Michael Allio sent himself home during this week’s episode of “The Bachelorette,” but many fans are hoping they’ll be seeing the Akron dad again soon as the next Bachelor.
Allio, who has become a fan favorite, hasn’t completely shut down the possibility, according to People and Us Weekly.
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“I literally just got my heart broken on TV, so I am trying to mend those wings,” Allio, 37, told People. “And I have to think about what it would be like to get engaged and introduce someone to my son in such a quick time frame. I’m not sold on the idea!”
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Allio would not be the first single parent to hand out roses.
In 2012, single mother Emily Maynard led the eighth season of “The Bachelorette,” which was filmed in her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, so that she could stay close to her daughter, Ricki. Ricki’s father died before she was born.
In 2014, single father Juan Pablo Galavis was the star of the 17th season of “The Bachelor.” His daughter Camila, whom he shared with an ex-girlfriend, was 5 years old during filming.
Galavis’ season also featured two single moms, and other seasons, plus “Bachelor in Paradise” have included single parents.
Allio exits a week away from Hometowns
Allio had been in Bachelorette Katie Thurston’s top four and was a week away from Hometowns when he started to rethink his place on the show.
In a devastating phone call, Allio was talking to his 4-year-old son, James, whom he had with his late wife, Laura, when James questioned whether Allio wanted to see him anymore.
Allio ultimately chose to go home, leaving Thurston thinking, “It’s very possible that my person just left.”
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