Now that we're a few weeks into Season 22 of The Bachelor, it's clear that Arie Luyendyk Jr. has crazy chemistry with nanny Bekah Martinez. The adorable pixie-haired brunette left quite an impression when she arrived on Night 1 in a vintage Mustang, and the duo has certainly engaged in their fair share of PDA since then. The only problem? ABC seems to be holding out on showing her age... because clearly they're reaching for a dramatic storyline. But after doing some digging, we feel it's time to put this mystery to rest. So, how old is Bekah? A little too young for Arie, if you ask us. Scroll down for more info on the scene-stealer — and check out our spoilers if you just can't wait to see who Arie picks in the end!
Bekah hinted at her age during her "sexy" non-limo entrance.
Yes, the California native looks super young, but sometimes looks can be deceiving — not in this case, though! She's only 22 — a fact she apparently hasn't told Arie yet. After stepping out of her cherry red mustang while meeting the race car driver for the first time, Bekah said, "I may be young, but I can still appreciate something classic." Our 36-year-old suitor was clearly a little too mesmerized to see any red flags. "She is so beautiful" was all Arie could muster as she walked away.
In a trailer released before the season even began airing, the other women speculate over whether or not Bekah's age will be a deal-breaker. "I think she is reluctant to tell Arie how old she is," single mom Chelsea Roy tells the camera. The next shot shows Bekah sobbing and saying, "I'm, like, sick of people saying that."
Knowing how old Bekah is, fans are creeped out by her and Arie's intense make-out sessions.
The duo shared their first kiss during the demolition derby group date in Episode 2, and there was A LOT of tongue. They also got busy on the front steps of the mansion. But people on Twitter were not into it. "Anyone else disturbed watching Arie kiss Bekah? Like it looks like she’s making out with her dad," one viewer wrote, while another added, "Watching Arie make out with his daughter... I mean Bekah."
Apparently, neither one thought the other liked them on Night 1. "When you, obviously, rolled up and you were just like cool and amazing, I was like, 'I don't know if she likes me,'" Arie admitted to the art enthusiast, who responded with disbelief. But their hardcore kissing changed his mind (naturally). "I was literally thinking, 'He seems cool but like I'm not sure if I'm like a girl he could be into,'" Bekah then confessed.
She's not too young for a ~serious~ relationship.
Bekah revealed to Arie that her last relationship lasted for almost three years before she auditioned for the show — so she has some experience when it comes to love. "It was just one of those things where we were just going in different directions," she told Arie. "And actually he was the one who broke up with me. At first, I thought I was devastated and heartbroken and then I realized, 'Oh, I thought I loved you so much,' and I thought I was in love and I feel like a burden was lifted off my shoulders now that we're not together anymore." Obviously, Arie could relate after his unexpected breakup with former Bachelorette Emily Maynard. "That can happen in a relationship," Arie added. "As soon as it's over, it can be a relief and sometimes you can have a breakup and you can be heartbroken for a long time."
She has dreams of owning an art studio.
In her Bachelor bio, the LA resident opened up about where she'd like to see herself in five years (aka at 27). "Teaching art or owning an art studio for children, hopefully married and planning to have babies," Bekah shared. She also admitted that she's most afraid of "being trapped in an unfulfilling life" and losing her support system.
She's a daddy's girl.
Let's get past all of those gross Arie comparisons, shall we? When asked who she admires most in the world, Bekah answered, "My dad. He's incredibly wise and confident, he loves his family and wife more than anything, and he knows what he wants and goes for it."
She used to have blonde hair.
If you scroll back far enough on her Instagram, you'll see that Bekah likes to experiment with her hair color. And for a good chuck of 2016, she was blonde! "Here's a pic of boney lil me with some new blonde-ass hairs this past weekend," she captioned a photo of her 'do. She also tried pink for a brief period of time.
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