All the Virgins Who've Looked for Love on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette
Ex-NFL player Underwood, 26, appeared on Becca Kufrin's season of The Bachelorette and season 5 of Bachelor in Paradise — and now, he's becoming The Bachelor.
“I was so happy that I was able to talk about something I never wanted to share with anybody,” Underwood told PEOPLE of being a virgin. “The show allowed me to be true to who I am, and it allowed me to grow as a person. I couldn’t be more appreciative of that.”
Bachelor, Bachelor Winter Games and two-time Bachelor in Paradise alum Iaconetti, 30, is happily engaged to Jared Haibon. But before becoming part of a fan-favorite couple, she went public with her virginity on Chris Soules' season of The Bachelor. In an interview with Access, she said she was frustrated by how people fixated on the fact that she hadn't had sex.
“I said it to Chris Soules on that season and I have to be honest, I didn’t think that he thought it was very attractive,” she said. “I think he stopped looking at me as a sexual object at that point — I felt a change in our relationship. ... What I am really tired of is the show making it seem like such a big deal, such a big reveal."
Tilley, 29, dated Chris Soules and Ben Higgins on back-to-back seasons of The Bachelor. She admitted to being a virgin when faced with a Fantasy Suite date with Soules.
‘It's a big part of who I am," she told him on the show. "After having such an amazing time with you, I have been a little bit nervous to bring it up, because it is a big deal."
Whitney, 27, appeared on Nick Viall's season of The Bachelor and two seasons of BiP, where she earned the unfortunate nickname "Scallop Fingers."
But she's been confident in her decision to wait for marriage due because of her religious beliefs.
"Is Paradise even Paradise without a virgin?" she once joked in a BiP trailer.
Murray was the runner-up on Prince Lorenzo Borghese's season of The Bachelor — and the first contestant to go public with her virginity.
"It was annoying, because there's just so much more to me than that, and I don't think that that was shown," she told Reality Steve of the focus on that one aspect of her life. "But then again, that's the nature of the game, and I get it."
Adamson appeared on Jake Pavelka's season of The Bachelor — and she was upset about the way he learned of her choice not to have sex.
"The question came out of nowhere and caught me off guard," she told PEOPLE. "He’d asked if I’d ever had a one-night stand. I said no and he said, 'Are you saving yourself for marriage?' It’s very personal and isn’t something I go announcing on first dates. I’m proud of it, but I didn’t feel it was the right time to have that conversation."
Okay, Lowe wasn't technically a virgin when he starred on Emily Maynard's season of The Bachelorette and his own season of The Bachelor. But the 34-year-old devout Christian had been celibate since the age of 24 until he married his final rose recipient Catherine Giudici. (They now share two sons: Samuel, 2, and Isaiah, 3 months.)
"The mainstream media see it as this really weird thing," he told Fox News. "They look at me and go, 'Well he looks normal, he looks like he's got everything together. He's a good looking guy. He's got 25 women vying for him, why in the world would he be making that decision?' So I totally get it but now hopefully people will understand why I took that stance. I took it because I felt I was morally obligated to because that's what my faith was telling me to do. It gets kind of annoying because people don't want to see your perspective they just want to label you as the virgin bachelor."