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'The Bachelorette' contestant Eric Bigger opens up about Baltimore upbringing before hometown date

“The Bachelorette” is coming to Baltimore.

On Monday night’s episode of the ABC dating show, contestant Eric Bigger opened up about his Baltimore upbringing to bachelorette Rachel Lindsay. She ultimately picked Bigger as one of the final four men vying for her heart, meaning the two will visit his hometown in next week’s episode

In a one-on-one discussion with Lindsay, Bigger talked about his tough childhood. Bigger said Baltimore is a “very challenging city” and he grew up uneasy, watching family members get high and friends die. The men in his life “were in the streets,” he said, dealing drugs and committing crimes.

Bigger, 29, also revealed to Lindsay that he’d never brought a woman home to meet his family before.

Lindsay ultimately chose Bigger to advance to the “hometowns” stage of the competition, when contestants bring the bachelorette to see the place where they grew up. In a preview montage for the remainder of the season, Bigger and Lindsay can be seen sitting on a basketball court, but the episode reveals no other clues about the couples’ visit to Charm City.

Bigger, a personal trainer, apparently recently visited Baltimore — on Friday he posted a picture on Instagram of himself and Ravens running back Terrance West at the Under Armour Performance Center on Hull Street.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BWQrngXDlua/

Bigger and Lindsay’s visit to Baltimore will air during the next episode of “The Bachelorette,” at 8 p.m. July 17 on ABC.

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