Ladies and gentlemen, meet Ryan Anderson— the hunky intruder who is set to ruffle a few feathers on tonight's episode of The Bachelorette!
WATCH: Ryan sparks outrage when his co-stars spot him kissing Angie
Seeing as Angie's already made a few solid connections and he's entering the mansion two weeks late, most would assume the 32-year-old is at a disadvantage. However, it turns out Ryan already knows the reality TV star from the outside world. Talk about a twist!
Angie and Ryan— who boasts over 35, 000 followers on social media— first connected on Instagram after the former Gogglebox Australia star stumbled upon his account, Aussiedogguy. (If you are obsessed with dogs, you should definitely follow him!)
"It started as common interest in the rescue-dog scene," the island caretaker from Queensland told TV Week
. "We followed each other on Instagram and there was some banter."
After chatting and bonding over their mutual love of animals, Ryan, who serves an ambassador for an assistance-dog charity, invited Angie to be his date to an upcoming gala ball.
Before she even had a chance to respond, Angie, 29, was announced as this year's Bachelorette.
"I let it be at first," he said, "but then I thought, 'I'm going to get that date regardless' and subsequently applied for the show."
"I signed up purely to get to know Angie— I had a bit of an online crush on her and I wanted to get to know her a bit better," the former RSPCA SA inspector
also told 10 daily
“I’d hate to sit back and see the series unfold without me in it and go, ‘That could have been me’.”
Now THAT is what I call fate!
While Ryan's unexpected entrance during a group date sometime this week will no doubt send shockwaves through the Bachie mansion, he maintains he's looking for love, not drama.
"It was very full-on!" he told 10 Daily. "I think they didn't trust me because of Angie's brother going undercover earlier on, as in they thought there was something more to me. So when I said 'It's just dog stuff', they didn't really believe me and had a bit of trepidation towards me."