After winning over the hearts of viewers on ‘The Bachelorette,’ single dad Michael Allio is back to try and find love on ‘Bachelor in Paradise.’
Michael Allio has been a beloved member of Bachelor Nation since he appeared on Katie Thurston’s season of The Bachelorette in 2021. As a single father who is widowed, Michael’s story drew viewers in as he opened up about the tough time he went through before coming on the show. Now, Michael is a contestant on season 8 of Bachelor in Paradise, and he’s quickly falling for Sierra Jackson.
Michael has a 5-year-old son named James. Michael revealed that he had a son during the season 17 premiere of The Bachelorette. He also noted that he was allowed to FaceTime with his son while filming the show.
Michael was married to Laura Ritter-Allio. After meeting at Loyola University Chicago, they married in 2012. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017. Laura tragically died in 2019 after a 2-year battle with cancer. He frequently posts about his late wife on social media. In 2020, he wrote a heartfelt post about her. “Came across this beauty earlier today,” he captioned an Instagram photo of his wife. “It brought me right back to the beach. What a treasure to have spent so much time with someone like her. I miss her every second of every day. It’s likely that you do too.”
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