The Bachelor Tim Warmels Interview On His Ideal Woman And Online Dating
There’s a new man in town for The Bachelor Canada. Tim Warmels is a Toronto entrepreneur who started on Bay street and decided to carve his own path in life. Now, he’s looking for the love of his life. Real Style spoke to him about what’s important in a relationship and his experience with online dating.
How did you get to be The Bachelor?
Tim Warmels: It was an opportunity I was very fortunate to be presented with and when you’re presented with the opportunity, you think, Okay, I’m 28, I’m single and I can either keep doing the same thing that I’ve been doing for the last six years. Or for the next two months I can try something completely different. At that point it kind of became a no brainer for me.
Did you go on any really fun dates while filming The Bachelor?
Tim Warmels: You’re going to have to watch to find out, but there were a few things that were on my bucket list that I got to cross off.
What are you looking for in a woman?
Tim Warmels: That’s a really tough question to answer because I found that when I’ve said I need someone who’s adventurous, I need someone who’s confident, I need somebody who’s this or that, I find it pigeonholes myself and I find that I’m always surprised at what I’m attracted to. It serves me far better to keep an open mind about those things. The person just needs to be happy with who they are and where they are and the path that they are on in life. And if they’re happy with that, you’re not necessarily going to be a perfect person, no one’s perfect, I’m not perfect, but if you’re happy with the path you’re on in life, that’s what counts.
How do you know when you’ve found the one?
Tim Warmels: That’s a very gut feeling thing. I think one day you just wake up and you think to yourself “This is a good thing that I don’t want to have end at any point.” My relationships before this are what really taught me that I really am ready for something for the rest of my life. They were happy relationships and for that period of time in my life, they were very comfortable and very loving and very happy relationships, so it was hard to leave them. But it was because I knew that down the road there was something missing from it that wouldn’t leave me satisfied.
How did your parents influence you perspective on love?
Tim Warmels: My life was very traditional. My mom is a principal at an elementary school. They’ve really been my guide to my values in a relationship and they’ve just been such a good example of an amazing relationship and a devoted relationship. That’s not to say that all times were amazing, but it’s seeing how your parents work through the tough times that is amazing. As a kid, you think everything’s happy-go-lucky and then you see that it takes real devotion to keep a relationship going and keep it loving. That was my biggest realization as I grew up.
You grew up on a ranch, so will your future wife have to be outdoorsy?
Tim Warmels: It’s very difficult for me to say. For example, my mom, she hated camping when she met my dad apparently. But I grew up camping every summer with my mom and my dad and she apparently grew to like and enjoy it. So it’s one of those things where those particulars don’t matter. They carry so little weight for me.
So what are the key factors that you need in a relationship?
Tim Warmels: I’ve learned that you can’t pick the particulars out. Online dating is ridiculous when they ask “What are your interests, etc.?” Those things are, I’ve found personally, so meaningless as to predicting whether people are going to like each other. It’s sitting down, having a drink or a cup of coffee and just seeing whether you enjoy the experience with that person.
So you were an online dater. What was that like?
Tim Warmels: Yep, don’t be surprised The Bachelor was an online dater. My last relationship came from online dating and I don’t have anything against it at all. Frankly, I’m usually the one who’s in the room when someone’s like “I was thinking of online dating but it’s so crazy,” and I’m always the one like “Sit down, we’re going to talk about this. I’m going to tell you how to do it so you’re not wasting your time.” I’ve done it. It wasn’t half bad at all. It’s the way in which you do it that matters most. Most people are wasting their time.
What are your tips for anyone else looking for love online?
Tim Warmels: (Laughs) Meet them in real life as soon as possible if you’re online dating. Just go for a 15-minute coffee or a single drink. Don’t go for dinner right off the bat. And see if you like it. It’s so easy to tell in real life. So if you’re online dating, don’t be scared, meet in a public place and meet them as soon as possible.
The Bachelor Canada has a special two-hour premiere tonight at 8 p.m. on CityTV.
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