‘The Bachelorette’: Past Struggles with Depression and Other Things You Didn’t Know about Hannah B

As Colton Underwood’s dramatic season of The Bachelor came to a close, a new star emerged. Last night, Hannah Brown was announced as ABC’s newest Bachelorette.

Brown had a rough time throughout Underwood’s season. First, she was pitted against contestant Caelynn Miller-Keyes for the second time. The two formerly competed in the Miss USA pageant against one another and for several episodes of the show, the drama between the girls escalated but no one ever came forward and said what actually happened between them at the pageant.

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Eventually, Brown was sent home after Underwood decided that their relationship just couldn’t go any further. Brown took the dumping like a champ, telling Underwood that she had given him everything that she could and if it wasn’t what he wanted then she’d have to move on.

Fans and producers, alike, felt for Brown and her surprise ejection from the show. So much so, that Brown was given the coveted role of the Bachelorette in the show’s upcoming season.

And, now, Brown is ready for love.

“I thought my life was going to be this certain way,” she told Chris Harrison during the “Women Tell All” special. “I grew up in Alabama. I was gonna marry the guy who I dated for so long right out of college, start spitting out babies.”

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“Ultimately, I just thought that was gonna be okay for me. But it is not okay for me. I want so much more, and I deserve so much more.”

But who really is Hannah B, the girl so lovingly referred to as the “hot mess express?”

Struggle with depression

Though Brown may seem all smiles and “roll tide” screams now, the newest Bachelorette once struggled with depression.

It all started when she entered the Miss Alabama pageant system. She failed to make the top 15 for four years.

“It was kind of discouraging,” Brown told Yellowhammer News. “People always have an opinion about what you do, what you say, how you walk, how you dress. I took the wrong outlook on what pageantry should be – I thought my self-worth was through recognition.”

When she began struggling with anxiety and depression, she took a break from pageants as it was hard for her to function normally.

In that moment, it is so hard to see joy in life,” she told the outlet. “I can remember times where I didn’t want to get up.”

But her faith and family helped her get through that dark time.

“Even when days are just a mess, there’s always a light in each day,” she continued.

Now, she wants to help others who are struggling.

“I am here to encourage people and to be like … ‘hey, I’ve been there, but here I am today. … I’ve been in a dark place, but there is light in the darkness,'” she said.

In 2018, she started a school program where she share her mental health journey with others in order to help them get through their own dilemmas.

“It is not always a walk in the park to be a human on this earth,” the former beauty queen said. “We all have struggles. To say every day is easy, it’s not… But to be able to talk about that, and to be able to be honest about that is the best way to be able to solve this issue.”

Brown’s education

As we all know, Brown was born in Alabama. She likes to scream out “roll tide” whenever she gets a chance, paying homage to her alma mater, The University of Alabama. She graduated from the school in 2017 with a communications degree.

While she was in college, she was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She even filmed part of her intro package at the sorrority house back on campus.

Brown’s pageant career

Brown has been a pageant girl since she was just 15 years old. In 2017, she was named Miss Alabama USA 2018. She went on to compete with Caelynn Miller-Keyes to be crowned Miss USA but both girls lost to Sarah Rose Summers.

Though she doesn’t always come out on top in the pageant world, she credits it with helping her become who she is today.

“My family has seen me grow significantly because of being in pageantry,” she told the Alabama News Center last year. “I have been able to talk to really anybody from all aspects of life. It has given me a lot of confidence in times when there is both positive and negative light shed on me.”

Brown’s season of The Bachelorette will premiere on Monday, May 13.

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