‘The Bachelorette’ 2022: How Much Older Is Gabby Windey Than Rachel Recchia? Fans Debate Contestant Age

Clayton Echard’s season of The Bachelor gave fans the two new leads of The Bachelorette 2022. Clayton broke up with Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey at the same time at the end of his season, leaving them devastated and heartbroken. But their friendship sustained them through the hardship. So, how old is Rachel Recchia, and how much older is Gabby Windey? Here’s what to know about their ages and the ages of the 2022 cast.

How old is Rachel Recchia? How old is Gabby Windey?

Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia, the stars of 'The Bachelorette' 2022, hugging each other on 'The Bachelor' stage
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Rachel Recchia was an early lead on Clayton’s season of The Bachelor. Heading into The Bachelorette 2022, she’s 26 years old. Her birthday is March 8, 1996. When dating Clayton, she was just 25.

While Rachel describes herself as a “hopeless romantic” in her Bachelor bio, she also has incredible career ambitions. She works as a flight instructor in Florida and shared her career desires with Clayton throughout his season. It’s more than likely Rachel will desire a partner who also has huge personal goals.

So, how old is Gabby Windey? Gabby is 31 years old, and her birthday is on Jan. 2, 1991. This makes her five years older than Rachel.

Gabby made a name for herself thanks to her quick wit and funny, upbeat attitude. She works as a nurse and also has a history in professional cheerleading. Gabby will need a man who also has a high level of intelligence and incredible humor.

Some fans are taking issue with ‘The Bachelorette’ 2022 cast’s ages

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Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey’s ages could potentially put them at completely different places in their lives. And since they’re both the leads of The Bachelorette 2022, this season could get tricky. Additionally, some fans are already concerned that Gabby won’t have enough age-appropriate men to choose from.

ABC posted The Bachelorette 2022 cast to Facebook. Not all of the men listed will make it to night one, but most of them will. The cast’s ages range from 23 to 36, with many of the men in their mid-20s.

“I am not impressed with this group of men,” a Reddit user noted. “Most of them are 25 years old, and nothing will convince me that they are ready for a serious relationship, let alone an engagement.”

“The issue shouldn’t be that the oldest person is 36 if Gabby is 31 because that’s plenty old for a 31-year-old,” another fan wrote. “But I’m assuming they also mean the bulk of the dudes are in their mid-20s which I’d be less into as a 31-year-old, though I know maturity isn’t just based on age.”

“Fifteen of the 35 are 29+,” another Reddit user commented. “So, about 45% are age-appropriate for Gabby, I’d say.”

How will ‘The Bachelorette’ 2022 work? Not even Reality Steve knows

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Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey’s ages aren’t the most complicated part of the new season. Fans still want to know how The Bachelorette 2022 will work.

According to spoiler guru Reality Steve, filming for the new season begins on Saturday, March 26, 2022 — and production still doesn’t know exactly how it’ll work.

“In terms of the format of how this Bachelorette season will work, I’ve heard that hasn’t been nailed down yet, either,” he wrote. “Will there really be eight hometowns and six overnights (four and three for each woman)? Is it gonna be Gabby and Rachel each get their own set of men, or will there be crossover? … Bottom line is we won’t know until filming begins how exactly this season is gonna work. Once they do, I’m sure I’ll start hearing stuff and I’ll pass it along as soon as I do.”

The Bachelorette 2022 airs July 11, 2022, on ABC.

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