Gabby Windey gave her first kiss, and her first impression rose to Mario Vassall on The Bachelorette season 19 premiere, and fans want to know more about the charismatic suitor. Gabby is the lead alongside Rachel Recchia after they were both runner-ups on The Bachelor season 26 with Clayton Echard. After telling all of his final three women that he loved them, Clayton broke up with Rachel and Gabby for his current girlfriend, Susie Evans. Although they were heartbroken at the time, they are ready to find love again.
During the season premiere of The Bachelorette, Rachel and Gabby greeted the men together at The Bachelor mansion. Mario made quite a first impression as he danced up to the women, chanting, “Rachel and Gabby, okay!” Later in the night, Gabby had some one-on-one time with Mario, where he spoke about how she wanted the men to be open and honest, and he was willing to do that. Mario wants to be vulnerable and break the stereotype that men are closed off. Before the end of the night, they shared a kiss, and Gabby said in her confessional that his kiss gave her “butterflies.”
Later in The Bachelorette premiere, Gabby gave Mario her first impression rose. They shared another kiss, and Mario said in his confessional that he hopes to build their connection in the next few weeks. Here is everything fans need to know about Gabby’s potential new suitor, Mario.
Mario is a 31-year-old personal trainer from Naperville, Illinois. According to his ABC Bachelorette bio, he “just wants to make his mother proud.” On his Instagram page, Mario revealed that when he was 18-years-old, “I gave my life to Christ and made Jesus my Lord and Savior.”
Mario is a personal trainer and virtual fitness instructor. The Bachelorette season 19 suitor’s LinkedIn profile reveals that he graduated from North Central College in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in sociology. Mario later earned his MBA in Business Administration and Management. He put his degrees to good use as he’s the founder of Inspired By Rio, a fitness company that he created in 2017. The Bachelorette contestant revealed that he started working out in 2015 and began to see results. As Mario continued with his fitness journey, other people would turn to him for direction, so he became a personal trainer. He creates weekly instructional fitness videos and promotes a variety of programs that are specific to his clients’ goals. Mario’s clients are from all over the country and can train with him virtually or in person. Mario also volunteers at his church as a child care worker who helps students in kindergarten through fifth grade with Bible lessons. He also welcomes families into the church as an auditorium host and usher.
According to his Bachelorette bio, for Mario, “fitness is a way of life and, even if he wasn’t getting paid, he’d still be out there working hard for his clients.” Mario is also “a Tetris superstar,” his favorite flower is tulips, and he likes to end his day by listening to ’90s R&B music. According to an Instagram post, Mario had dreams of playing basketball in the NBA, but when he didn’t receive an athletic scholarship for college, he changed his plans.
On his Instagram page, Mario mostly shares fitness and nutrition videos and advertises his company, Inspired By Rio. He also shares his clients’ success stories and many inspirational posts. Mario uses social media “as a platform to inspire others toward a more healthy lifestyle.” Mario also shares some posts about The Bachelorette.
In his Bachelorette bio, Mario shared that when it comes to love, he is “emotionally available and proudly wears his heart on his sleeve.” Over the years, Mario has done a lot of “self-work and is ready to be vulnerable, settle down and start a family (of future basketball players).” As for what Mario is looking for, he wants someone who is “in tune with her emotions and someone to share a good meal and conversation with.” Mario made a great first impression on Gabby, earning a kiss and a rose. With his sweet personality and good looks, he seems like a frontrunner to win Gabby’s heart. Hopefully, Mario will continue to impress her and perhaps receive her final rose.