If you've here, you'll know about the unprecedented Bachelorette shake-up: Clare Crawley, who was initially cast as the 2020 Bachelorette, left her own season to be with Dale Moss, the contestant that Crawley fell head over heels for. With 16 men and most of a season left, producers brought in Tayshia Adams, a longtime Bachelor Nation fan favorite who had appeared on both The Bachelor and Bachelor In Paradise, to take over from Crawley. Adams had been on Colton Underwood's season of The Bachelor and later on Paradise, where she fell in love with the infamous John Paul Jones (more on that in a bit).
What happened to Tayshia on Colton's season of The Bachelor?
Adams made it to the final three on Underwood's season, a.k.a. the Fantasy Suite round, but was abruptly dumped by Underwood, along with fellow contestant Hannah Godwin, when Underwood decided he wanted to be with contestant Cassie Randolph. Remember the "fence jump" scene? Well, right after that is when Adams was dismissed.
That weirdness aside, Adams made it through the season with a reputation of being 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.
And what about Bachelor In Paradise?
This was an interesting one. Much like her predecessor Crawley, Adams appeared on Paradise and fell in love before she became The Bachelorette, but the relationship didn't work out. The object of her affections—well, vice versa, if you watched that season; JPJ was much more into Adams—was John Paul Jones, the sweet, floppy-haired guy from Hannah Brown's season.
Though Adams and JPJ broke up on the show, they were together by the time it aired—she flew out to see him to ask him for another chance—but they dated for just two months before calling it quits.
What does Tayshia do for a living?
Adams is a phlebotomist, trained to draw blood—in her Bachelor intro video, she joked that the first thing she notices about a person is their veins.
That said, on her season, almost two years after she introduced herself as a phlebotomist to Colton, she told her contestants that she worked as a lifestyle and travel influencer, which makes sense—it's a career path that a lot of Bachelor Nation choose to pursue when they have a strong enough following. It's a sign that she'll probably continue working as an influencer and reality TV personality after her season, like a number of Bachelorettes before her.
Does Tayshia have an Instagram?
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 Bachelor. One reason for the silence is that Adams got divorced in 2017, so she may have gotten rid of photos with her ex-husband.
But since leaving The Bachelor and going on Paradise, she's been posting more, and her fans absolutely love it. You can check out her IG here.
Where is Tayshia from?
Adams hails from Orange, California, and went to college in Irvine to study biology; she's still based in Orange County, telling ABC7, "I'm an Orange County girl!"
What has Tayshia said about The Bachelorette?
Adams stayed tight-lipped for months as rumors of her Bachelorette role flew—but when ABC showed footage on November 5 of Adams emerging from a limo to meet Chris Harrison, she began doing interviews about her part of the season. And, boy, it sounds like a lot.
Adams told ET she fell in love with multiple men and said "I love you" to more than one person (as a reminder, the lead usually doesn't say "I love you" until the final rose ceremony, although rules have kinda gone out the window this season). "I didn't know it was possible to fall in love with multiple people," she told ET. "You never know what can happen...And it happened to me."
On Good Morning America, Adams noted: "I really allow myself to fall in love...I really allow myself to experience different relationships that I don't think I would ever have the opportunity to outside of all of this." And on ABC Audio, she revealed what it meant to her to be the second Black Bachelorette ever, following Rachel Lindsay: "I'm so happy to have the opportunity and the platform that I do to just identify with girls that look like me, that have never seen someone on their screens that represent them."
If you're interested in spoilers, you can get all of them here.