The Bachelor’s Daisy Kent Confirms She’s Dating Her College Flame

“It’s going good.”

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After missing out on Joey Graziadei’s final rose, The Bachelor’s Daisy Kent has found love elsewhere. In April, Us Weekly reported that the reality star had begun dating Thor Herbst, who she attended college with at San Diego State University. Now, Kent has confirmed the romance, sharing the first details of the relationship.

Appearing on the May 13 episode of the podcast Scrubbing In with Becca Tilley & Tanya Rad, Kent revealed she and Herbst “dated four years ago” in college and remained friends after breaking up. “We didn’t date for very long,” she said. “But we were always really good friends after, and our whole college friend group is super close.”

The Bachelor runner-up also revealed that, while Herbst is the one who decided to end things in college, he reached out to Kent after her stint on the reality show.

“It wasn’t until after the show that we decided to try to give it a go,” she continued. “And we’re giving it a go, and it’s going good.”

Kent added that Herbst is “very supportive” of her post-Bachelor fame. “I called him before I was coming here. I was just like, ‘I might get asked about it. Do you want me to not say anything?’ He’s like, ‘Whatever you want to share. But if you ever feel uncomfortable, just say that’s between me and him.’”

The Bachelor’s Daisy Kent. John Fleenor/Disney

The relationship came to light after Kent dropped several comments hinting she was seeing someone new.

Speaking recently to Ben Higgins and Ashley Iaconetti on the Almost Famous podcast, she mentioned that she’d been on several dates with the same person. “I would say I’m happy right now, and it’s looking positive,” she said on the April 10 episode, confirming that her decision to turn down The Bachelorette “had nothing to do” with her current dating life.

“I can actually say 100% that [decision] I made on my own before I ever wanted to think about anything with anyone else,” she continued. “Because I knew I was at this point in my life where, like, I kind of had to be selfish and make a decision for me.”

Daisy’s Bachelor Journey

After making it to The Bachelor Season 28 finale, Kent eliminated herself after realizing that Joey would likely give Kelsey Anderson his final rose.

“I just saw you two look at each other and I was like, woah. For the first time I was like, I don’t think it’s me,” Kent said in the finale. “I just remember that and then I was kinda trying to suppress my feelings and put it aside.”

In the season’s last episode, Joey proposed to Kelsey, and she accepted. Fans had speculated that Kent might be announced as the franchise’s next Bachelorette, but fellow contestant Jenn Tran landed the gig.

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