Channel 10’s new pilot Bachelor Jimmy Nicholson briefly dated Bella Varelis

Channel 10’s new pilot Bachelor Jimmy Nicholson dated Bella Varelis shortly after placing runner-up on Locky Gilbert’s season

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Pilot James ‘Jimmy’ Nicholson is hoping to find love as Channel 10’s 2021 Bachelor.

And while he’ll have his pick of more than 20 women in the mansion this year, it appears he’s already dated a woman from the franchise.

Jimmy, 31, is believed to have dated Bachelor 2020 runner-up Bella Varelis, 26, shortly after her heartbreaking rejection from Locky Gilbert, 31. 

Case of the ex: Channel 10’s new pilot Bachelor Jimmy Nicholson (pictured) dated Bella Varelis shortly after placing runner-up on Locky Gilbert’s season in 2020

Former Survivor star Locky filmed his finale with Bella in July, and she appeared to test the waters with Jimmy in the months that followed.

‘We were chatting and went on a couple dates towards the end of last year, we got set up by a friend,’ Bella told The Wash on Thursday.

She added: ‘He’s a really lovely human, definitely deserves to find love!’  

While the rest of Jimmy’s dating history is yet to be revealed, Bella has previously been on dates with other Bachelor stars in the past.

'We went on a couple dates towards the end of last year': After being rejected by Bachelor Locky Gilbert (left) in July, Bella (right) dated Jimmy after being set up by a friend

‘We went on a couple dates towards the end of last year’: After being rejected by Bachelor Locky Gilbert (left) in July, Bella (right) dated Jimmy after being set up by a friend

'He's really lovely human, definitely deserves to find love!’ Bella only had kind words to say about Jimmy (pictured) to the publication

‘He’s really lovely human, definitely deserves to find love!’ Bella only had kind words to say about Jimmy (pictured) to the publication

She was rumoured to have gone on a few Bondi dates with Adam Todd (Becky and Elly Miles’ 2020 Bachelorette season) last year, and was in a brief relationship with Samuel Johnston from Georgia Love’s 2016 Bachelorette season.

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