Kenny Braasch: 5 Things About ‘BIP’ Finalist Who’s Engaged To Mari Pepin

After a season of ups and downs, Kenny Braasch got down on one knee and proposed to Mari Pepin during the Oct. 5 finale of 'Bachelor in Paradise'.

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Love was definitely in the air for Kenny Braasch on season 7 of Bachelor in Paradise! The 40-year-old found love with Mari Pepin on the show, and wound up proposing to her during the final rose ceremony, which was filmed during summer 2021. After the finale aired on Oct. 5, Kenny and Mari confirmed they were still together and happily engaged.

However, Kenny and Mari’s journey wasn’t without some ups and downs. They were briefly involved in a love triangle with Demi Burnett on the show. When Mari worried that she and Kenny were moving too fast, he moved on with Demi. In the end, though, he and Mari found their way back to each other and are ready to live happily ever after. Learn more about Kenny below!

Kenny Braasch and Mari Pepin
Kenny Braasch and Mari Pepin after their engagement. (ABC)

1. What Happened To Kenny On ‘The Bachelorette?’

Kenny kicked off his Bachelor Nation journey on Clare Crawley’s season of The Bachelorette. When Clare left the show and got engaged to Dale Moss, Tayshia Adams took her place. Kenny stayed on the show to try and see if he had a connection with Tayshia. He was eliminated in week 7.

During his run on The Bachelorette, Kenny stripped down a number of times on group dates, including ones that featured strip dodgeball and a pool basketball game. “Somehow I ended up naked all the time on the show,” he told the Chicago Tribune.

2. He works as a boy band manager. 

Kenny’s official job title is a ‘Talent Buyer’ for 115 Bourbon Street. At his job, he works to schedule entertainment for various stages in Chicago. His job also requires him to promote and market the events that he helps organize. He has been working in this position since 2004, according to his LinkedIn. Kenny also manages various boy bands through the company he helped find, The Right Stuff Entertainment.

3. He’s a model.

Aside from his full-time job, Kenny has also done some modeling. He’s represented by Good Talent Management for his modeling career.

Kenny Braasch and Mari Pepin
Kenny Braasch proposing to Mari Pepin on ‘BIP.’ (ABC)

4. He’s very into fitness. 

Kenny definitely prioritizes keeping in shape, and often posts photos of himself working out on Instagram. He also isn’t afraid to show off the results, with his shirtless body and arm muscles often on display. On The Bachelorette, Clare took notice of Kenny’s fit figure during a game of strip dodgeball. “Look at Kenny’s a**,” she said to Chris. “Just look at it!”

5. Kenny has several tattoos.  

The Northern Illinois University alum has never shied away from tattoos. He nearly has a full sleeve on his left arm. Kenny also has a large tattoo covering her left pec, as well as a star on his right arm and two more stars below his belly button.