Sporty spice alert! Michelle Young is looking for love as the Bachelorette after joining the competition for Matt James’ heart during January 25 episode of the ABC series.
The former football player kicked off his journey with more than 30 women during the January 4 premiere. After a handful of rose ceremonies — and one self-elimination — Matt met five additional contestants: Michelle, Brittany Galvin, Catalina Morales, Kim Li and Ryan Claytor.
“It’s just such a great group of women, like, women that you would never think would be single,” Matt gushed exclusively to Us Weekly about his cast ahead of the premiere. “That’s why I was so skeptical coming in, because it’s, like, you don’t think the type of women exists that I was interacting with and that were part of this experience. So it made my life and decision-making that much more difficult because you’re having to send home an incredible amount at times because there’s so many of them.”
Matt previously gave Bachelorette alums Mike Johnson and Bryan Abasolo more insight into his dating history.
“People for some reason think I don’t like Black women. The last women I’ve dated have all been Black women. I don’t understand why that’s so hard for people to understand. People should want you to be happy, regardless of if they’re white, they’re Black, they’re Asian, whatever,” Matt, who is biracial, explained on the “Talking It Out with Mike & Bryan” podcast on January 18. “I’ve dated all across the board. Spanish women, white women, Asian women, Black women. Everything that I’ve ever dated and what I’m into isn’t race-specific, and when you’re looking for things that aren’t race-specific, you have to have a broad cast of characters to fill all those things, and thank goodness they had it, because it allowed me to enjoy the process the way that I did.”
Michelle ended up as one of Matt’s finalists, but he sent her home during the March finale and gave his final rose to Rachael Kirkconnell.
ABC announced that same month that Katie Thurston would be the season 17 Bachelorette, but Michelle would get a chance to hand out the roses for season 18.
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