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‘The Bachelor’: Matt Reveals Why He Gave Abigail 1st Impression Rose — ‘We Just Vibed’

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Abigail Heringer was the lucky lady to receive Matt James’ first impression rose on ‘The Bachelor,’ and he dished to HL about why he was drawn to her ‘authentic and real’ personality.

Matt James met 32 women during The Bachelor premiere on Jan. 4, but one stood out above the rest — Abigail Heringer. Matt gave the 25-year-old, who was born deaf and wears cochlear implants, his first impression rose. He was attracted to Abigail because of her honesty and authenticity, and felt an immediate connection with her from the moment that they first met.

“She was so authentic and real,” Matt explained to HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY. “Everything that I’m asking of the women in this experience, she did unprompted. She was open about being deaf, about her family members that were deaf, about her experience, about what to expect from her. It just was flowing out of her and we just vibed. It just felt real. It felt comfortable, and in a situation that was uncomfortable, to have that type of feeling with somebody just made sense. I wanted her to know that that’s how I felt about her and the best way to do that was to give her the rose.”

Matt James meets Abigail Heringer on night one of ‘The Bachelor.’ (ABC)

Abigail was admittedly nervous to open up about being deaf upon first meeting Matt, but she knew she had to address it as soon as possible. When she stepped out of the limo, she took Matt’s hands and told him, “There’s something a little bit different about me. I’m deaf. So I’m going to be reading your lips a lot tonight, but thankfully you have really beautiful lips.” Matt was totally at ease with the confession, and he assured Abigail that he would “enunciate” for her as much as possible. When she walked away, he muttered, “She is gorgeous,” under his breath.

During the cocktail party, Matt and Abigail had another chance to talk and catch up. “I wasn’t expecting to be that nervous, to be honest,” Abigail told Matt. “I feel like for the last few months all I’ve been hearing is, ‘Matt, Matt Matt!’ I was like….he’s a God or something!” Matt was definitely nervous around Abigail too, and told her that he wanted her to feel comfortable with him.

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Abigail Heringer on season 25 of ‘The Bachelor.’ (ABC)

Abigail was super excited that Matt remembered the story she told him about her hearing when they first met, and he wanted to know even more during their next conversation. “You said that your sister had gone through something similar and you’re very close?” he asked. Abigail explained that her older sister is also deaf, and helped “pave the way” for her to be open about being hard of hearing herself.

“To be honest with you, once I heard your name….I, like, went blank,” Matt admitted to Abigail. She said that she felt the same way and couldn’t even “remember anything else [she] said.” Matt added, “I tried, but you were gorgeous and it was hard to focus on anything else!” The chemistry was definitely there between them, and they sealed the deal with a kiss. “I was stressing out about my time with Matt, but he’s just so easy to talk to and he took it to a whole other level,” Abigail gushed. “I love it. I’m so giddy about it.”

She had even more reason to be excited when he returned to the room with the first impression rose. “One thing I challenged the women with was being vulnerable and I felt like you were everything that I have asked of these women tonight,” Matt told Abigail. “Knowing you’re a fighter, it was only appropriate that I ask you something — will you accept this rose?”

Of course, Abigail did. “I’m on cloud nine right now,” she said in a confessional. “The fact that he sees potential in me is just….it makes me really excited. I’m super excited to hopefully keep it going and learn more about each other.”

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First Lady Fashions: See Iconic Looks From Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Jackie O, & Now, Dr. Jill Biden

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Dr. Jill Biden becomes first lady today, Jan. 20. And with that, she joins a league of fashionable FLOTUSes like Michelle Obama and Jackie Kennedy. See their most stunning outfits of all time.

Their influence in the White House rivals their husbands. And while they’re in office, first ladies take the opportunity to wear remarkable fashion with the world as their stage. Whether it’s glorious gowns (Michelle Obama), smart suits (Hillary Clinton), or pretty pumps (Jacqueline Kennedy), each FLOTUS has had their signature look. Now, Dr. Jill Biden joins their ranks.

Michelle Obama stuns in a red gown at a ball during husband Barack Obama’s second inauguration, 1/21/13 (AP)

There’s a reason she was called “The First Lady of Fashion.” Whatever she wears, Michelle kills it. During her eight years in the White House and in the years since, “Miche,” as husband Barack Obama calls her, changed up her style several times. Whether it’s athleisure, sleek leather looks, or subdued sheath dresses, her outfits were (and are) almost all winners. Just look at this red gown she wore to her husband’s second inauguration!

The nation let out a collective gasp when Michelle arrived at the inaugural ball following Barack’s 2013 swearing-in ceremony in a ruby red chiffon gown with velvet detailing and a halter neck. She paired the Jason Wu creation with sparkly bangles and those bangs. President Obama joked at the time that Michelle’s new hairdo was “the most significant event of his second inauguration.”

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Dr. Jill Biden rocks a bright floral dress while campaigning for husband Joe Biden, 10/5/20 (mpi04/ MediaPunch/ MediaPunch/ IPx)

Dr. Biden isn’t known for her fashion prowess, but she’s never seen without a stylish outfit. The former second lady — now incoming first lady — loves a coordinating skirt suit or figure-hugging dress fit for the office. Jill turned heads at the October 23, 2020 presidential debate when she arrived in a floral Dolce & Gabbana dress to support her husband. She light blue cocktail dress with nude Jimmy Choo pumps and pearls. But what got people talking was her protective face mask. It was made out of the same fabric as her D&G outfit. How chic is that?

To see more first lady fashions from Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Dr. Jill Biden, and the iconic, late Jacqueline Kennedy, scroll through our gallery above. The history of high fashion in the East Wing is unparalleled in this country.

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Dolly Parton Then & Now: See The Country Star’s Transformation Through The Years On 75th Birthday

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In honor of Dolly Parton’s 75th birthday on Jan. 19, we’re taking a look back at photos of the legendary country singer throughout the entirety her extraordinary career.

Happy birthday to the one and only, Dolly Parton! The country superstar turns 75 on Jan. 19, which is the perfect opportunity to celebrate her illustrious career and how she’s changed the face of country music over the years. Dolly epically climbed the music ladder by starting out as a girl who came from nothing and transforming into a record-breaking artist, who undoubtedly paved the way for other females in the genre.

Dolly Parton looking beautiful with a big smile.. (Everrett Collection)

Dolly released her debut studio album, Hello Dolly, in 1967 and it brought her two top 40 hits, including “Dumb Blonde”, which talked about how despite the spunky artist’s light-colored locks, she was “nobody’s fool”. In addition to releasing more solo albums throughout the 1970s and 1980s, she released a series of duet albums with Porter Wagoner and stayed on the charts. Although her albums didn’t do as well in the 1990s, she climbed the musical ladder again when she reached success in the new millennium and has continued to release records on independent labels as well as her own record label, Dolly Records.

Throughout Dolly’s tremendous career, which includes having 25 songs reach the number one spot on the Billboard country music charts, she has not only transformed herself musically, but also fashionably. The beautiful starlet has shared various looks with various hairstyles and outfits during her epic performances, music videos, and appearances, and has become an icon to women of all ages. From high wigs that she confessed were “heavy” in a 2019 Instagram post and big jewelry, to straighter hair and casual clothing items like leather jackets, this lady sure knows how to rock just about any style!

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Dolly Parton, seen here during a previous appearance, released her debut album in 1967. (MEGA)

Her gorgeous voice and impressive guitar playing are also things about Dolly that people everywhere know and love, and she hasn’t wavered despite being three months away from her 75th birthday! On Apr. 8, she wowed music fans with a rendition of her dear friend and sometimes musical partner, Kenny Rogers‘ song “Sweet Music Man”. The performance was part of CMT GIANTS Kenny Rogers: A Benefit For MusiCares, which honored the legend after he passed away at the age of 81 in March, and Dolly’s appearance was one of the most heart-stopping of the entire special.

Whether she’s singing her heart out or posing on a red carpet with her brightest smile, Dolly has never failed to amaze people throughout her years in the spotlight. Click through the gallery above to relive more of the most epic moments from her career.



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Rachel Uchitel Reveals Moment Tiger Woods’ Ex-Wife Confronted Her Over Their Affair: ‘I Knew It Was You’

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In the final part of HBO’s ‘Tiger,’ the golfer’s former mistress remembers what his wife Elin Nordegren told her on the phone after discovering their affair.

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Rachel Uchitel has finally revealed what happened on the night that shocked the sporting world in the second and final part of HBO’s Tiger docuseries. In the Jan. 17 episode, Tiger Woods’ 45-year-old former mistress described what happened on Thanksgiving night 2009 when the golfer’s then wife, Elin Nordegren, discovered that the tabloid rumor about their affair was true.

Rachel admitted that, just days before, she and her lover “did everything to try and stop” a National Enquirer story exposing their secret romance. One of the tabloid’s reporters had spotted her going to visit Tiger’s room in a Melbourne hotel during the Australian Masters and – despite the couple’s best efforts – the magazine insisted on publishing the article.

Rachel Uchitel has broken her silence about her affair with Tiger Woods. (AP)

At the time the secretly philandering golfer had a golden boy image. The father-of-two conspired with his mistress to convince Elin that there was no truth to the story. He even put the two women on the phone with each other, according to the documentary.

“We had an extensive, 30-minute conversation, Elin and I, convincing her that I was not having a sexual relationship with Tiger,” Rachel said. “We talked about how I knew Tiger, how I knew his friends, how and why I was in Australia.”

Elin appeared to believe Rachel and Tiger and, two days later, Rachel said she and the golfer wished each other a Happy Thanksgiving, relieved that they had gotten away with it.

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Tiger Woods with his ex-wife Elin Nordegren before they split after his secret affairs became public knowledge. (AP)

“Between this stupid story and the phone call with Elin I remember thinking, oh my God, we’re going to slide right over this,” she said. “Two days later it was Thanksgiving. Tiger and I texted throughout the day, saying that we had a lot to be grateful for. We had gotten away unscathed in what could have been a complete nightmare.”

In fact, that night Rachel said Tiger sent her a text message saying, “You were the only one I ever loved.” “I remember just feeling that things had never been better between us and then he told me that he was taking an Ambien and going to sleep,” she said.

But then the night took a dramatic turn. “When I got another text from him, I was kind of surprised,” she said. “What came through was something like, ‘When am I gonna see you again?’ And then the phone rang. I answered saying something like, ‘Hey babe, I thought you went to sleep.’ And, instead of Tiger’s voice, it was Elin. And she said, ‘I knew it was you.’”

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‘Tiger’ – HBO’s two-part docuseries – concludes on Jan. 17. (Courtesy of HBO)

That night would become infamous after Tiger crashed his car into a fire hydrant near his Florida home and reports swirled that a marital bust-up had been the cause, with Elin using a golf club to smash his car window.

Tiger’s life spiraled out of control. He went into rehab for sex addiction, divorced Elin and became the butt of talk show comedians after numerous women came out of the woodwork, alleging they were his mistress too.

Rachel, who maintained her silence for more than a decade until this HBO documentary, was targeted by the paparazzi. “This story was so huge, this was the end of my life as I knew it,” she said. The two-part documentary, Tiger, is available on HBO and on the streaming service, HBO Max.

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