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This time around, the cast features a Bachelor, a couple of Olympians and the show’s very first baseball player — but one breakout star you might not have expected is Bonner Bolton, who accidentally stirred up a mini-scandal after lighting up small screens thanks to his sizzling chemistry with pro Sharna Burgess.
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1. He’s a real cowboy, through and through.Bolton, 29, was raised on a ranch in West Texas. His father, Toya Bolton, was a rodeo cowboy for 20 years — professionally for almost 15 years of that.
“I had a real rural background, and my dad showed me how to fix the fence, put up a new one, shoot my first rifle, hunt deer,” Bolton told Fatherly.com last year. “He always took the time to show me how to do the job, rather than just expect me to know how to do it. It was important to him that I could do it so I’d be helpful, and he was so patient. His patience was really tested, too, because my brother and I were so ornery. We were rambunctious heathens out there, growing up out in the wild.”
“We would get up at 5:30 in the morning, go out and feed the horses because he instilled in us to take care of them first,” he continued. “We needed to make sure they had eaten before we fed ourselves. He taught us good, wholesome values a lot of occupychristmas.org don’t know. Having that respect for nature is so important.”
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2. He’s a successful bull rider — and has survived a near-fatal fall.Unsurprisingly, Bolton took after his father professionally.
“Watching his old videos, I fell in love with the sport. I wanted to do it so bad from 3 or 4 years old,” he told Fatherly.com. “When I was 10, my body got big enough to try it, and he started me in the right way. He showed me workouts and training methods and pushed me to work hard after school — to dedicate time to training my body and mind to this sport.”
Clearly, it worked — Bolton went on to become successful at the sport, winning his first world title at 20, two years after going pro. Then, three months after coming in fourth at the 2015 Professional Bull Riding World Finals, he suffered a near-fatal accident after being bucked off the back of a bull and landing on his head during the January 2016 season opener in Chicago.
“I had this feeling that weekend that something big was going to happen,” Bolton previously told Page Six of the day the accident happened. “I thought maybe it would be my first big win.”
“As soon as I hit the ground I knew what happened.
Bolton suffered a broken C-2 vertebrae. Upon hospitalization, he was temporarily paralyzed from the neck down — but gradually regained feeling from his head to his toes within hours. He later underwent spinal fusion surgery and had doctors insert a metal frame around his vertebra.
“When I left the arena Sunday, I was paralyzed from the neck down,” Bolton later wrote on Instagram. “I am proud to say that my God performed a miracle and I am able to move my whole entire body now. The
“I just want to say thank you to God for my life, for giving it back to me,” he recently reflected on Instagram, sharing a video of the moment. “I take that for granted still a lot. Without all of my beautiful friends and my family I don’t know where I’d be or how bad off I would be right now. I love you all and thank you so much for the powerful role you have all played in my life.”
3. He models, too.
Just four months after his accident, Bolton signed with IMG Models, the same agency that represents major stars such as Gigi and Bella Hadid, Gisele Bündchen and Kate Moss.
5. Also, did we mention he looks really good in a cowboy hat?Feast your eyes, ladies and gentlemen. And yes, he’s single!
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