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Matt James broke Michelle Young’s heart when he chose Rachael Kirkconnell over her in The Bachelor Season 25 finale. But now, Michelle will be the one handing out roses in the new season of The Bachelorette. Michelle was chosen, along with Katie Thurston, from Matt’s season to be the franchise’s next Bachelorette. Her journey will start on Oct. 19, and her former boyfriend is now speaking out about her pursuit of love.

'The Bachelor' star Matt James hands a rose to 'The Bachelorette' star Michelle Young. Matt wears a gray suit. Michelle wears a black sparkly gown.
Matt James and Michelle Young | Craig Sjodin via Getty Images

Michelle was one of the contestants on Matt’s season of ‘The Bachelor’

Before Michelle was picked to be the Bachelorette, she was one of the contestants during Matt’s season of The Bachelor. For one of the “twists” in The Bachelor Season 25, the show brought in five new women during week 3 to vie for Matt’s heart, and Michelle was one of them. Her instant connection with Matt cemented her place as a frontrunner in the competition. Michelle was a fan favorite, especially after the internet discovered the other frontrunner’s racist past.

Michelle made it to the finale, where she met Matt’s family, and they seemed to like her. During their final date, they scaled down a building together. Later that night, they huddled around a fire. But it was evident that Matt was holding back from Michelle.

After Michelle gave Matt his and hers jerseys as a present, he revealed to her that he could no longer continue their relationship. Michelle was obviously confused, and Matt left her and their jerseys behind. He later told host Chris Harrison that he loved Michelle, but he wasn’t in love with her. He later picked Rachael to be his winner, although he didn’t propose. And now, after Matt dumped Michelle, she will get a second chance at love in The Bachelorette Season 18.

What did Matt have to say about Michelle’s upcoming quest for love in ‘The Bachelorette’?

Extra recently interviewed Matt and his dancing partner Lindsay Arnold after their elimination from Dancing With the Stars. While they discussed their time on the competition show, the interviewer also asked Matt about Michelle and the upcoming season of The Bachelorette.

Matt said, “Michelle looks beautiful. I’m very excited for her, and I hope she finds what she’s looking for, you know?” When asked if he would be tuning in to Michelle’s The Bachelorette season, he said, “Um… I’m going to be rooting for her. I’m going to be rooting for her to find love.”

It sounds like there are no hard feelings between the exes, at least on Matt’s end. You can watch the entire interview in the video above.


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How to watch ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 18

Michelle Young will begin her quest for love in The Bachelorette soon, leaving her past with Matt James behind. She will meet 30 men who are all vying for her love and attention. Former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will host the show and help Michelle in her journey.

Fans who want to tune in to see who Michelle picks to be her husband can watch The Bachelorette on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. The episodes will also be available to stream on the ABC app or Hulu the following day.

The Bachelorette Season 18 starring Michelle Young premieres on Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.