‘The Bachelorette’: Tayshia Adams Explains Her Early Connection With Brendan Morais

When Tayshia Adams and Brendan Morais went on their one-on-one date, The Bachelorette fans wondered whether they had another Clare Crawley and Dale Moss situation on their hands. Viewers saw Adams’ instant connection with Brendan, especially when they discussed their previous divorces. So what is it about the commercial roofer that makes the bachelorette’s heart sing? Recently, Adams opened up about her first date with Brendan on The Bachelorette.

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At the end of The Bachelorette Season 16 Episode 5, Adams went on her first one-on-one date with Brendan. The couple went horseback riding in Palm Springs. And despite a few odd interruptions by host Chris Harrison, Adams and Brendan had some fun. They also shared a kiss when they got some alone time in the pool. Then Adams shared she was ready to go home with her contestant.

“Honestly, round me up cowboy, because I’m ready to go home with his man,” she said in a confessional. “I’m telling you right now, Brendan is everything.”

But even so, Adams wanted to make sure she could connect with him on a deeper level. At the dinner portion of the date, Brendan said he was starting to fall for the lead. He also dropped some information about his past, sharing he was previously married and divorced. Then Adams opened up about her own divorce, revealing their stories were quite similar. 

Brendan Morais and Tayshia Adams on 'The Bachelorette'
Brendan Morais and Tayshia Adams on ‘The Bachelorette’ | Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images

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“Getting divorced is a really big deal. I thought I was dying when I was going through it. So it was really therapeutic to heart him saying all the words that my heart has felt the past two years,” Adams said in a confessional. “I felt like I wasn’t alone. We just kind of bonded on a different level.”

Later, The Bachelorette couple went outside to watch fireworks together. Adams also gushed over her connection with Brendan in a voiceover. “Kissing Brendan feels like I’m kissing my person. I feel really connected to him,” she said. “I don’t know, I feel like I could marry him, which is so bizarre. I don’t even think I’ve felt this way ever.”

Adams added, “Today was just really magical, you can’t describe it any other way except for magical. I finally feel like I’m the bachelorette, and this is what I’m here for. I know I’m going to find the person that I’m truly supposed to be with.”

Tayshia Adams opens up about her one-on-one date with Brendan Morais on ‘The Bachelorette’

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After The Bachelorette Season 16 Episode 5, Adams went on the Bachelor Happy Hour podcast with Rachel Lindsay and Becca Kufrin to discuss her journey. Then midway through the episode, Lindsay brought up Adams’ comments about Brendan after their one-on-one date. So the new lead explained why she felt so connected to her contestant.

“I did say that,” Adams said. “We had a long discussion about being married and being divorced. … It was the first time I’ve had a conversation with a man that I feel could truly relate to me and kind of understood where my heart and my head has been.”

She continued,  “I just remember sitting there and having him tell me exactly how he was feeling. Like how he dealt with it and what that meant for him. I swear to you, he was speaking the words of everything I’ve ever felt. So we connected really deeply, very quickly.”

Adams also noted Brendan was “super hot,” and he received the first one-on-one because he caught her eye on night one. But ultimately, Adams’ fun date with Brendan gave her confidence in the Bachelorette process.

“He’s super hot, he’s a really good kisser, and I just had fun with him,” Adams said. “Honestly, it was just this lighthearted, fun date that I was just like, ‘I can do this. This is fun.’”

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After Adams shared her thoughts about Brendan, Lindsay pointed out there was “something special” about the first Bachelorette one-on-one date. Lindsay reminded fans that her first solo date was with runner-up Peter Kraus. Meanwhile, Kufrin’s was with her runner-up, Blake Horstmann. But while both men weren’t the final pick, Lindsay noted the first date is significant to the lead because it lets them know the process works.

“There’s an initial attraction that makes you give that person that first date card. But then there’s something that surprises you on that date that you never expected to be surprised with,” Lindsay said. “It’s something that carries through throughout your season.”

She continued, “No matter who else you start falling for, you say, ‘But… the first person I had the date with.’ Because you surprised each other in a way that you thought, ‘Oh my god. This can actually work.’ And that’s what you hold onto. So Brendan is a person to watch.”

Then Adams agreed and confirmed her date with Brendan was a “turning point” on The Bachelorette. She said:

It’s true. Only you guys would understand that feeling, and I can identify with that because it’s true. I feel like that was definitely the turning point. Yeah, sure, being the bachelorette is fun, all these guys are here. But having that initial connection and being like, “Hold on a second. I’m feeling some type of way. This could possibly be something. I’m just going to start leaning into it.”

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