Rachel Lindsay is making history by being the first African-American woman cast in the lead on The Bachelorette. Actually, an African-American man has never had the lead on The Bachelor either. Now, TV.com shared that Rachel Lindsay is speaking out about if the race of the guy helped her to make her decision. She had a great mix of guys on this season, and Rachel hasn’t been shy about the fact that she is engaged. She found love on the show, but she can’t share who it is just yet.
Rachel spoke to the Hollywood Reporter and didn’t hold back at all. She admits she felt some pressure from her family and other people to pick based on race, but she didn’t do that at all. She is a woman with a mind of her own. Rachel revealed what she decided to do about this big decision.
“I’m the one who has to love and spend the rest of my life with this person, if I’m lucky to find that one. I couldn’t get caught up in picking a certain man to please a certain community. Race didn’t play in as a factor when it came to choosing men along the way. In my final decision, I just went with my heart and the person I found my forever with.”
The spoilers are out already about who Rachel Lindsay picks at the end of this season and that she does find love. Rachel has a great group of guys to pick from on this season, but only one will make it to the end. Of course, some of these guys are going to end up being on Bachelor in Paradise later this summer, so you will want to pay attention to them.
The Hollywood Reporter revealed that she also shared that a lot more men of color will make it further this season than they have in the past. Rachel also admits that she is a bit of a skeptic, but being on Nick’s season of the show and then her own, she has totally changed her mind and is now a believer in the process. Rachel found love on this show and so did Nick. He is still with his fiance Vanessa Grimaldi after doing Dancing With the Stars.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will be on the episode tonight and he actually shared his thoughts after being on the show as well. He had concerns that sometimes men or women of color don’t make it as far on the show, but this won’t be happening this season. Things are going to go totally different. Rachel shared her thoughts on this concern.
“I think that everyone, and I could be guilty of it, too, doesn’t really know how this show goes until you’re actually in it. You just assume that it’s a typical reality TV show, but once you’re in it, it’s real. I can’t say that my time on the show combats that. It’s just who I was developing connections with, and I wasn’t paying attention to a race, career or an age. It was just what I was feeling with them.”
Rachel Lindsay had a very diverse cast, and it will be interesting to see the guys who she keeps around. So far, it is obvious that Rachel isn’t picking anyone based on their race. It sounds like this worked for her since she ended up engaged.
Are you surprised to hear that Rachel Lindsay didn’t let race affect who she picked? Do you feel like this was the best way to do it? Sound off in the comments section below, and don’t miss new episodes of The Bachelorette on Monday nights on ABC.
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