Ben Smith is showing The Bachelorette star Tayshia Adams all of his layers and vulnerability, and he'll be introducing Tayshia to his family in the next set of Season 16 episodes on ABC.

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Ben is a 29-year-old Army Ranger veteran from Venice, CA.

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Ben told Tayshia during a one-on-one date it had been awhile since he felt such strong feelings for a woman, but Tayshia needed the bachelor to break down his walls and stop trying to paint a perfect image of himself.

Ben said he was afraid of revealing too much of himself, especially if his past was going to burden Tayshia.

However, he had a breakthrough like never before in the latest episode about his troubled past, and Tayshia and Ben kissed the night away during a private concert that resulted in a "magical" evening.

"The way that made me feel tonight is the way I want to feel with my future husband. I feel so connected with him right now. I could really see him being by my side for the rest of my life," Tayshia told the cameras.

"I truly love Ben," she added.

Until viewers can watch more of Ben and Tayshia's love story unfold on The Bachelorette, let's learn a little bit about the bachelor right now.

Below is a list of nine facts Reality TV World has compiled about Ben Smith.


What is Ben looking for in a relationship?

Ben says he wants a wife who can openly communicate and stay emotionally available.

Ben is looking for a woman who can keep up with him on the dance floor or at least be willing to cheer him on when he jumps in the middle of a dance battle to show off his moves.

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Ben made a major career shift after his military service

The Army Ranger veteran graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point followed by The United States Army Ranger School.

Ben joined the military at age 18, but after suffering a serious back injury during his service, Ben decided not to return to active duty and later became a personal trainer due to his passion for health and nutrition.


At heart, Ben is a Midwestern boy

Although Ben currently resides in California, he is originally from Noblesville, IN.

Ben has one younger sister Madalyn and appears to be very close with her. Madalyn has called Ben an "incredible role model" and "the best big brother" ever on her Instagram account.


Ben considers himself to be pretty romantic

Ben loves to show affection to a woman he cares about by writing love letters, and he once flew across the country to see a girl he had never met in person before.


The Bachelorette host says Ben is "a wonderful guy"

The Bachelorette host Chris Harrison gushed about Ben when announcing the cast for Clare Crawley's season before Season 16 premiered.

"This guy is the gentle giant of the season -- incredibly nice, big talker and long talker. When you get Ben going, it's hard to get him to stop," Chris shared.

"But he has an incredible story and has [given] unbelievable service to our country. Thank you, Ben. It was really a pleasure and an honor to get to know this gentleman."

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Chris added, "[He's] well-liked and kind of a natural leader in the house. Guys really look up to him."

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Ben runs a subscription fitness program

Ben is a coach on a subscription service called Bodybuilding Club, which members can join for $49 per month. The program includes strength, hypertrophy and conditioning work.

Bodybuilding Club also includes an app that allows members to participate from anywhere on their own terms.

Ben's description on the website says he "loves smiling and talking to everyone" and would like to get clients into "shorter shorts."

"Might just date a girl on TV," he added.


Ben says he's a one-woman kind of guy

Ben explained he's always been "a relationship guy" and ended a relationship two years prior to appearing on The Bachelorette that he thought was going to last forever.

Ben admitted the breakup "destroyed" him and so he stopped dating for a while. He hadn't felt strongly about a woman for a while prior to meeting Tayshia on the show.


Why did Ben choose a career in diet, fitness and nutrition?

Ben revealed he had an eating disorder for 15 years because he used to be "the fat kid" and girls didn't like him when he was bigger.

Ben revealed he stopped eating and started working out all the time, losing over 70 pounds in a short period of time.

Ben apparently had bulimia in his twenties and only his sister knew about his struggle with his self-image. Ben said he now he feels comfortable with himself and his body.

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Ben thanks his sister for saving his life in more ways than one

In addition to helping Ben through his battle with bulimia, Ben's sister also got him through a "very dark" time in his life, according to the bachelor.

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Ben explained 2018 was a rough year for him because that's when he broke his back and was forced to leave the Army. Ben said he was living in a city that was too expensive for him and he felt totally lost.

"I didn't know how to say that I needed things...The only person I confided in was my sister," Ben shared.

Ben revealed he had two failed suicide attempts in 2018 and 2019.

"I didn't want to be here anymore... and I didn't want to burden anybody with my problems. I thought the easiest way was just to not be around. Luckily, it didn't work," Ben said.

While Ben's sister wasn't even aware of these failed suicide attempts at the time, her support and love apparently got him to see the light and want to continue living.

Ben then went through very intentional and aggressive therapy and ultimately became a new man who is "okay" now.

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