5 Things to Know About Chad Johnson, The Bachelorette's Newest Villain
Chad Johnson emerged as The Bachelorette's season 12 villain in episode 2
Chad Johnson has already sparked tension with the other competitors and thrown shade at JoJo Fletcher, all while somehow still obtaining a rose at the end of the night.
“I had no idea there was this much tension between Chad and the other guys,” Fletcher wrote in her exclusive PEOPLE blog after viewing the episode. “I knew there was some tension, of course, but I didn’t know there were threats of violence. I don’t feel great now seeing this. It’s all just so complicated. Chad is a complex guy with complex emotions.”
In addition to those complex emotions, here’s everything you need to know about Johnson, 28, as he continues his journey to win Fletcher’s heart – and ostracize his housemates along the way.
1. He’s a Bachelorette fan because of his mom.
Johnson opened up about losing his mother to liver cancer last summer on Monday, and now he’s revealed how she played into his decision to join The Bachelorette.
“The one question people keep asking, is why did I go on #TheBachelorette? Well other than the fact that I work all the time, for 7 years I watched my mother slowly die from cancer,” he wrote in an emotional Instagram post. “Over the last 3 she got much worse and I decided to spend all of my time that I wasn’t working at her house taking care of her and generally spending time with her.”
The Tulsa, Oklahoma, resident said that he helped his mother live out her last years “in comfort and surrounded by family.”
“I still miss her everyday,” Johnson said. “She was my best friend and the person I told everything to.”
2. He’s a former Marine.
Johnson has switched careers, but for several years he served the country as a U.S. Marine after graduating from the University of Oklahoma.
He paid tribute to his past on Memorial Day, posting a photo with his sister from his Marine Corps boot camp graduation.
3. He works in luxury real estate.
Not only is Johnson a luxury real estate agent, but, according to his Realtor.com profile, he also comes from a family of investors in the industry.
He’s also dabbled in flipping homes – do we smell an HGTV fan?
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4. His heart belongs to someone else – his dog Pumpkin.
Fletcher might have some competition in the love department – Johnson can’t seem to get enough of his adorable pooch Pumpkin who’s a Maltese Yorkie.
The fluffy puppy is a regular on Johnson’s social media, despite her lack of modeling expertise: “It’s impossible to get a good picture with Pumpkin because she’s either licking my face or extremely distracted,” Johnson wrote on Instagram.
5. He doesn’t mind being the bad guy.
Johnson knows what you’re saying about him, and he doesn’t mind.
“So maybe I’m a bit cocky, but you know what.. I think it’s hilarious, and so did my mother,” Johnson wrote on Instagram. “As men we call each other names and make fun of each other because that’s what we do, and you either rise above it and have fun with it, or get offended because you can’t handle it at which point you should just turn in your man card.”
The Bachelorette airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.