Speak his mind! Katie thurstonthe daring entry of the limousine of season 25 of The single person quickly caught the attention of viewers – and it led to her own journey as the Season 17 Bachelorette.
The 30-year-old sparked controversy online when she pulled out her sparkling vibrator while introducing herself to Matt James on the first night of the ABC dating series, which aired earlier this year. As the season progressed, Katie became a staunch defender of bullying among fellow competitors and stood up against “Queen” Victoria Larson‘s bad behavior in the house. During a conversation with Rachel Lindsay and Becca Kufrin On the “Bachelor Happy Hour” podcast in January, Katie revealed her choice to highlight sexual positivity and female empowerment with her Bachelor Nation debut.
“It was the perfect statement for 2020,” she joked about the meme-worthy moment. “In fact, that summed me up perfectly… and I couldn’t do anything other than myself.” I knew Matt is religious, I know I don’t know him personally, so I knew it might just send me home one night. And I would have no regrets.
The West Coast native is not afraid to be “daring and adventurous” and is looking for a partner to match her energy. “Although Katie is serious about finding her person, she needs a man who can laugh with her but is okay with him laughing at her too when the moment calls for it” Official Bachelor Cast Biography, adding that “Her dream man will be passionate about building a long term life with her and will treat Katie as her equal in the relationship.
While Katie knew how to have a good time, be sure The single person was not all fun and games for the former bank manager. Fans saw her achieve an emotional breakthrough with Sarah Trott, who eventually eliminated herself from the competition to resume supporting her family as her father’s struggle with ALS continues. Katie then went on to defend the five new women added to the mix in the Jan. 25 episode as the original contestants spread nefarious rumors around the resort, telling Matt that some of the claims could have a serious impact on the lives of these women.
“I understand, we are entitled to our feelings,” she told her fellow guests during a group date after the new arrivals arrived. “But at the end of the day they live with us and I would hate to be on their side [with] continuous excavations. At some point, we kind of have to get over that and welcome them into the house a little bit. “
Shortly after being sent home by Matt, ABC named Katie the star for Season 17.
“I wanted it to be a safe space for everyone and allow people to express themselves whenever they want. And I mean, there’s gonna be a drama when all the guys are dating one woman, ”Katie Told Us weekly about taking on the lead role. “But I will say that there are also a lot of really endearing parts that I really hope Bachelor Nation can see because the bromance of this group of men was very strong.”
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