Former Bachelor contestant from LaFollette gets engaged

POWELL (WATE) – Bachelor fans are counting down the days. The new season starts Monday night.  One of the show’s local alums will surely be watching, though her days looking for love are finally over. Fans got to know her as the sweet southern single mom on 2010’s season of “The Bachelor.”

Ella Nolan of LaFollette didn’t win the heart of bachelor Jake Pavelka, but she did land a spot on the spin-off series “Bachelor Pad” the next year.

After that, Ella took a step back from the spotlight and searching for love on national television.

She had a good reason. His name is Tate Wallace and he’s also from Campbell County.

“He’s a good old country boy – hunts, fishes,” Nolan said.

After dating for two and a half years, Tate popped the question two days before Christmas.

“He just kind of proposed one night when we were at the house. He had all these things planned and everything kept falling through and he was just kind of like, I’m just going to do it simple. And it was so romantic,” she said.

Nolan was ready by then for the ring, but the couple had taken their time getting to know each other.

“We both wanted to be sure. We’ve both been married before. Being a single mom and having a child involved, it’s not something we take lightly,” she said.

Nolan’s son Ethan, from her first marriage, is now 13, and Tate had to pass that test to be a serious contender.

“He asked Ethan actually if he could have my hand in marriage over dinner and it was the sweetest thing,” Nolan said.

Though she’s not part of the franchise anymore, Nolan still watches every Bachelor season. She’s looking forward to the premiere on Monday featuring the farmer from Iowa, Chris Soules, a former contestant on The Bachelorette.

“I thought he was a very sweet guy and I really hope this doesn’t go to his head. I really hope he stays with his roots and he stays genuine, because sometimes being in front of camera can change you,” Nolan said.

And while she never got the final rose on TV, Nolan says her new ring, and the guy who gave it to her, were well worth the wait.

“Everybody deserves to be happy. People deserve to find the one they want to spend their life with, whether it’s on camera or off camera,” she said.

The three-hour season premiere of “The Bachelor” airs Monday at 8 p.m. on WATE 6 On Your Side.

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