And the next Bachelorette is…. Rachel Lindsay!
We couldn’t be more stoked! Not only is Rachel crazy smart, super sweet, and totally genuine, but she’s also making Bachelor history by becoming the first black lead ever. We know, it sounds crazy that after all these years they’ve never had a person of color as the Bachelor or Bachelorette, but better late than never!
Although we have to admit, we were a bit bummed that The Bachelor totally spoiled it’s own show! We mean, Rachel hasn’t even gotten kicked off the show yet — way to ruin things! Rude.
But now that we know, we couldn’t be happier for Rach. As we gear up for the new season, here’s everything you need to know about her.
- She’s a smart-pants.
The lawyer from Texas went to undergrad at the University of Texas before moving on the law school at Marquette. She promptly passed the bar (on her first try!) and now practices in Dallas with a specialty in insurance law.
- She loves herself some Justin Bieber.
On The Bachelor questionnaire she confessed to listening to J Biebs’ music on the reg, as well as 90s country music.
- She initially thought The Bachelorette offer was a joke.
During her bug reveal on Jimmy Kimmel, she admitted,
“It wasn’t that long before I got off the show that I was approached. But I honestly thought they were doing it just to make me feel better from the heartbreak. And then, as it kept going, I actually realized they were serious about this thing.”
- The former Bachelors LOVE her.
A few tweets of support from former Bachelors and Bachelorettes include:
If the rumors are true, congrats to Rachel on becoming the next Bachelorette. Black, white, whatever- she deserves it. #TheBachelorette
— Sean Lowe (@SeanLowe09) February 14, 2017
— JoJo Fletcher (@JoelleFletcher) February 14, 2017
My heart is full of joy for you Rachel. Congrats!! You will be one hell of a Bachelorette!! Beauty & class.. you have it all!! TheBachelor
— Nick Viall (@viallnicholas28) February 14, 2017
- She’s still besties with her fellow Bachelor housemates.
Since leaving the mansion, Rachel has been spotted hanging out with Whitney and Sarah V., among others, in the real world. We love a girl who can play well with others! A girls’ girl is what it’s all about!
- She wants a family ASAP.
Talking with Kimmel she explained,
“I’m looking for someone who’s ready for what I’m ready for. At this point in my life, at 31, I’m ready to find a husband, someone who’s ready to start a family. Someone who can make me laugh [and has] a great smile.”
- She’s a bit nervous for the pressure that comes with being The Bachelorette.
She told ET,
“I tell Nick all the time, I’m like, ‘How are you doing, because I cannot imagine what it must be like to be able to compartmentalize every relationship with the women in this house. I can only imagine how hard that is and also to balance all the emotions that we have in this house.”
We can’t wait for Rachel to start her “journey” to find love! We’re rooting for you, girl!