First Black ‘Bachelorette’ Winner: “I Won’t Be Pressured to Choose a Black Man”


By Victor Trammell

Rachel Lindsay (pictured) made history this year by becoming the first black woman to be declared the winner on ABC’s reality television series called The Bachelorette.

Lindsay, 31, looks forward to being a lead on the upcoming season after winning the coveted first-impression rose on the popular ABC show. This will give Lindsay a chance to help make history again if she decides to choose a black man as her final choice on The Bachelor.

However, the Texas-based litigator said in an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter that she will not cave to pressure to choose a black man as her winner.

“To be the first African-American woman is a beautiful thing. I’m honored and humbled to be the one chosen. Because that’s how I feel: like I was chosen to be in this role,” Lindsay said.

Then the history-making contestant on The Bachelorette went on a self-centered tangent. Later in her interview, Lindsay started talking about the things she hears from her fellow black Americans when conversations about her next move on the show come about.

Here is an excerpt of what she told The Hollywood Reporter in her Monday (March 6th) interview:

“That is a very common question that I get from black people. Honestly, I don’t want to go into this process with any preconceived notions or any pressures to do something for somebody else. I hate to sound selfish, but it’s my process. It’s my journey in finding love. And whether that person is black, white, red, whatever — it’s my journey. I’m not choosing a man for America, I’m choosing a man for me — I know there are going to be people who criticize what I do no matter what, but I’m just trying to not get caught up in it — I feel like it was meant to be and that outweighs any fear or pressure that I have in being the first African-American Bachelorette.” (The Hollywood Reporter)

The season finale of The Bachelorette airs on  Monday, March 13th at 9/8 CST.








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