Gardens Christian rapper, TV bachelor finally merges with his match


Four years ago, Eddy “Rawsrvnt” Puyol was one of 12 bachelors vying for the heart of infamous ‘The Apprentice” diva Omarosa on TV One’s “Donald J. Trump Presents: The Ultimate Merger.” He was earnest where others were flashy, positive where others were shady.

He didn’t make it past the third episode.

Fortunately, Cupid is no respecter of reality show finishes — last month, Palm Beach Gardens resident Puyol, a Christian rapper whose inspirational and danceable work has been heard everywhere from the NASCAR track to Miami Heat star Dwayne Wade’s birthday brunch, married sweetheart Chrissy Alvarez at the Borland Center in Palm Beach Gardens.

“The show helped me be aware of the fact that women desire to be loved and treated with the utmost respect,” says Puyol, now 35.

For more than a decade, he’s operated Soul Deep Ministries and has hit career heights like seeing his song “On Fire” picked as the theme for NASCAR driver Michael McDowell, and performing at the Dove Awards, which celebrates the best in Christian music.

He says that he went on “The Ultimate Merger” not only for career exposure but to be able to show the world what a gentleman looks like. He didn’t get the girl, although he and Omarosa remain in touch as friends, but he thinks it worked.

“I wasn’t an aggressive guy, trying to get in her pants,” he says. “She knew my story, knew what I was about. I wanted to treat her right, do things right.”

He put that into practice when at a family party over Easter weekend in 2011 he met Alvarez — a 33-year-old real estate agent who had been a Cardinal Newman High School hall of fame softball and basketball player. From “the minute she walked into the door I caught a glimpse of her. I went running up to my sister like ‘Who’s that?’ ”

The two started talking and soon began dating. Fast-forward to 2013, when Puyol had bought a ring and was waiting for the right time to propose. His wife’s late father, Fernando Alvarez, spent a career with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and passed away before the wedding, “but he did give me his blessing.”

The right time turned out to be April 23, two years to the day that they’d met. Both “sports junkies,” he took her to see the Jackie Robinson biopic “42,” which provided him some inspiration.

“There’s a part in the movie where he calls his girl up right after he signs with the Dodgers and says ‘I want you to marry me,’ ” he says. “His career was soaring. And it reminded me of Chrissy, seeing me at Dwayne Wade’s birthday, seeing me perform at the Dove Awards. So many monumental moments happened that she was there for.”

After the movie, Puyol took Chrissy to Palm Beach, “with the full moon glistening right over the ocean. I opened the car door and played ‘At Last,’ the first song we ever danced to,” he remembers. “As soon as the song was over, I got down on one knee on the beach.”

Their July 19 wedding, an “intimate” affair of about 130 people, combined elements of faith, hip-hop and culture, with a few rappers in the wedding party. Brother Bobby Puyol, a standout football player at Dwyer High School and current starting kicker at the University of Connecticut, was the best man.

Puyol says his new wife is amused by his former reality show fame — “She laughs and says ‘First of all, what were you thinking?’ She just chuckles and goes ‘This guy!,’” Puyol says. ” The way I was on the show was no different than the way I was with Chrissy.”



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