25.01.2023 - 18:35 / usmagazine.com
There for the right reasons? Zach Shallcross reflected on getting into a sticky situation in high school — which ultimately led him to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
The 26-year-old TV personality looked back on his family life and upbringing during an appearance on the “Almost Famous” podcast with Ben Higgins and Ashley Iaconetti ahead of the season 27 Bachelor premiere.
“My parents said I was actually a pretty easy kid to raise,” he confessed, joking that he would “mostly rat” himself out if he ever got into trouble. “It wasn’t until high school that I was at a party and one of the kids decided to take a picture of our beer pyramid and send it to our math teacher. Obviously, a great idea.”
The California native attended a Catholic high school and was on track to play Division I football at California Polytechnic State University after graduation. While Shallcross’ buddy assured him the teacher who had the photo “was one of the cool ones,” they still ended up with some serious consequences.
“That next day, I was brought into the president and the principal’s office for a conversation,” he recalled. “The punishment ended up being [that] since I had a few beers at a party, I had to go to a few AA meetings. I had to meet with a priest weekly and I had my own supervisor following me around school to make sure I wouldn’t leave campus to go, I guess, get a drink. And I’m like, ‘Guys, I’m like, 17, take a break.’ … It was ridiculous.”
Fans met Shallcross during Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey‘s joint season 19 of The Bachelorette. The tech exec only had eyes for Recchia, 26, but the pair struggled to make their connection work following the fantasy suite dates.