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Devon Riley Christian was a contestant on the 16th season of The Bachelorette.

He was eliminated in week 7.

He returned for, and won, the 7th season of Bachelor in Paradise.

Personal life[]

He was named Dwayne Henderson Jr. at birth, after his father but as he got older and learned more about his father and what kind of person he was, he legally changed his name to Devon Riley Christian.

He met Maurissa Gunn on the 7th season of Bachelor in Paradise, where they got engaged at the end of the show.

"Riley, my handsome sweetheart, my life has been full of letdowns and broken promises until I met you. You showed me what a real man is. You showed me, literally, everything I've dreamed of my whole life. You showed me that fairytales do exist, even though our fairytale includes whipped cream and toads. I really never believed in love at first sight and you showed me that it truly is possible. I knew I loved you, the first night that I met you. You were adventurous, passionate. I knew that I was going to do whatever I needed to, to make you mine and today I know that I want to make you mine forever. I am in love with you Riley and it is truly the scariest feeling in the world but you make me feel safe, you make me feel protected. You know all of my insecurities and you know that I like to run when things get tough but the more that I run, the more that you stay, and then the more I fall in love with you" - Maurissa to Riley

"Maurissa, I've gone from city to city, from state to state, and now from country to country in search of something very special. The difficult thing, about what I'm searching for is that it's not something that you can always see. It's the feeling, my heart beating fast. It's the feeling, butterflies in my stomach. It's the feeling, goosebumps on my arms, and I know that that feeling, that feeling, is love. See Maurissa, I love you and I've loved you since our very first date. But I just need to be sure... That's it... Will you marry me?" - Riley proposing to Maurissa

The couple announced their break-up on January 24, 2022.


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Riley is a self-proclaimed workaholic who is here to give himself a real shot at finding love. After attending a small college in Ohio, he moved to New York City to attend Syracuse School of Law and pursue his dreams of being a big city lawyer. Since graduating, he has been working as an attorney practicing medical malpractice and the grind has been nonstop. He’s ready to shift his priorities and believes that this is truly the perfect time for him to meet his soul mate and begin the next chapter of his life. Riley says he is looking for a woman he can be his authentic self with. The ability to carry a good conversation means a lot to Riley, but please don’t ask him to go to a museum with you because that’s not going to happen. He’d rather check out a new restaurant or spend the day at the ballpark enjoying the game over beer and hot dogs. He can’t wait to have a family of his own and Riley plans to be an amazing father. In fact, he’s already planning his first family vacay – a tour of every single MLB stadium in the country. Sounds like a homerun to us!