By Danielle Valente published
"Who is the new Bachelorette?" It looks like Michelle Young, the latest face of the franchise, is no longer on the market.
The 28-year-old teacher and basketball star has found love on reality TV, and fans are anxious to see what comes next for the Minnesota native and her beaux.
Before we shift our attention to Clayton Echard, who is the new Bachelor, let's take a look back at Young's journey that led to her final rose.
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"I'm a teacher and class is officially in session," Young says in The Bachelorette teaser.
We witness a whirlwind of romance: lip locks aplenty, dates on the beach and plenty of smiling faces.
"I feel super special. How would a girl not feel special," she asks.
But what would the show be without some drama?
We also witness a fella potentially plotting his moves on the show in hopes of fame, which is obviously a no-go. Then, there's a rumor floating around that one of the contestants had a previous fling with Young. One guy even calls her out on it!
Who is Michelle Young?
Fans might've recognized Young before season 18. Originally, she appeared in Matt James' season of The Bachelor. Though the relationship didn't play out quite the way she had envisioned—she was James' runner-up—it appears everything worked out perfectly fine in the end.
Michelle Young: basketball star
The boys had some competition on the court! Young was on her high school basketball team and played for the women's team at Bradley University, where she made some impressive moves.
Education is still a big part of her life, as she is an elementary school teacher in Minnesota, where she had to teach during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"So proud of my fellow teachers who have continued to persevere and provide both academic and emotional stability/support for our students," Young captioned on Instagram alongside a selfie in a mask in her classroom.
Unlike most stars in the Bachelor and Bachelorette franchises, Young is fairly quiet on social media. She only has a handful of Instagram photos, but they do give us a pretty good indication of what matters most to her: work, family, basketball and sweets! We approve.
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Young's shot at romance took place on ABC throughout the fall and winter of 2021. Now that the season has come to a close, fans can relive the whirlwind of steaminess on Hulu or the ABC website.
Who does Michelle Young pick?
"I have two incredible men who I am in love with and they are in love with me," Young revealed the morning of her final rose ceremony.
The pressure was on: would she opt to spend the rest of her life with Nayte Olukoya or Brandon Jones? Jones was a hit with Young's family, and everyone seemed to feel as though they were a suitable match.
Young was not one of them. Despite her mother's warnings and his initial level of commitment, Olukoya ultimately stole the Bachelorette's heart.
"I’ve learned our love story doesn’t need to be perceived as perfect, As long as it’s perfect for you and me," Young captioned on Instagram in a lengthy shoutout to her fiancé.
After receiving a generous financial present, Young informed viewers that she will be giving everyone a sneak peek into her new life—and new home.
Can't wait for what the franchise has in store next? Clayton Echard's search for love kicks off on January 3, 2022 on ABC (and the following day on Hulu).
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Danielle is a writer for My Imperfect Life, where she particularly enjoys covering lifestyle and entertainment news. She was previously the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. When she's not working, you can find her reading a good book and enjoying a cup of coffee. Follow her @dvwrites.
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