Nov 27, 2023 - Culture

The Golden Bachelor Gerry Turner shares his dating style and hair tips

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Gerry Turner (right) gives a rose to Leslie Fhima (left) on "The Golden Bachelor." Photo: Courtesy of ABC

Gerry Turner, the 72-year-old star of "The Golden Bachelor," will decide who he wants to spend the rest of his life with in the series' upcoming finale on Nov. 30.

Why it matters: The prime-time television show features contestants in their 60s and 70s, helping normalize dating for older adults.

Driving the news: Before the airing of the season finale, Turner chatted one-on-one with Axios Des Moines.

Q: You grew up in Iowa. Is there any Midwest influence in your dating style?

A: "All the time that I spent in Los Angeles, I heard frequently from cast members and crew, a reference to the Midwest work ethic and the positivity that people bring from the Midwest and our willingness to not give up."

  • "When you apply that to dating, it really paid a lot of dividends."

Q: What have you learned about yourself from being on the show?

A: "I've learned that I have a lot more stamina than I realized — that I can live and function on a lot less sleep than I thought I could."

  • "I think on the emotional side of it, I've learned that my feelings are a lot closer to the surface than what I realized."

Q: Do you still plan on living or staying in the Midwest?

A: My plans are pretty open. At this point, I like where I live (Indiana). I like the friends that I've developed over the last four or five years."

Q: The last thing I have to ask you — what's the secret behind your hair? How do you keep it so lush and full?

A: "I'll give you my regimen. This morning, I got in the shower. I turned on really hot water and I stood there waking up. That was the extent of washing my hair."

  • "I dried it, brushed it a number of times, put a little product in ... and that's it for the rest of the day. I don't prim or pimp around too much on it."
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