doing my research about what they face every single day to literally survive — to sacrifice everything they have to get the insulin they need to wake up the next day — is devastatingly unfair.”

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Halle Berry’s Boyfriend Van Hunt Celebrates Her Birthday With Sweet Message: ‘Love You With Everything I Got’

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Halle Berry is feeling the love from her man, Van Hunt, on her birthday! On Sunday, the musician took to Instagram to celebrate the actress on her 56th birthday.  

“hi, baby. it’s ur bday, and against ur wishes i am screaming it to the mountaintops and celebrating with the world the wonderful, loving, funny, and life-giving force you are,” the “Seconds of Pleasure” singer wrote. 

 “(H)appy (B)irthday, boo. i love you with everything i got. @halleberry.” Next to the sweet message was a series of pictures of the birthday girl, playing with filters and posing for the camera. Berry didn’t comment on the post. However, the John Wick actress did like her man’s post.  

Hunt, 52, and Berry aren’t shy when it comes to celebrating their love. The pair, who marked their 2-year-anniversary in April, often celebrate each other on social media.  

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In June, Berry celebrated her man on Father’s Day. “Here’s to flyest dad I know! Happy Father’s Day VanO and to all the other hard working, loving, fly dads out there ❤️,” she wrote next to a picture of her and the “Dust” singer walking hand in hand with drinks.  

A month prior, Berry gave the musician a shout out following an article that celebrated his music. “that moment when you stumble upon an article that reminds you that you’re in love with a musical genius! 🌪 @vanhunt The Fun Rises, the Fun Sets,” she captioned the intimate picture.  

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In March, Berry celebrated her man’s birthday in a special outfit. “HERE’S TO MY ONE AND ONLY! Happy Birthday VanO,” her message read next to a picture of her rocking nothing but a T-shirt with Hunt’s name on it.  

“It’s no wonder your birthday and International Women’s Day are one and the same. There is no one I know who believes in, supports and uplifts women more than you. May this year bring back to you all the love and joy you give! I Love you ❤️ @vanhunt.” 

In 2021, the Bruised actress spoke to ET about how happy she is to have the fans support her, now that “the right one finally showed up.  

“That makes me feel good too,” she said. “I feel like a lot of the public has gone on this journey with me, whether I like it or not, and my stuff has been out in the world,” she said. “So it’s nice now to be in this place and I think maybe people are celebrating that for me.” 

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Maddie Ziegler Got Real About “Dance Moms” And Said The Show Set Her Up For “Failure”

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Maddie Ziegler’s made a solid career for herself over the years, but you first met her on Dance Moms, which she appeared on for six seasons starting in 2011.

Obviously, reality TV isn’t always as “real” as it’s made out to be, so it’s possible you watched Maddie on the show and have some potentially incorrect assumptions about who she is and how she behaves.

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In a recent interview with Cosmopolitan, Maddie opened up about her experience on Dance Moms, as well as how her behavior was seemingly dictated by the show’s producers.

Maddie explained that, although she might have appeared to act entitled on the show, ultimately, the producers encouraged her to behave in a certain way.

“People thought I was a brat because in all my interviews I would say, ‘I’m the best. I know I’m going to win,'” she told the publication.

“But that’s because the producer was telling me to say that,” she admitted.

Maddie continued to explain that how she acted on the show was not how she was in real life — and that she felt like the show engineered a situation where she would be misrepresented on TV.

“I don’t think I’m better than everyone else,” she said. “I was just doing whatever they told me to do because I thought that’s what you did.”

“They set you up for failure.”

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