Update, 8/3, 4 p.m.: According to several sources who spoke off the record with E! News, Clare Crawley has stepped down as The Bachelorette and is poised to be replaced by Adams, a fan favorite who many had wanted to be the next Bachelorette since she first appeared on Colton Underwood's season. ABC has not confirmed or denied the rumors, but spoiler sources like Reality Steve say that the news appears to be true. Crawley's season only began filming a few weeks ago.
Potential spoilers for Bachelor in Paradise. Let's talk about one of the ladies who vied for Colton Underwood's heart in Season 23 of The Bachelor: Tayshia Adams, 28, who's now about to make her debut on Bachelor in Paradise. Adams had notable chemistry with the 23rd Bachelor, but ultimately lost out after the whole "fence jump" debacle. But the audience loved her (myself included), and she's about to kill it on BiP. I can't wait to have her back on my TV screen. Here's everything we know so far about Adams—and what we might see from her in upcoming episodes.
She's a medical professional.
Adams is a phlebotomist, trained to draw blood—so apparently the first thing she notices about you is your veins, according to her Bachelor intro video. Ew? Adams said on the show that she hoped Underwood felt faint at the sight of her...something she usually doesn't want. (So she's funny!)
She's from the West Coast and loves to travel.
Adams hails from Orange, California, and went to college in Irvine. According to her Instagram, she's recently taken trips to The Bahamas, United Arab Emirates, and France and has said it's "just the beginning of some amazing travels ahead." That was probably also a hint about The Bachelor and now BiP, tbh.
Service is important to her.
Per her Bachelor bio, Adams was a Girl Scout for 12 years and currently volunteers at her church. Apparently, she also just completed a mission trip to Africa. She's religious and family-oriented:
She's a little less public than some of the other contestants.
In the past, Adams didn't post very much on social media, at least compared to typical contestants, and her Instagram was private until she started the show. One reason for the silence is that Adams got divorced in 2017, so she may have gotten rid of photos with her ex-husband. Since leaving The Bachelor, she's been posting more, and her fans absolutely love it.
She and Colton hit it off throughout The Bachelor.
In the premiere, Adams was one of the ladies who had immediate chemistry with the former football player, even nabbing one of the first kisses. In a very elaborate setup, she led Underwood to a carnival-esque setup outside the house offering "pony rides" (again, that sense of humor!). She teased a little bit of that scenario and their hot, hot connection the night of the premiere, sharing a steamy Instagram shot of the two:
She made it through the season with a reputation of being (mostly) low-key and drama-free, and she actually comforted Colton when he broke up with her. She was also clearly devastated, and fans were heartbroken for her.
We know a little bit about her Bachelor in Paradise future.
Thankfully, Tayshia seems like she's doing really well, judging by the first trailer for BiP:
She looks like she might have gotten involved in the Blake Horstmann romantic entanglement of this season (he was with or rumored to be with a whole bunch of people), which is kind of a bummer. But on the plus side, there are also rumors that she and John Paul Jones might be into each other—and, considering he was Hannah Brown's quirkiest bachelor, I kind of like this for both of them. But I do wonder, since JPJ and Derek are getting into an extended verbal fight in the trailer, if Tayshia might have something to do with it. My hope is that she finds someone special through this, BUT if she doesn't, that she stays a part of Bachelor Nation in the future.
Go here to read every spoilery thing we know about this season, including potential spoilers about Tayshia's future.
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