The Bachelorette star Michelle Young is apparently pleased with the outcome of her season and believes she “made the right decision” about her final pick.
“I feel like I made the right decision in the end. It takes me a minute,” Michelle revealed to People in a recent interview with a smile.
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The Season 18 The Bachelorette star said she’s “very happy” with the ending of her journey to find love and also “very happy with the experience” she had on the ABC reality dating series overall.
“I’m in a good spot right now,” Michelle said.
“I wanted to make sure that regardless of how I come out on the end of this is that I wanted to come out a better person, that I stayed true to who I was and that I didn’t have regrets because I stayed true to who I was.”
“And I feel like I made that happen,” she added.
Tuesday night’s episode of The Bachelorette was a crucial point for Michelle during the season because she had decided to eliminate four bachelors, all of whom she had connected to: Clayton Echard, Martin Gelbspan, Rick Leach, and Olumide “Olu” Onajide.
In the process of eliminating four suitors, Michelle selected her Final 4 bachelors of Season 18: Brandon Jones, Nayte Olukoya, Joe Coleman, and Rodney Mathews.
Brandon, Nayte, Joe and Rodney will be taking Michelle to their hometowns to meet their families on the upcoming The Bachelorette broadcast, and Michelle shared how her bachelors really gave her “a new perspective on things.”
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“I think they just helped me really feel like I was on the right path in life,” Michelle shared.
“And not that I necessarily needed that validation, but to be able to be yourself — 100 percent organically yourself — and to have it be respected and appreciated is going to give you confidence.”
“The fact that so many of these guys respected that really stood out to me,” she elaborated.
Michelle also told People that it was important to her to be open about her experiences and past traumas as a woman of color.
“In a past relationship, I had experiences where I wasn’t able to be fully myself, and I think with this, I wanted to make sure that I challenged myself to ask the hard questions, even if I was afraid of the response,” Michelle explained.
“I wanted to make sure these guys truly knew how I got to the point that I have come to, and in order to do that, you have to talk about what you’ve been through.”
Michelle that means “talking about the happy times” as well as being vulnerable about “the painful times.”
“And so with me asking the men to be vulnerable, I also have to follow suit and make sure that I’m doing the same with them,” Michelle said.
The Bachelorette co-hosts Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams previously described Michelle’s season to Extra TV as “a fairy tale,” leading fans to believe Michelle may have found the love of her life.
“I love where I’m at,” the Minnesota native also recently told Extra TV. “I love that I was able to stay true to myself and I love what the future looks like.”
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Elizabeth Kwiatkowski is Associate Editor of Reality TV World and has been covering the reality TV genre for more than a decade.