‘Bachelor in Paradise’: Who Is Riley Christian From ‘BIP’ Season 7 and Who Has He Dated?

With the first rose ceremony behind us, the Bachelor in Paradise Season 7 cast will experience its next shakeup with the addition of Riley Christian. Many viewers were excited to see the fan-favorite bachelor in the new preview for the Aug. 24 episode. But some individuals needed a reminder. So who is Riley from Bachelor in Paradise 2021? Here’s what we know about the BIP star, including who he previously dated and potential spoilers about his future.

[Spoiler alert: This article contains potential spoilers about Riley Christian in Bachelor in Paradise 2021.]

Who is Riley Christian from ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Season 7 

Headshot of Riley Christian from ‘The Bachelorette’ and ‘Bachelor in Paradise’
Bachelor Nation star Riley Christian | Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images

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Before Riley was on Bachelor in Paradise Season 7, he was a contestant on The Bachelorette Season 16. The 31-year-old is an attorney, and he lives in New York City. Bachelor Nation fans can also find Riley under the handle @rileydchristian. 

Meanwhile, some Bachelorette fans might remember Riley’s story because he opened up about a major secret later in the season. In the week 9 episode, Riley revealed that he was named after his father. But after a falling out, he chose to start over and legally change his name from Dwayne Henderson Jr. to Devon Riley Christian. 

Who did Riley Christian date on ‘The Bachelorette’?

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When Riley was on The Bachelorette Season 16, he dated Clare Crawley and Tayshia Adams. That said, the contestant truly started to shine with Tayshia. 

After Clare left early with Dale Moss, many fans watched Riley’s spark with Tayshia grow. But even so, it was too little, too late. 

Right before Hometowns, Tayshia sent Riley home because she knew her heart wasn’t in it, and she didn’t want to lead him on. Then before his limo exit, Riley said that Tayshia was still the one. However, it seems Riley left The Bachelorette without any regrets.

During the “Men Tell All” reunion, Riley thanked Tayshia for allowing him to be vulnerable. 

“I appreciate everything that you did for me,” Riley said. “I would not change this experience for anything in the world. You are amazing. I want to get that across, and if somebody didn’t tell you that enough, trust me, I will be there to remind you. You are outstanding. Thank you for everything.”

‘Bachelor in Paradise’ spoilers hint whether Riley Christian will get his happy ending in ‘BIP’ 2021

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While things didn’t work out between Riley and Tayshia on The Bachelorette, many fans are hoping Riley will find his perfect match on Bachelor in Paradise Season 7. So will the contestant continue his journey and open up to someone on the beach? 

According to Bachelor Nation spoiler king Reality Steve, Riley could get his happily ever after during BIP this year. On June 30, the franchise blogger claimed that Riley will end up with Maurissa Gunn, who is from Peter Weber’s season of The Bachelor. Reality Steve also claimed that Riley and Maurissa will get engaged in Bachelor in Paradise Season 7. 

Whether Riley proposes to Maurissa in the Bachelor in Paradise finale, many fans are hoping for some kind of happy ending. So here’s hoping for some major romance and joy in the next few weeks. Stay tuned.

Bachelor in Paradise Season 7 airs Mondays and Tuesdays on ABC.