Bonner Bolton is a professional bull rider and fashion designer. He was also a contender in the 24th season of Dancing With the Stars with star colleague Sharna Burgess as a partner in the show. At the 2007 Bull Riding Championships, he was the World Champion title winner.
Bonner was born on June 1, 1987, in Odessa, Texas, the son of former rodeo cowboy sire Toya Bolton and Sally Bolton. Toya, who himself prepared Bonner for a career in professional bull riding, won the George Paul Memorial in 1991. Bonner won the Finlay-Toyota World Championship title in bull riding (CBR) in 2007 at the age of 20.
Over the course of his 14-year career, he competed in several competitions, including the 2015 Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Built Ford Tough Series World Finals, where he finished fourth. He was the only one of four professional bull riders to successfully complete an eight-second ride on the now-deceased PBR’s top bull Rango as a stunt double for Scott Eastwood in the film The Longest Ride. This is a remarkable achievement since in Rango’s entire career there were only twelve qualified rides out of seventy-five attempts. He also won the championships of Las Vegas (2011) and Hobbs (2013).
His career as a professional bull rider ended, however, due to a neck injury he sustained during a mistimed dismount at the Allstate Arena in Boston in January 2016. This left him paralyzed until after spinal surgery. Within a few months, he was back on his feet, but on the advice of his doctors, he should never return to professional bull riding.
In May 2016, after a successful operation and subsequent recovery from the temporary paralysis, PBR’s parent company Endeavor (formerly IMG) offered him a contract as a model, an offer he accepted, and continued working as a fashion model, posing for brands such as Saks Fifth Avenue, American Eagle, and Boot Barn, among others.
Bonner has a tattoo on his chest that says “Faithfulness”. According to him, this is the only word that guided him through the injuries and pain that resulted from his career and the other challenges of his life. His brother Brody was also a bull rider but later gave it up for other pursuits. Bonner was part of the cast of the 24th season of Dancing with the Stars. He and his partner at the show Sharna Burgess finished fifth.
Bonn Bolton’s popularity grew by leaps and bounds as he starred in the 24th season of Dancing with the Stars. Rumor had it that he was in a romantic relationship with his dance partner and professional ballroom dancer Sharna Burgess when the obvious chemistry between the two became apparent during performances, training sessions, and interviews.
One incident that further fuelled this rumor was a video showing how Bonn’s dancer grabbed Sharna in an intimate way. However, both denied any romance and insisted that they were both single and focused on giving their best for the show as dance partners. Nonetheless, when asked about the qualities he would like a girlfriend to have, Bonner mentioned that she was sincere and modest, and like Sharna, had a lot of drive.
Sharna, for her part, showed admiration for Bonner and alluded to the fact that she was open to the possibility of a date, but concentrated on the show for the time being. In an interview, Bonner also expressed admiration for his comrade-in-arms, the Dancing with the Stars candidate, and a member of the Fifth Harmony group Normani Kordei. He said that she “lights up the room when she works in it” and openly asked her to go on a date with him.
When asked if she would be willing to do so, Normani said that she would definitely like to “date” Bonner if she was back in Texas after the show. It remains to be seen if something happened between the two. However, Bonner was never married.
Is Bonner Bolton Gay?
A leaked selfie video of Bonner Bolton in September 2017 triggered rumors that he was gay. According to the video, he is said to have performed a naked sexual act. At the time of writing this article, he has made no public statements about this video or his sexual orientation.
Height and Body Measurements
Bonner Bolton has an impressive physique, as you would expect from a professional bull rider and dancer. He stands at a height of 5 feet 11 inches or 180 cm. His waist measurement is 31 inches and his chest measurement is 38 inches. He wears a size 38 suit and his shoe size is s 9.5.