While I am still not over the fact that ABC cast so many men on Katie Thurston's Bachelorette season that can only be described as extra (hi, Connor B and James Bonsall, obsessed with you forever), there's a teensy handful of guys left who appear to be here for the ~RIGHT REASONS~, including Michael Allio. Time to get to know Michael better, and FYI...there are spoilers about how far he makes it *and* whether or not he ends up engaged to Katie below.
Michael Is a Single Dad Who’s Super Devoted to His Son
Yeah, Michael wants to find a partner (and on reality TV, no less), but his main focus is on his adorbs little son. As ABC notes in our dude’s bio, “Michael is a single dad whose world revolves around his amazing 4-year-old son, James. When it comes to dating, the two of them are a package deal, and Michael wouldn’t have it any other way. Michael lives a life that is incredibly fulfilling and says he is more than ready to find someone to share it with.”
Sadly, Michael’s wife passed away several years ago, and he founded clothing company L4 (Live Life Like Laura) Project in her honor, which “donates 100% of its profits to nonprofit organizations that address these needs and enrich the lives of individuals and families fighting cancer.”
He Got the Blessing of His Late Wife’s Parents to Go on The Bachelorette
Speaking to the Bachelor Happy Hour podcast, Michael said he turned down the casting opportunity TWICE before deciding to find love on TV—and not before he got the blessing of his late wife’s parents. “My decision to, you know, begin this journey is not just mine. So there’s a lot of people who are affected with it in my world. People that I really love and cherish,” he said. “I did say that before I decided to go on the show, I wouldn’t go on unless my in-laws have given me full approval. Basically, like, this is my out to do something that may make me feel uncomfortable, but they were supportive too.”
He added, “They understand that we’ve all been through some very crazy moments together. They know how much, you know, I supported them [and] loved their daughter, and everything. They’re amazing because they wanted to see me, you know, find happiness again and I think everybody needs somebody to help them navigate life.”
This is so sweet.
Michael’s Dream Woman Is Witty and Stands Up Against Ignorance
No wonder he wanted to compete on Katie’s season! More on what he’s looking for right here...in case you’re respectfully curious:
“His dream woman is compassionate, empathetic, resilient, and not easily offended. A witty woman with a funny bone and a self-deprecating sense of humor is a huge turn-on for Michael, and he loves when a woman has strong convictions and stands up against ignorance. Michael says that life is short and that he’s ready to find a woman who makes him a better person every day that they are together. He is serious about finding love on this journey, so, Michael, let the journey begin!”
Clearly Michael is into ~JOKES~ because he showed up on Katie’s season and presented her with a watch that he claimed was a family heirloom before being all “I’m just kidding with you. I’m not a creep. I got that at the airport.” He then profoundly mused, “Time is precious. Be happy. Spend it with the people you want to be with. Hopefully, we get some time to talk about it.”
Other things we know about Michael thanks to ABC:
He makes a mean plate of Dino Nuggies.
He prefers the mountains over the beach any day of the week (so...guess we won’t see him on Paradise next season?)
He loves ’90s R&B and rap music.
He Lives in Akron, Ohio
According to the Akron Beacon Journal, who appears to be very pumped about having an Ohio local on the show, Michael hails from Akron and is the founder and managing partner of Allstera, which sells PPE. Important, duh, but kinda zzzz, so let’s get to the good stuff:
'Kay, so Reality Steve fed us some slightly incorrect information and said tha Andrew Spencer made it into the final four—turns out Michael does, but he sadly ends up eliminating himself because of his son:
"I had Andrew and Michael A. flip flopped. Andrew finished 5th with Michael finishing 4th. When I reported that back in May on Michael A., the one thing I knew was that his family never met Katie. So I made the assumption he didn’t finish top 4 since, well, top 4 get hometowns. I made the wrong assumption there on his placement. He finishes 4th, BUT, his family doesn’t meet Katie. At the beginning of next weeks episode, we’ll see Michael self eliminate because of his son, and Katie never meets his family."
In other words, he doesn’t win (here’s who does), but he and Katie did form a connection for him to make it that far. Fingers crossed he finds the right lady in the future!
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