Former Bachelorette Hannah Brown Says Meghan Markle’s Story Is ‘Relatable’ In This Way
Very quickly, Hannah Brown’s life changed forever. She reached a level of reality TV stardom after competing for Colton Underwood’s heart on his season of The Bachelorette but when she starred as the lead role in The Bachelorette, she became a household name.
Hannah Brown’s tough year
Though, today, Brown is enjoying all the fruits her new life has to offer, it wasn’t exactly an easy year for her.
“This season of my life has definitely had times where I felt like I’ve lost and it hasn’t been what I thought,” the former Bachelorette told Us Weekly on December 16. “But overall, the end of this season going into the year 2020, I feel like it was like symbolic of actually being a win.”
Brown began her season of The Bachelorette with high hopes she’d come out the other side engaged. She was ready to get married.
But she gave her final rose to Jed Wyatt, only to discover later that he had come on the show with a girlfriend waiting for him back home. Brown was devastated and still hasn’t fully processed the events that transpired.
“Basically, I’m just realizing how much I still haven’t completely dealt with everything that happened to me on and after The Bachelorette,“ Brown said after having to perform a contemporary dance on Dancing With the Stars inspired by her relationship with Wyatt.
Why Hannah Brown relates to Meghan Markle
Something else Brown has struggled with over the last year is scrutiny from the media as well as Bachelorette fans online, as Meghan Markle struggles with.
The duchess was recently asked in an interview how she was doing and, as it turns out, she’s not OK. Markle thanked the interviewer for asking her how she was doing.
Brown can relate.
“I’m not a royal or anything, but I kind of understood that, because when people watch you and are enamored and so obsessed, and think that they know you, but don’t really ask how you are, it feels really good when somebody does. And that you’re able to have that conversation,” Brown says on the ABC special The Year: 2019.
“Whether it’s with a microphone in your face or if it’s just a friend having coffee with you. It’s really nice for somebody to ask, ‘How are you? Are you OK?'” she continued. “Even though she got criticism, which I think is ridiculous, people have to remember that she’s human and it’s OK to have human emotion and to express that. It doesn’t mean she’s ungrateful, it’s just being a real human and saying that sometimes life’s hard.”