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Former 'The Bachelor' star Aaron Buerge files for personal bankruptcy

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/18/2011 

Former The Bachelor star Aaron Buerge filed for bankruptcy last Friday.

Buerge and his wife Angye McIntosh listed liabilities of $9.3 million and assets of $2.3 million in their bankruptcy filing, People reported.

The second-season The Bachelor star -- who is a banker and partner in Trolley's Downtown Bar & Grille, a restaurant in his Springfield, MO hometown -- told People the bankruptcy filing was prompted by a loan-holder's desire to have him repay a restaurant loan "more quickly than he had planned."

While he's filed for bankruptcy, Buerge told People his restaurant is still operating normally and he isn't out of money.

"I'm not broke. I'm not in financial distress -- nothing like that. Otherwise, I wouldn't be paying everybody," he said. "We've been making payments every month, but they've just been pushing to come after some private assets that I might have."

Buerge and McIntosh -- who met through an ex-girlfriend and dated for a couple of years before tying the knot -- married in August of 2009 and welcomed their daughter Aven in October of that same year.  

Buerge served as the object of affection during The Bachelor's Fall 2002 second season and proposed to elementary school psychologist Helene Eksterowicz during the final Rose Ceremony. While she accepted the proposal, the couple called it quits in February 2003.

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