Every year, at least a couple contestants on The Bachelorette make very bold limo entrances. During Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia’s first episode of The Bachelorette, Jacob “Jake” Rapini is one of those men, making his mark with a partially nude first impression. But there’s more to know about this dude than just his six-pack.
The contestants on Gabby and Rachel’s season of The Bachelorette have more competition than usual — there are 32 contestants, to be exact — and they have the added pressure of a new format for the show, with two leads. It seems Jake may have taken this pressure to heart, since he decided to wow the leads with a daring limo entrance. In fact, Jake might have taken a page out of Gabby’s own playbook — on Clayton Echard’s season of The Bachelor, Gabby’s limo entrance included a pillow with Clayton’s face on it and her saying she wanted to “sit on his face.”
Although Rachel’s entrance on Clayton’s season was a bit more tame — an older woman named Holly came out of the limo first to introduce Rachel — clearly, they can both appreciate a gimmicky first impression. If this is enough to keep Jake around, the women (and fans) are bound to learn about Jake going forward.
The biggest takeaway from Jake’s ABC bio is just how picky he is and how high his standards are — even to the point of saying his “ideal wife will turn heads with her looks wherever she goes and have beauty on the inside that matches.” Granted, he did show up to the mansion looking very much like romance novel cover model Fabio, and his bio says he doesn’t eat cake, but his standards for his wife to “prioritize” her “fitness routine” may turn some fans (and possibly even Rachel and Gabby) off.
Here’s what else to know about him:
Jacob “Jake” Rapini’s Job
Jake is a mortgage broker in Scottsdale, Arizona, not unlike former Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr. Before working in real estate, Jake went to Texas Tech University and just recently in 2020, he re-upped his education with a brief stint at San Diego State.
Prior to 2016, according to his Instagram, he trained for the U.S. Air Force Special Operations but it isn’t clear how long he was with the military.
Jacob “Jake” Rapini’s Family & Hometown
According to Jake’s Instagram, he grew up in Sonora, California, near Yosemite National Park, where he enjoys hiking and swimming. Although he attended Texas Tech, it seems he also spent some time in San Diego with friends before eventually moving to Scottsdale, Arizona, for work.
Jake hasn’t shared much about his family on Instagram, other than mentions about their support over the COVID-19 pandemic, so fans will just have to wait and see if he gets far enough to introduce his family to Bachelor Nation.
Jacob “Jake” Rapini’s Age
Jake was born on August 3, 1994, making him 27 years old. His birthday also makes him a Leo, which really fits with his lion’s mane-like hair.
Jacob “Jake” Rapini’s Instagram
If you go all the way to the beginning of Jake’s Instagram in 2018, you’ll be shocked at how different he looks. It seems like he’s grown up a lot in the last three years — in 2019 he had short hair and a very boyish look; in 2020 he started growing his hair out, saying things like “abundance mindset,” and getting really committed to working out.