When we first met Tenley, she was a contestant on the Bachelor with Jake Pavelka. She had quite a beautiful journey with Jake, but became the runner-up to Vienna Girardi. Tenley presented as a beautiful woman, both inside and out. She was somewhat shy, but gradually opened up more as the season progressed. She was visibly upset when Jake did not chose her. But she went on to meet various men and women from the Bachelor / Bachelorette Franchise. She met Kiptyn Locke and they started dating. Then they both appeared on the first "Bachelor Pad." During this time, Kiptyn wanted to keep their relationship quiet, so as not to put a target on their backs. At times, this was upsetting for Tenley but she went along with it.
When it was time to "couple up" on the pad, they did and were runners-up. They continued to date and they are now engaged.
Tenley has had a very interesting life and is a woman of many talents. When she was on "Bachelor Pad," she was living in Huntington Beach, California, and she was 25 years old. She worked in college admissions.
Today, she considers herself a TV personality, host, spokesperson, model, actress, and dancer. Being on reality TV really gave her exposure and has launched her into a very fulfilling life.
As dancer, she moved to Los Angeles in 2002 and auditioned for Walt Disney Productions. For the next 6 years she performed all over the world for Disney productions. In Tokyo, she played the role of Ariel in the "Little Mermaid." She felt all of her travels were a dream come true.
She returned to the United States and planned on attending college. She married her first husband in 2009 and after 15 months, they divorced. I remember how difficult it was for her tell Jake about it. Jake was very supportive and it seemed to give Tenley a huge relief to have that over with and not be judged.
From her web site she says the following:
"For Tenley, now the spokesperson for Live Love (www.whatislivelove.com), a non-profit devoted to teaching that love is an action, “The Bachelor” and “Bachelor Pad” opened her eyes to new possibilities and reawakened her dream of being an entertainer. “That desire, that passion to express myself through the arts, has always been inside me. That’s where my heart is—to share my story and my gifts, to be a voice of hope and love. To shine a little light into a dark world.”
She truly is beautiful inside and outside and is helping many others to achieve their potential. I am glad to know you, Tenley.