‘The Bachelorette’: How Old Is Katie Thurston? The New Lead Celebrated Her Birthday Before Joining Bachelor Nation

The Bachelorette Season 17 with Katie Thurston is finally here. So naturally, many Bachelor Nation fans have been digging into every piece of the new lead’s story, from her age to how she spends her time outside of reality TV. So how old is Katie from The Bachelorette 2021? The former bank marketing manager shared an honest Instagram post on her last birthday before joining the franchise.

The age and birthday of Katie Thurston from ‘The Bachelorette’ 2021

‘The Bachelorette’ Season 17 star Katie Thurston | ABC/Craig Sjodin

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Katie was born on Jan. 3, 1991, which makes the new bachelorette a 30-year-old Capricorn. The reality star was 29 when filming Matt James’ season of The Bachelor between September and November in 2020. But she turned 30 before the season premiere in 2021. 

Meanwhile, Katie celebrated her 30th birthday with a post on Instagram. On Jan. 2, the new lead bid farewell to her 20s and revealed she “wouldn’t be happy” with her life accomplishments, despite following the rules. 

“Get the career. Save the money. Start that 401k. Buy the house. And for what? An entire decade to pass without feeling fulfilled?” Katie wrote.

That said, it seems Katie was ready to tackle her next challenge. 

“I don’t know what the future holds for me but I’m excited to bring you all along for the ride!” Katie wrote at the time. “I will passionately pursue a fulfilled life and refuse to let this next decade pass by without purpose.”

Where is ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 17 star Katie Thurston from?

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Although Katie is our current bachelorette, many fans never learned about the lead’s hometown. Katie is from Renton, Washington, which is near Seattle. That said, it’s possible the 30-year-old will move out of the area after The Bachelorette

“I knew the chances of me falling in love with someone from Washington were probably pretty low,” Katie told ABC’s On the Red Carpet. “I knew, whoever I ended up with, there was going to have to be that conversation of who is moving where and how we make that work for our relationship.”

How was Katie Thurston cast for ‘The Bachelor’ franchise?

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Now, many Bachelor Nation fans might be wondering how Katie, a bank marketing manager from Renton, ended up in the ABC reality franchise. When speaking with bachelorettes Becca Kufrin and Rachel Lindsay on the Bachelor Happy Hour podcast, Katie revealed that she simply applied for the gig.

“I just applied,” Katie said in the Jan. 19 episode. “When I was cast, I was pretty shocked. I was kind of in denial, even getting ready for it. I was just my 100% self, and I guess they found that pretty refreshing.”

Katie Thurston on her ‘Bachelorette’ ending

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At this point, Bachelor Nation fans still don’t know how Katie’s journey will end in The Bachelorette Season 17. But whatever happens next, it’ll be quite the ride. 

When speaking with Good Morning America on June 7, Katie compared her experience to a rollercoaster ride. She also confirmed she falls in love with multiple contestants. 

“It’s gonna be hard,” Katie said when asked whether she’s ready to watch The Bachelorette. “I’ll be honest, there’s more than one person that I do fall for. You have a great group of men. What do you expect? So watching those emotions back and those connections form, I think, is gonna be a little tough.”

Whether Katie gets her happily ever after, it certainly seems like Katie is still keeping her promise to live a fulfilled life. So stay tuned.

The Bachelorette Season 17 airs Monday nights on ABC.