Juan Pablo Galavis, ‘The Bachelorette’s’ Latin lover

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Juan Pablo Galavis, a Venezuelan competing in "The Bachelorette."

Juan Pablo Galavis, a Venezuelan competing in “The Bachelorette.” (Twitter/@JuanPaGalavis)

Juan Pablo Galavis Guinand is a Venezuelan-American professional soccer player and the only Latino participating in the ABC reality show, “The Bachelorette.” Not surprisingly, he has already captivated the audience and is positioned among the favorites!

Who is Juan Pablo Galavis?

Galavis was born August 5, 1981, in Ithaca, New York, but when he was two years old, his family moved to Barquisimeto, Venezuela. He returned to the United States to play college soccer for Roberts Wesleyan College.

After several seasons playing in the Venezuelan First Division with Caracas FC, Deportivo Italy and Monagas Sport Club, he signed with the USL-1 team Miami FC in 2008. He retired from professional soccer after his daughter Camila was born in February 2009 because he did not want to move away from her as she resided in Miami.

While playing professional soccer, Galavis was getting into radio and music as a hobby. To have fun while working was a common thing at that time in his life, and it led him to discover what would later become his profession.

Upon retirement from professional soccer, he started his career in the music business by promoting Venezuelan singers in Miami. Juan Pablo Galavis also serves as a sports adviser, working from the U.S. with the Venezuelan Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. His work is based on maintaining contact with Venezuelan athletes while in search of items that are of importance for the museum to display.

Galavis is focusng on creating the Cardenas Sport Foundation — a non-profit organization created to help the Venezuelan Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, teams, athletes and communities in Latin America — as well. The venture is still in the approval process with the U.S. government, but the cause is very personal to Galavis.

Juan Pablo Galavis is the only Latino competing in "The Bachelorette."

Juan Pablo Galavis is the only Latino competing in “The Bachelorette.” (Twitter/@JuanPaGalavis)

Years ago, he learned the story of Carlos Daniel Cardenas, a young Venezuelan who, at the age of 3, was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was not able to walk when he was 9, so his physical education classes were based on essays and papers on sports and that led him to a full career as a sports writer.

Cardenas wrote a couple of sports books, including “Venezuelans in the Major Leagues, Their Lives and Deeds 1939-1989.” He died in 1994 and his parents created the Venezuelan Museum of Baseball and Hall of Fame in memory of their child. Galavis felt the need to be part of the project and thus created the foundation.

‘The Bachelorette’

Juan Pablo Galavis was not motivated to participate in “The Bachelorette.” However, his friend Tangy Tarantino saw certain qualities in him that could make him a great candidate for this show and sent Galavis the forms to fill out.

Galavis didn’t pay attention to the submission deadline, so when they day came to send them, they were not ready. Reportedly, it was Tangy who filled them out with him over the phone, submitting them on his behalf. Later, the producers of “The Bachelorette” called Galavis for an interview in Miami and another in Los Angeles. The rest is history.

The former soccer player described his participation in “The Bachelorette” as a unique and difficult-to-relive experience. He invites everyone to watch the program every Monday, at 8:00 p.m. EST on ABC.

What is Juan Pablo looking for in a woman?

For Juan Pablo Galavis, it is vital for the woman who wants to establish a relationship with him to understand that the most important thing in his life is his young 4-year-old daughter, Camila Valentina, born from his relationship with Carla Rodriguez.

This is great news for the bachelorette, Desiree Hartsock, who has made it pretty clear that she is interested in finding a family man. But she should understand and accept that Carla (Camila’s mother and Juan Pablo’s ex) is — and will always be — a close friend.

Galavis, who is quite the hottie, says he doesn’t like to be calm and reading indoors. In fact, he doesn’t read at all, so the woman for Juan Pablo Galavis should be funny, with a great sense of humor — as he loves to joke around — always ready for adventure and above all, she has to know how to dance.

Galavis says he is single because he hasn’t found the perfect person yet. Previously, he always dated Latinas, but “The Bachelorette” seems to be a great opportunity to try on a romance with an American like Desiree, the coveted 26 year-old maiden.

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