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Before he began his quest for love on The Bachelor, Brad Womack was an animal-loving Southern boy who sometimes played dress-up with his twin brother, Chad -- and only has the exclusive pics.

Now 38 and in love, Womack -- who proposed to Emily Maynard on the March 14 Bachelor finale -- has stayed true to his Southern roots. He co-owns four Texas bars with Chad and his brother Wes: The Chuggin' Monkey, Molotov Lounge, The Dogwood and The Dizzy Rooster.

"My two brothers also happen to be my very best friends," Womack tells Us. "I'm very lucky to be able to say that."

To see more exclusive photos from Womack's childhood, click here.