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Favorite The Bachelor contestant Ashley Salter makes huge baby announcement

The Bachelor fans, rejoice: Ashley Salter announced yesterday that she’s expecting.

This will be the first child for the The Bachelor and Bachelor in Paradise alum, she confirmed to Us Weekly. “Ashley is far along — she’s showing,” says their source.

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Even more shockingly, she met her baby daddy in a very vintage forum — he’s her high school sweetheart. Salter and Austin Brannen reconnected and were engaged a few months after she appeared on Bachelor in Paradise. Originally from Atlanta, Salter is currently a hairstylist living in Brooklyn with her fiancé, the mag reports. So… you don’t need to be on a reality show to find love.

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We’ll see Salter on our TV screens again soon. She attended the wedding of her fellow Bachelor in Paradise castmates Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert in January, which was, of course, filmed for ABC. (OK, sometimes the show does work magic.) The wedding is part of the show’s 20th anniversary special, which will reportedly include a look back at the show’s memorable first meetings and bring back fan favorite cast members. Chris Harrison, of course, is wedding officiant.

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Salter is featured on the special as a The Bachelor mom-to-be alongside former castmates Ali Fedotowsky and Erica Rose. Get ready to reminisce about the love we’ve watched bloom and, well, not bloom over the past 13(!) years of The Bachelor spinoffs, marriages, divorce and now, babies.

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