Rachel Lindsay Says Her ‘Bachelorette’ 2017 Won’t Be “Any Different”
MICHAEL STRAHAN, RACHEL LINDSAY
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Rachel Lindsay Says Her ‘Bachelorette’ 2017 Won’t Be “Any Different”

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You might think, as the first black Bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay is feeling the pressure to live up to her fellow African-Americans’ and Bachelor Nation’s expectations.

However, the newly-announced Season 13 lead assures fans she’s approaching her search for love no differently than her predecessors like JoJo Fletcher and Kaitlyn Bristowe.

Well, sort of. She does admit to Good Morning America she was a bit “skeptical” when she was first approached for the gig.

RACHEL LINDSAY
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“I was excited they asked me to do it, but I was also equally nervous,” she says. “When I started to weigh out the pros and the cons I decided this was too good an opportunity to turn away.”

Those nerves had nothing to do with race, though.

“I’m honored to have this opportunity and to represent myself as an African-American woman,” she states.

“I just hope that people rally behind me … and just realize that I’m just trying to find love, and even though I’m an African- American woman, it’s no different than any other Bachelorette.”

She expressed similar sentiments in her interview with People, emphasizing, “I’m just a black woman trying to find love. Yes, I’m doing it on this huge stage, but again my journey of love isn’t any different just because my skin color is.”

Actually, the 31-year-old isn’t being totally truthful here — there are some aspects that will change on Bachelorette 2017…

For one thing, the attorney promises she’ll “keep it real” with the audience and her contestants — something we haven’t always seen with past leads (minus Kaitlyn Bristowe).

The Dallas gal explains, “You know, I said this on the show all the time, but I just like to keep it 100 and keep it real. I figure if I just stay true to myself, it’ll be a successful show.”

That will come in handy when the topic of interracial dating inevitably comes up!

Actually, it already does in her upcoming Hometown Date with the Bachelor, after her mother confronts Nick about his feelings on dating a black woman.

“I know my mom — so I am not shocked that my mom asked that!” Rachel tells GMA with a laugh, before further detailing the backstory.

“You know, my sister is married to a white guy — it’s nothing new for our family,” she continues.

RACHEL, NICK VIALL
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“She just wanted to make sure Nick was comfortable with it.”

Looking forward to what’s sure to be a fun season!

The Bachelorette Season 13 premieres Monday, May 22 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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