Katie Thurston reflects on the past year, which saw her fight for Bachelor Matt James’ heart and then find love with Blake Moynes on The Bachelorette.
It’s been exactly one year since Katie Thurston left the comfort of Washington to find love on The Bachelor, followed by The Bachelorette, and she’s looking back on these past 12 months with a deep sense of pride. Millions of viewers watched every high and low the 30-year-old experienced, from several crushing back-to-back heartbreaks to her sweet engagement to fiancé Blake Moynes. Despite it being a difficult road, Katie is thankful for every moment that ultimately brought her to her person.
Katie made quite the first impression on Matt James’ season of The Bachelor when she stepped out of the limo holding a vibrator, a symbol of her sex-positive nature. Fans applauded Katie as she stood up for other girls in the house, mainly Sarah Trott, who received backlash after crashing a group date. It was because of Katie’s down-to-earth relatability that she was chosen to be the next Bachelorette. But having 30-plus men fighting for her heart came with its own set of challenges, especially the blowup of frontrunner Greg Grippo, who Bachelor Nation felt used the platform to boost his acting career. In the end, Katie found her happily ever after with latecomer Blake Moynes, who previously appeared on Clare Crawley and Tayshia Adams’ season of The Bachelorette.