It’s getting to be that time of year again! Season 15 of The Bachelor kicks off in less than four weeks as the hunky Brad Womack tries for his second time to find the love of his life by dating more than 20 women at once. That means it is time for our starcasm sleuths to dust off their internet magnifying glasses and compile their infamous “Bachelor Files” for the latest bunch of hottie Mrs. Womack wannabes!
First up in the Bachelor Files is the stunningly beautiful (get used to that description this season!) Chantal O’Brien from Mercer Island, Washington. Chantal gets the privilege of being first because she will be the first one out of the limo in episode one and she delivers a message to Brad from women across America:
Slapping your potential future husband the first time you meet him? They might as well skip the rest of the season and get married now!
Chantal is a graduate of the University of Washington and currently works as an assistant for her father Mike O’Brien, who used to play professional football with the Seattle Seahawks and the USFL. Due to health issues stemming from multiple concussions, Mike O’Brien moved on from professional football to pursue a career as a car salesman. Unlike his football career, he managed to achieve a great deal of success as a “car salesman” and now runs O’Brien Auto Group, one of the largest and most successful auto dealership chains on the west coast. (You can read all about Mike’s history in sports, business and philanthropy HERE.)
From the photo of her mother Billie Jo O’Brien it’s easy to see where Chantal gets her good looks! If she were single it could have been the first mother/daughter duo competing on The Bachelor! According to an older article on Mike O’Brien, Chantal was adopted, and I’m guessing that she is Billie Jo’s daughter from a previous marriage – but that is purely speculation at this point.
Although there isn’t much information about Chantal available (amazing that a beautiful 28-year-old woman and daughter of a prominent athlete and businessman is nowhere to be found online!) I did find out that she was married from 2005-2009 to Jason Vena, the former lead singer of the band Acceptance. Reality Steve mentioned the marriage in his Spoiler Post, but it took a little bit of effort to connect her to Jason.
Acceptance had a good deal of success, releasing their debut album Phantoms on Columbia Records in April of 2005. But, according to the band’s defunct Myspace page, Jason elected to leave the rock and roll lifestyle for the life of a “common man.”
You see, there comes a time in a band members life where he must choose between the abnormal life of a gypsy rock musician and the normal life of the common man. Jason, our beloved lead singer, has chosen the latter and decided to take on the yoke of the common man.
Could it be that Chantal pressured him into leaving the road and the studio to settle down? The band’s Wikipedia page says, “Jason Vena has retreated from the limelight, seemingly fulfilling his desire to lead a ‘normal’ life. He’s apparently currently working for his family’s business in Mercer Island, Washington.” Other sources on the web seem to indicate “his family’s business” is the auto dealership chain owned by Chantal’s father! Hmmmm…
UPDATE! It seems Chantal has a thing for Seattle lead singers! CLICK HERE to check out her 2000 senior prom photo from Bellevue Christian High School with another future Seattle band front man!
TABLOID UPDATE!Star magazine has an “insider” who claims Chantal’s marriage ended with a scandal! CLICK HERE for the details and see if you believe it or not. Oh, and while I’m here I’ll insert a Chantal O’Brien bikini picture from her sexy Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue photo shoot:
Sadly, that’s all I’ve got on Chantal at this point, and just about 99% of the credit goes to Bachelor/Bachelorette guru Reality Steve. Normally I’m able to take Steve’s info and add some additional helpings of 411, but Chantal O’Brien deets are scarce! If you know Chantal and would like to offer up some more info or tasteful bikini photos, drop me a line at starcasmtips (at) yahoo.com!
The Bachelor premieres on ABC Monday, January 3rd at 8/7 central!
OK, I couldn’t resist! Here’s Chantal crying from one of The Bachelor preview clips. In the scene she reveals she is getting close to Brad and it upsets her that he is is being intimate with numerous other women at the same time as her:
Check out our other Bachelor File posts on Emily Maynard, Ashley Hebert and Shawntel Newton as well as a revealing post on The Bachelor vampire Madison Garton, who has a rather extensive acting resume under the name Madison McKinley! For photos as well as very brief bios and Q&As with the other contestants be sure to check out our “Brad Bunch” post HERE!