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‘Bringing up Bates’ star Lawson Bates is safe after being involved in a car accident on Thursday.
Bates, who grew up on the reality TV show “Bringing up Bates,” destroyed the car while driving to pick up his fiancée Tiffany Espensen, the star’s rep told Fox News Digital.
“At 5:30 p.m. on Thursday April 21st I was in Knoxville, TN driving to pick up my fiancée, Tiffany, from her wedding hair and makeup trial. Unexpectedly a car turning left on the main freeway slammed into my side passenger,” Bates said in a statement. “I’m so grateful I haven’t taken her yet, because that would have been her seat.
“Life can change so quickly, and I was quickly reminded of that,” he added. “Although the car is completely destroyed, I’m very grateful to be okay, and relieved that the other driver is okay too. Absolutely grateful for God’s protection today!”
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Bates proposed to Espensen in October. The two started dating in February 2021.
“Getting to know Tiffany – her heart, her passions and her dreams – has been the greatest joy of my life, and we’ve created so many wonderful memories together over the past year,” Bates told People magazine at the time.
“It’s been a rollercoaster of a few days so far, from our first stop at the Colosseum in Rome, to a Vespa ride through the Siena countryside, to a lovely evening dinner in San Gimignano, to a horse and carriage rides through Florence – all leading up to the main reason I’m here: to ask Tiffany if she’d spend the rest of her life by my side,” he added.
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The reality show Bates grew up on was recently canceled after 10 seasons.
“We will not make the first ‘Bring Season 11 of Bates to UPtv as planned as we will focus our programming in 2022 on movies and a new scripted series to be announced shortly,” UPtv said in a statement.
“When we created ‘Bringing Up Bates’, the series focused on the parents of 19 teenage children and young children. The cameras were there to capture the love, the laughs and the big moments in life as the family continued to grow up in. Thanks to Gil and Kelly Jo Bates for welcoming viewers into your family home for the past ten seasons.
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“Thank you to the fans who tuned in every Thursday night to be part of the journey. We look forward to continuing to elevate you with our programming in the future,” the statement concluded.
The show featured the Bates family, including parents Gil and Kelly, who raised their 19 children: Zach, Michaela, Katie, Erin, Lawson, Carlin, Nathan, Alyssa, Tori, Trace, Josie, Jackson, Warden , Isaiah, Addallee, Ellie, Callie-Anna, Judson and Jeb.
Besides the reality show, Bates recently released his first musical project, “American Dream.” The album is available on most streaming services.
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