‘The Bachelorette’s’ Rachel Lindsay Reveals Relationship Status, Teases Season 13 Drama

Dallas-based attorney says she feels “pressure” as the ABC dating franchise’s first African-American lead

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Rachel Lindsay is sure to experience plenty of drama during her stint as the lead on ABC’s “The Bachelorette.” But viewers can rest assured that there’s a happy ending in her journey for her special someone.

“I am so very much so in love and so very much engaged,” she told TheWrap and other reporters during a recent conference call ahead of Monday’s Season 13 premiere.

Lindsay, who was the second runner-up for Nick Viall’s affections on “The Bachelor” Season 21, said she was surprised to develop “very strong connections with several of the men.”

She added, “I came in thinking that I knew how this whole thing was going to go, because that’s what I do — I try to figure everything out. And the one thing that I couldn’t [predict was] the men that would be getting out of that limo the first night, and how they would impact my life, how I would connect with them, and just how they would affect me overall,”  Lindsay said. “And so that has been what I couldn’t prepare myself for … what was so unexpected for me. And it was a beautiful surprise for me, honestly.”

The 31-year-old attorney from Dallas pointed out that she feels “a sense of responsibility” as the dating franchise’s first black lead.

“I’m representing myself as an African-American woman, and on a platform that hasn’t been done before,” Lindsay said. “So all eyes are going to be on me. They’re going to be giving me their opinions. And I do feel that pressure, but I also think that it’s such a humbling and honoring experience that I accept the challenge, and I’m more than happy to do it.”

“The Bachelorette” premieres on Monday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.