Michael Allio really bonded with Danielle Maltby in Season 8 of Bachelor in Paradise. The two bonded over the loss, having each tragically lost a significant other in the past.
Allio’s wife Laura Ritter-Allio died in 2019 after a battle with breast cancer. She was first diagnosed at the age of 32 – when her and Allio’s son was just 7 months old.
Maltby’s then-fiancé, Nick Haag, died in 2011. “I was engaged and five and a half years ago he died. He overdosed on drugs and I found him. I didn’t know he was addicted, so it was a complete shock,” she said on an episode of The Bachelor, according to Newsweek.
Allio and Maltby knew each other before traveling to Mexico but spent quite a bit of time talking and eventually fell in love. Although their time on the show didn’t end with an engagement, the two are still together — and things seem to be going very well. In fact, Allio introduced his son to Maltby and they all spent the holidays together.
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After Paradise ended, Maltby decided that she would move to Ohio to be closer to Allio so they could give their relationship a real chance. Although the two aren’t moving in together, they’re excited to soon be living in the same state.
“I am so excited that Dani is moving here. I think our schedule is in the next two or three months. She needs to organize some things in Nashville and find a job and an apartment here in Ohio. We’re not moving in together yet; She’ll have a separate seat,” Allio said during a Q&A on his Instagram Stories in December 2022, according to Bachelor Nation.
And while many people might have just assumed Allio introduced his son James to his new girlfriend, he confirmed it in an Instagram video he and Maltby both shared on Jan. 15, 2023.
“I’m in the clouds and never want to come down,” he captioned the post. It starred Maltby on various outings with James, including a trip to Disney on Ice.
Allio doesn’t introduce his son to all the women he dates and really did his best to make James a priority in his life. However, things are definitely serious enough with Maltby that Allio wanted to blend his two worlds together, which fans really loved.
“I love that!!! I love watching Danielle bond with James. You are all the cutest!!” One person commented on Allio’s last post.
“Omg I’m not crying as a young widow I hope to find this. GOD BLESS YOU,” added another.
While this probably wasn’t the first time Maltby met James, it is the first time Allio shared them all together on social media. Maltby is gradually getting to know her boyfriend’s son and seems genuinely excited to be a part of his life.
“I can’t wait to spend Christmas with Michael and James,” she said in an interview with Bachelor Nation ahead of the 2022 holidays.
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