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You might recognize Frank Neuschaefer as the dorky-cute contestant vying for Ali Fedotowsky‘s affection on The Bachelorette, but Chicago resident Danya Proud knows him as her longtime friend — one she can always count on to show up to her birthday party and make her laugh.
“He is a very genuine, honest person who I would call a very loyal friend,” Danya (in the photo to the left) tells Crushable. “What you see is what you get.”
On Monday’s episode, set in Iceland, it was extremely clear that Ali was falling for Frank, who expressed insecurities about sharing her with the other guys on the show. (Frank, get a clue! She likes YOU.) So Ali gave him puppy-dog eyes and advised him to stay in the game and show her some love.
Meanwhile, rumors continue to swirl that Frank leaves Ali during the finals in Tahiti to rekindle the flame with his Chicago-based love, Nicole. Spoiler Alert: If you’d rather wait until after the Bachelorette finale to know Frank’s current relationship status, read no further!
Danya saw Frank with Nicole at a Halloween party last year. “As far as I know, they’re still together,” she says of Frank and Nicole.
Danya says, “He thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and is taking it for what it is.” At the moment, she says, he’s been taking it easy in Chicago and is “kind of sick of watching himself on TV.”
Truth be told, was he genuine about his feelings for Ali?
“He was doing it for the right reasons,” says Danya. “He’s been in several long-term relationships, he’s not just jumping from one girl to the next.”
She says she can count on the former finance professional-turned-aspiring screenwriter to show up for her birthday party every year. “He’s the life and soul of the party. … He’s always there. When he says he’s gonna do something, he always shows up.”
Some other facts about Frank: He’s a practical joker who loves Halloween (one year he was a rabbit and his girlfriend was a carrot); he’s a natural-born ladies’ man (“It’s always been that way,” says Danya. “He definitely gets his fair share of girls); and contrary to his image on the show, he does NOT have four eyes!
“I’ve never seen him in glasses before,” Danya says, adding that perhaps producers asked him to wear them.
Frank worked as a retail manager at an Abercrombie & Fitch to make some money after leaving his cushy finance gig; after a months-long trip to Europe, he decided there was “more to life than just sitting at home,” Danya says.
“He’s got big ambitions, big dreams,” she adds.