JJ Lane wasn’t exactly depicted in the best light during his time on The Bachelorette, personally declaring that a “villain's gotta vill” as America watched editors turn him into Kaitlyn Bristowe’s worst nightmare. Then, on Bachelor in Paradise, things changed... or, rather, producers changed. Either way, JJ’s persona morphed from a hot-headed jock to the type of guy you’d happily buy a beer -- good beer, too.
Regardless of the complimentary editing, women still don’t know what JJ is like off the show, but that doesn’t stop them from flocking to him... something he considers a double-edged sword.
So, what’s it like to go back into the dating scene in your mid-30s, with a child, post-Bachelorette? He told us.
On not realizing the popularity of the series
"When I signed up for this, my buddies and I would just joke around like, “You're just going to have all these hot chicks and you're going to just hook up all the time. It will be awesome.” I thought I would have, at most, 5,000 new Instagram followers. I was just very naïve, and viewed it very simply. Now it is not that simple. Then there's another aspect of it, where I've had people attempt to blackmail me. I got home from The Bachelorette kind of early, mid-April, and ended up getting introduced to this awesome, very beautiful girl.