The Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise is making TV history with its newest lead from the Australian version of the popular franchise. Brooke Blurton, a 26-year-old bisexual Noongar-Yamatji woman, will be the first openly queer and Indigenous bachelorette.
For the first time ever, the cast will include both men and women looking to capture the heart of the youth worker, which Blurton is excited about. She told The Daily Telegraph, “I am not too sure if Australia is ready for it. I certainly am. If it makes people feel uncomfortable in any way, I really challenge them to think about why it does.”
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Blurton also confirmed the news on Channel 10, saying: “My perfect person is someone that loves me for me. I hope they offer shared values and compassion for others. I’m so excited and hope that I finally find that person I’ve been waiting for.”
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The reality romance series has been criticized over the years for its lack of diversity among the contestants and leads. In the American iteration, there have only been two bachelors and two bachelorettes of colour, and none of the leads have been openly queer. (Former bachelor Colton Underwood recently came out as gay, several years after his season.) Many of the past leads have spoken out about the struggles they faced on the series and the online racism they endured. The most recent lead, and the first Black bachelor, Matt James, became tangled in controversy earlier this year when racist Antebellum-themed photos of his winner, Rachael Kirkonnell, surfaced online.
Blurton is no stranger to the popular show, as she competed on the 2018 season of The Bachelor Australia and also spent time on Bachelor in Paradise. She opened up about her sexuality on The Bachelor, telling Nick Cummins she had dated both men and women in the past.
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Australian Bachelorette host Osher Günsberg took to Twitter to celebrate Blurton’s casting. “We are a nation of people from so many different backgrounds, so many different cultures and so many different experiences, yet we all have one thing in common — we all want to be loved in a way that is meaningful to us,” he wrote.
We are a nation of people from so many different backgrounds, cultures and experiences – yet we all have one thing in common: we all want to be loved in a way that is meaningful to us.
I can’t wait to help our new #bacheloretteau Brooke find that kind of love. xx pic.twitter.com/cm4L9RkURF
— Osher Günsberg (@oshergunsberg) May 19, 2021
Casting for Blurton’s season is still open, so potential Aussie suitors still have a chance to be part of Blurton’s historic journey. Viewers will see who could potentially receive the final rose when the series airs later this year.
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