Raven Gates hasn’t given up on finding love!
Shortly after she was rejected on the finale of The Bachelor, the 25-year-old appeared on After the Final Rose and confirmed she’s headed to Bachelor in Paradise.
When the small business owner revealed that she wasn’t ready to give up on love, Chris Harrison teased that he “has this thing going on in Mexico” before asking if he’ll “see her in Paradise.” Of course — she immediately said yes!
People already took to Twitter to express their excitement for Raven’s Paradise journey — with many suggesting she meet Luke Pell, one of JoJo Fletcher’s sendoffs. Interestingly enough, Raven was originally cast with Luke in mind as the lead on The Bachelor.
“She was chosen to be Luke’s Southern belle,” a source previously told In Touch, before adding that because she’s a “cute girl,” they kept her around for Nick Viall.
When asked about Raven, Luke told Life & Style that he thought she was a “cute girl,” but he needed to meet her before he could say anything about their future for sure.
“She seems like a nice girl. I think that’s really a TV fantasy. They want to see two very similar characters be together. That’s not necessarily in real life. Sometimes, opposites attract, or sometimes people's personalities are completely different and they're a good match. It's hard to say."
He continued, “I don't understand why people think that because she's from a farm and I grew up on the farm that it's like magic. I have to meet somebody that I know the chemistry is there. Attractiveness, now, is less and less physical because that's easy. I want a real emotional connection."
Luke has yet to confirm whether or not he’ll be joining Raven in Paradise.