Making her mark! Katie Thurston was officially announced as the season 17 Bachelorette following her brief stint on Matt James‘ season of The Bachelor. The 30-year-old fan favorite will be the leading lady when the new season premieres on June 7, 2021, while fellow contestant Michelle Young will get her own season in fall 2021. Katie will have 30 hunks to choose from on the show’s first episode, cutting the number down to 23 men receiving roses by the end of the evening’s premiere. She will also get some valuable time with her mentors — former Bachelorettes Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams — during her first evening as to what to expect in her new role.
To learn more about Katie, including her job, hometown and history with the franchise, keep reading!
Katie Thurston worked at a bank:
Before leaving her native Washington to compete on season 25 of The Bachelor, Katie worked as a bank marketing manager. From the sound of it, she was pretty serious about her job, too. Katie’s Bachelor bio said she’s “looking for a mature man who has ambitions to succeed in everything he does, both personally and professionally.” Here’s hoping her upcoming contestants fit the bill!
Katie Thurston went viral on TikTok:
In May 2020, Katie briefly became a star on the video-sharing app after uploading a “story time” in which she recalled a pretty embarrassing moment from two years ago. “Hang with me if you want to hear about how I s–t myself at work,” Katie told followers before explaining what happened after drinking an iced coffee while on the Keto Diet.
Katie Thurston lost her father in 2012:
During a candid conversation with fellow contestant Sarah Trott — who revealed that her dad suffers from ALS — during the January 18 episode of The Bachelor, Katie revealed that her father died nine years ago.
The women shared a heartfelt moment in which Katie encouraged Sarah to do what was best for her, even if it meant leaving the show. “I understand that more than I would like to,” she said when Sarah expressed regret about leaving her family. “I missed out on my goodbye to my dad. I would never want that for you.”
Katie has not offered any further details about her father’s death.
Katie Thurston is ‘serious’ about finding love:
In her official Bachelor biography, Katie said she’s “the most loving and committed partner anyone could ask for.” The brunette beauty, who was eliminated from The Bachelor in Week 6, “needs a man who can laugh along with her” but also wants someone who can laugh at her, because she’s a “witty storyteller,” and after her debut to Bachelor Nation on night one, fans know she has a sense of humor. Her official ABC Bachelorette profile describes the brunette beauty as, “Unapologetically herself, Katie is adventurous, daring and ready for a man with whom she can build a life.”
Katie Thurston is anti-bullying:
As Bachelor fans know, there was a lot of in-house drama during Matt’s season. So much so, Katie stepped in to put a stop to it. “I want to remind everyone to stay classy in this process because we don’t know our stories,” she said during Week 3.
“If you’re being a bitch, I’m going to tell you you’re being a bitch,” she said during a January episode of season 25. In addition, she encouraged Matt to confront the bullying in the house after Anna Redman spread a rumor about Brittany Galvin being an “escort.”
We look forward to watching Katie find The One on The Bachelorette!