Bachelor stars Tayshia Adams and Arie Luyendyk Jr got $20K PPP loans meant for small businesses during pandemic

TAYSHIA Adams and Arie Luyendyk Jr are among the Bachelor Nation stars who received $20,000 through PPP loans.

Paycheck Protection Program loans are given to small business owners to help them pay employees during the coronavirus pandemic.

Independent contractors and self-employed people can get the loans – which means that technically reality stars and influencers are eligible as they list their work as Independent Artists, Writers and Performers.

Several Bachelor Nation reality stars applied for or received PPP loans of at least $10,000, fans on a Bachelor subReddit discovered.

This was backed up by records at ProPublica and's online databases.

Tayshia got a loan of $20,833 through the LLC Tayshia Adams Media in January.

The 30-year-old is currently co-hosting The Bachelorette with Kaitlyn Bristowe.

Her rep said her loan "enabled her to hire an employee (someone who was previously unemployed), to whom she offers market-based pay and benefits".

They added to E! News: "Since exhausting the PPP Loan funds, but in light of the growing economy, Tayshia has committed to retaining her employee for the foreseeable future."

Colton Underwood's non-profit organization, meanwhile, received $11,355 in April 2020.

The reality star's rep said: "Colton's nonprofit filed for the PPP loan after their annual fundraising events were cancelled due to COVID.

"None of the PPP went directly to Colton. In fact, Colton has never received any form of payment from the foundation, all of the proceeds go directly to people living cystic fibrosis."

Arie Luyendyk Jr and his wife Lauren Burnham – who bought a vacation home in Hawaii this year – collected a PPP loan of $20,830 in June last year through the LCC "Instagram Husband".

Bachelor In Paradise alum Evan Bass obtained $20,832 in April 2020 for his physician's practice.

Clare Crawley's boyfriend Dale Moss applied for a loan of $20,833, but records indicate that the fund was not disbursed.

Bachelor Nation stars weren't the only ones to use government loans during the pandemic.

Kanye West and Khloe Kardashian's companies were among those that received millions of dollars in the coronavirus bailout program.

Kanye received up to $5million in July 2020 to support his company Yeezy – helping him save 160 jobs.

Khloe also received a loan of up to $2million to help maintain her denim brand Good American.

Meanwhile, Little People, Big World star Matt Roloff kept his famous farm running during the pandemic with the help of a $205k government loan.

Savvy dad-of-four Matt, 59, successfully kept his 110-acre Roloff Farms operating over the past year.

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