Bachelorette Tayshia Adams Explains Why She Chose Brendan for Her One-on-One: 'He Caught My Eye'
The Bachelor in Paradise alum recently took over as the lead on The Bachelorette
Tayshia, 30, discussed her one-on-one date with Brendan during a conversation with former Bachelorette leads Rachel Lindsay and Becca Kufrin on this week's episode of the Click Bait with Bachelor Nation podcast.
On the date, they rode horses and kissed in the pool, prompting Tayshia to declare, "I am ready to go home with this man. I am telling you right now, Brendan is everything."
On Click Bait, Tayshia explained that she chose him for the one-on-one because he "caught my eye night one." In addition to his eye-catching looks, the two were able to connect over the fact that they have both been divorced.
"We had a long discussion about being married and being divorced — it was the first time that I've had a conversation with a man that could truly relate to me, understood where my heart and my head has been," Tayshia said.
She continued, "I just remember sitting there and having him tell me exactly how he was feeling, how he dealt with it and what that meant for him. I swear to you, he was speaking the words that were like, everything I've ever felt. So we connected very deeply, very quickly."
"But also, he's like, super hot [and] he's a really good kisser," she added, laughing. "I just had fun with him and honestly, it was just a lighthearted, fun date."
The reality star, who is Black and Mexican, also recently opened up to Variety about what being the second Bachelorette of color means to her, following Rachel Lindsay, who became the first-ever Black Bachelorette in 2017.
"I just love that I have the opportunity to be a voice for girls that look like me [and] identify with me that I didn't have growing up," she said. "Everyone deserves love, no matter who you are, and I'm so happy that I have the journey as The Bachelorette to be a representative of that."
She also acknowledged the importance of representation given Kamala Harris' election as the first woman vice president, as well as the first Black or Asian person to hold the office.
"It's an iconic time," she said. "I feel like this is all supposed to be happening when it's supposed to be happening. I feel so blessed, and I know that I have millions of eyes watching, and the fact that I am able to have the opportunity to represent a lot of women is amazing."
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She went on to describe how she first found out that she would potentially be swapped in as the Bachelorette lead, with Clare Crawley dropping out mid-season after getting engaged to contestant Dale Moss.
"I got a phone call that it was moving in a direction that she was able to find her person, and that if it was possible for her and [Dale] to get engaged, then it was an opportunity for me," she recalled. "Nothing was guaranteed, though. It was definitely shared to me that, 'If it does move this way, then we would love for you to come.' If not, then I'm not sure what would have happened."
"I feel like I can actually breathe," she added. "It's been something that has been so exciting that I've been wanting to obviously share and I'm asked about it constantly, and I had to just continue to play coy, but it's so great to be able to say that I'm the Bachelorette!"
The Bachelorette airs Tuesdays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.