November 22, 2022 • bachelor insider
EXCLUSIVE: Michael Allio & Danielle Maltby Reveal Their Moving Plans and Dish on Danielle’s Bond with Michael’s Son
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Bachelor Nation fans saw Michael Allio and Danielle Maltby find love and leave the beach together on Season 8 of “Bachelor in Paradise.”
Now they are sitting down with BachelorNation.com for their first exclusive interview as a couple.
Check out Danielle and Michael’s interview below!
Bachelor Nation: Congrats to you two — we love your love so much! What’s next for you now post-“Paradise”?
Danielle Maltby: I’m moving! I need to get another nurse trained in my clinic so they can take over for me and I need to find a new job near Michael in Akron, Ohio! We can’t wait.
BN: How exciting! How has it been since leaving the beach together? Catch us up.
Michael Allio: We got into an early habit of talking every night on FaceTime. We also went and saw each other at least every two weeks. There were a few times we went three weeks if we had work or other commitments, but we have been seeing a lot of each other. We’re just very much at the same point in our lives. We don’t waste time. We ask questions and get down to it. I’m so excited for this next chapter. I never thought I’d be able to get there this quickly and the person in me before going on “Paradise” would have put up every wall possible to not allow this to happen. But now I am not scared at all!
DM: It just takes the right person, I think. All of your other relationships that haven’t worked out don’t make sense until you meet that person who is right. For me, everything has been perfect with him.
BN: Love that so much. Danielle, have you gotten to spend any time with Michael’s son James?
DM: Absolutely! I’ve gotten to spend a lot of time with James. He is just the coolest kid!
BN: How has that experience been for you, Michael, getting to see Danielle and James bond?
MA: He’s very insightful and we’ve had very deep talks since he was a little kid. Some of that is because we’ve had to, but some of it is because we like to. He has just developed into this beautiful kid and seeing his relationship with Danielle has just been so comfortable. He is drawn to her and wants to be next to her. If I’m on the couch and she’s on the couch, he will lay on top of her. We have the same taste — like father, like son!
BN: That is just the sweetest! What are you guys most excited for in this next chapter?
DM: I am really excited to be able to go on dates and I am excited to keep building my relationship with James. I can’t wait to be more involved in his life and figure out what that looks like.
MA: I agree, and I’m just excited to make more memories. We got off the beach a while ago and we’ve been dating for over five months, but I feel like now it’s day one of something amazing and new. We are starting to build from here. It’s a blank slate. We don’t know what’s ahead, but we’ve worked so hard to get to this point that we’re so confident in what will happen.
BN: Agreed! How have you two grown as a couple since leaving the beach?
DM: We’ve both grown a lot together and Michael has definitely gotten out of his way!
MA: Something I have a tendency to do is move slowly. Sometimes I speak from the heart and then question everything. I wonder if I’m moving too quickly, but she’s right, I’ve gotten out of my way. Even at the reunion, I got out of my way when saying “I love you.”
BN: That was such a special moment! How did that feel for you Danielle?
DM: I am still processing it, honestly! I thought he wasn’t going to say “I love you” for at least a year and a half!
MA: I meant it! I didn’t feel pressured or anything because of the show. I really don’t give a sh*t about any of that. She is just somebody that deserves that love. She’s worthy of it. We both deserve it.
BN: Yes, you both very much do. So aside from the big move, is there anything else we can look forward to for you two?
MA: I think we’re doing one step at a time, and we’ll always be on our own timeline. We’re both very excited for the future together!
BN: Love that! Congrats, you two. The journey is just beginning!
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