Dotun Olubeko Says He Didn't Want To Do 'Bachelorette'

'Bachelorette' Winner Dotun Olubeko Admits He Didn't Want To Do The Show

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By Kelly Coffey-Behrens on August 25, 2023 at 9:00 PM EDT

In the end, "Bachelorette" lead Charity Lawson chose Dontun Olubeko, leaving Joey Graziadei heartbroken.

Though the choice was far from easy, Lawson and Olubeko found their happily ever after, while Graziadei is gearing up to start his journey as the next "Bachelor" lead.

This past season of "The Bachelorette" was filled with drama, surprises, and romance, but the "Bachelorette" winner, Dontun Olubeko admits he didn't want to do the show.

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Dontun Olubeko On His "Bachelorette" Journey

Charity Lawson Opens Up On Special Relationship With Dotun Olubeko
Instagram | The Bachelorette

Following "The Bachelorette" finale, Charity Lawson and Dontun Olubeko went onto "Good Morning America" to discuss their journey together, in which Olubeko admitted he didn't want to do the show.

"Shivers went through my body when I think about that," Olubeko said on "Good Morning America". "I will never be able to really express how grateful I am for the forces that be, that brought us together."

He then went on to admit, "I did not want to do [the show], but something just kept telling me to do it. My heart is going to burst open just thinking about!"

Olubeko also went onto the "Bachelor Happy Hour" podcast, which is co-hosted by Bachelor in Paradise spouses Joe Amabile and Serena Pitt, and admitted, "Honestly, I got on [The Bachelorette] only two weeks before filming started".

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"It was a really short time period, apparently one of the shortest, I've been told," he continued before adding, "It was just happenstance where someone dropped out and someone thought of me to fill that role."

Olubeko said his friend actually recommended he go and try out for the show, which is when he "jumped in at that two-week point."

"So I was going through that [casting] process for those two weeks, and I was kind of unsure if I was really going to go through with it. It was so [last minute], I didn't have time to think about it," he explained.

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After he watched Charity Lawson on Zach Shallcross's "Women Tell All" episode, that is when he truly decided this was the right decision for him. "It was truly seeing Charity on The Women Tell All for Zach's season," he admiitted. "I was watching it because they were going to announce the Bachelorette, and I was like, 'Great! Maybe this will shift my mood or shift my decision,'"

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Dontun Olubeko Admits He Didn't Know The Show Ended In An Engagement

Charity Lawson Writes Sweet Message To Fiancé Dotun Olubeko
Instagram | Charity Lawson

During Dotun Olubeko's Fantasy Suite date with Charity Lawson, the Integrative Medicine Specialist admitted to Lawson, "You mentioned you're finding your husband, right? Umm, so this is kind of funny. I really don't know much about the show."

He went on to say, "So I didn't really understand what happens at the end of all this -- up until probably three or four weeks ago. I asked one of the guys, 'What happens?' And they're like, 'It's an engagement.' And maybe for a millisecond, I was taken aback."

The two ended up getting engaged on the "Bachelorette" live finale. Following the "After the Final Rose" episode, Olubeko took to Instagram to break his silence on this journey.

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“It’s a story only dreamt of… some days I still can’t believe it’s real myself. Yet it feels like there is a lifetime of heart and soul between us,” he began. “Through it all we have formed an unbreakable bond which has culminated in a serendipitous story that only comes around once in a lifetime,” he continued before adding, “And to think this is just the beginning. There is so much more to be had, felt, and built.”

Olubeko concluded with, “You have rekindled my passion to enter this next stage of life. And I’m excited to do it together, with you. I love you.”

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