Jake Pavelka's Age Comes With Wisdom

If there’s one thing that I know from watching many (OK, too many) seasons of The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and Bachelor In Paradise, it's that everyone in Bachelor Nation knows each other. When you’re constantly bringing former contestants back, it’s easy to make friends. When word got around that former Bachelor Jake Pavelka knows Bachelorette JoJo Fletcher, it seemed natural that she could go to him for advice before starting her search for love on TV. How are they acquainted? According to Inquisitr, Jake went to school with JoJo's older brothers. If he knows JoJo's older siblings, how old is Jake Pavelka anyway?

Jake was born on Jan. 27, 1978, making him 38 years old. His season of The Bachelor was Season 14, which was all the way back in 2010. Bachelor Nation was first introduced to this hunky commercial pilot in Jillian Harris’ season of The Bachelorette, and during his own season, Jake eventually ended up with Vienna Girardi. Remember what a disaster that was? The two broke up like two weeks (okay, three months) after the show ended, complete with a very nasty interview in which they insulted each other and cried. He dated around after The Bachelor, notably entering a relationship with CMT's Sweet Home Alabama star Ashley Ann Vickers. However, it seems like he's single now — or keeping any relationship out of the public eye.

The Bachelor may not have worked out for Jake, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have some key advice for JoJo and other future contestants. Actually, the fact that he didn’t find love means his words of wisdom could be even more on point. Here’s what JoJo can learn from her good friend Jake Pavelka.

There's More To Love Than Chemistry

The last two contestants on Jake's season were Vienna Girardi and Tenley Molzahn. Obviously, he chose Vienna, and I think it was because the chemistry between them was so intense. They were hot and heavy from the beginning. That’s not to say that Jake wasn’t attracted to Tenley, but he seemed to connect more with Vienna in that way. Since The Bachelor speeds up a relationship and only takes places over the “lust” part, this makes sense. But JoJo needs to learn from this and consider deeper feelings beyond attraction and chemistry if she wants a shot at lasting love.

Ignore The Tantrums

Tensions are high on The Bachelor, but that doesn’t mean you can act like a jerk. Michelle threw a fit on Jake’s season of The Bachelor because she wasn’t getting called for dates (this was like, Week 2, mind you), and Jake wasn’t cool with that. He sent her home just a few days after her freakout. And for more on dramatic moments like this, check out Bustle's Bachelor podcast, Will You Accept This Podcast?

Don't Answer The Phone

During Jake's season of The Bachelor, Ali Fedotowsky (who would go on to be a Bachelorette herself) left the show to go back to her job at Facebook. Girl, I totally get it — jobs are more important than reality dating. But Ali soon second-guessed her decision and called Jake up to ask for her spot back on the show. Jake ultimately declined her offer, but I can't imagine it was easy for him to tell her "no" as she cried on the phone. JoJo would do better to not answer the phone at all — you never know who is on the other line.

All JoJo needs is a conversation or two with Jake, and she’ll be all set for her season of The Bachelorette.

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