Hello, I'm here to introduce you to the internet's newest crush, Bachelorette contender Greg Grippo! During the premiere of the 17th season of the show on Monday night, Grippo made the new Bachelorette Katie Thurston and viewers *swoon* when he gifted her a pasta noodle necklaces that one of his nieces made. Romantic! Wholesome! The adorable move earned the sweet contestant Thurston's coveted first impression rose. I'd normally be like, well played, Greg, but coming from him, the gesture actually seemed sweet and sincere and jusssst the right amount of saccharine instead of scheme-y or too try-hard-y.
The first impression rose isn't always an indicator of who wins, but it does mean our leading lady sees a lot of love potential...and potentially final four material?! Here's what we know so far about Grippo.
He's from New Jersey.
According to his ABC bio, Greg is from Edison, New Jersey. He went to Edison High School then transferred to Rutgers Prep.
He played basketball for St. Michael's College in Vermont.
After some light online stalking, we discovered that Grippo was a college athlete, and often posted about his teammates on Instagram. Academically, he majored in business and minored in gender studies...so we majorly stan???
He's a family guy.
When we meet Grippo, he shares how he loves hanging with his many nieces and nephews and is super close to his family. His parents are Frank and Sandra Grippo; he has a brother named Joe and a sister, Samantha. And according to his ABC bio, his parents set his definition for "#romancegoals." He wants to build a life with someone—and 6 wants kids!
He likes farm animals.
We actually do not know this as a fact, but just look at this Instagram picture:
Seems like a solid bet to me.
He works in marketing.
Grippo currently is an account manager at Mondo, a national marketing staffing agency. Prior to his current gig, he worked in marketing at Melaleuca, a health and wellness company.
He's a "hopeless romantic"
His ABC bio divulges how he cries during movies and hates slow drivers, but more importantly that he's looking for genuine love with someone he can travel the world with.
He was cut from Clare Crawley's season.
In July, Reality Steve shared that that Greg was one of 15 guys who didn't make it on Clare Crawley's season, for reasons unknown. Which, probably honestly is a good thing because him and Thurston CLEARLY have chemistry. Fate, amiright?
The internet LOVES him.
Grippo's wholesome hotness not only won over Thurston, but Twitter (which is a HARD task). Bachelor Nation was thrilled when Thurston gave Grippo her first impression rose. Some delighted reactions below:
Only time will tell if Grippo is The One for Thurston, but for now, we'll all continue to pine from our couches.