Zac Clark is emerging as a frontrunner on Tayshia Adams' 2020 season of The Bachelorette.

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Zac C. is a 36-year-old addiction specialist from Haddonfield, NJ.

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Zac and Tayshia's feelings for one another continue to grow on The Bachelorette's sixteenth season, and Zac is becoming the person to beat in the competition to win Tayshia's heart.

Zac admits that Tayshia makes him nervous but their time together feels "surreal" and he can definitely see potential for love and a lasting future together. They provide each other with comfort and vulnerability.

"I tried to envision Zac being the person I'm at the altar with at the end of this, and I'm not going to lie, it didn't scare me!" Tayshia gushed to the cameras.

"He's what I've said I've been looking for -- someone who's older and more mature, someone who has life under their belt and someone who is established and super close with their family... I think we have something you just can't explain, like, we are drawn to each other."

"I am falling for Zac, absolutely, and life is so good," Tayshia added.

Until viewers can watch more of Zac and Tayshia's romance unfold on The Bachelorette, let's learn a little bit about this bachelor right now.

Below are nine facts Reality TV World has compiled about Zac Clark.

Zac loves a tough woman

Zac says he is a sucker for good style and loves a woman with curves who is both tough and confident.

Zac also hopes to find a woman with hobbies and goals of her own so that her entire life isn't wrapped up in their relationship.

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The Bachelorette host Chris Harrison says Zac is "just a great guy."

When announcing The Bachelorette cast on Facebook this past summer, Chris said Zac will share "a heartfelt story" with viewers.

"He has a bit of a Nick Viall vibe to him. Again, I'm not sure if that's a good thing, we'll see. But he really is a tremendous guy, and this guy has a heart of gold," Chris shared.

Chris added that Zac is "a quiet guy" but also "a sweetheart."


Zac Clark is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict

Zac is a recovering alcoholic and former drug addict who also abused both illegal and prescription drugs.

In a 2014 speech, Zac reportedly said his addiction resulted in "15 years of lying" and culminated with a four-and-a-half month stint at a addiction recovery facility that helped him turn his life around.


Zac's addiction was extreme

According to a report the Reading Eagle published at the time, Zac spoke at a gathering at Alvernia University in January 2014 and detailed the lengths of his addiction.

Zac apparently once complained of a pain in his side and asked doctors to remove his gall bladder so he could have access to heavy painkillers. He was also thrilled to receive drugs after a brain tumor was removed from his head.

The report says Zac snorted and smoked OxyContin, shot heroin intravenously, smoked crack and did "whippets," which is inhaling bursts of nitrous oxide for a short-lived high.

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Zac was eventually arrested for possession of crack and driving while intoxicated, and then he decided to turn his life around and never look back.

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Zac tries to inspire others not to repeat his mistakes

In 2017, Zac co-founded a recovery program with a variety of services called Release Recovery with his friend Justin Gurland to help people reclaim their lives after struggling with addiction.

Both Zac and Justin had their own personal journeys in recovery, which made them want to share what they've learned with others on the same path to sobriety.


Zac was previously married

During his speech at Alvernia University, Zac reportedly revealed he got married in his 20's after graduating college.

According to Zac, his addiction even dominated his wedding planning, as The Bachelorette bachelor admitted his biggest concern was trying to figure out how he would be able to get drugs during his honeymoon in St. Thomas.

"I have got to leave the country for 10 days and for a guy with a serious, serious drug problem, that's not cool," he told attendees, according to the Reading Eagle.


Zac is a former athlete who initially planned to pursue a career in sports

Zac played three sports in high school and later played baseball in college, but his focus was unfortunately on partying at the time.

Zac says he loves Philadelphia sports and dreams of sharing a Philly Cheesesteak with his future wife while watching the Eagles win a Super Bowl.


Zac has run numerous marathons for good causes

Zac runs the New York City Marathon every year -- six years straight as of 2019 -- in honor of a friend's brother, who died from his own battle with addiction.

"To me, the NYC Marathon embodies something that our nation needs more of: LOVE. It is the one day of the year that the entire city comes together and cheers for the same team. It's about shared passion, inspiration, and teamwork," Zac wrote in a November 2018 post on Instagram.

"It has become my favorite day of the year because of this spirit. As we continue to face a challenging social climate, I encourage EVERYONE to continue to take action, get behind causes that matter to them and keep spreading the LOVE."


Zac is very close to his sister Kat

Zac says his sister Kat is one of his "rocks." He calls her "a badass" and a "hero," and he apparently adores his niece and nephew.

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Kat actually nominated Zac for The Bachelorette, so Tayshia can thank Kat for Zac's participation on the show this season.

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