Sending her regrets. New Bachelorette Katie Thurston issued an apology to her LGBTQ followers after she posted a photograph of herself kissing one other girl.
“To my followers: I’ve eliminated my most up-to-date put up after realizing how many individuals from the LGBTQ+ [community] I harm,” the Washington native, 30, wrote in a message posted to her Instagram Tales on Tuesday, Could 11. “I’m so sorry. I’ve learn the feedback and higher perceive why my put up was offensive. I’ll proceed to be taught from my errors. I need to all the time be an ally and right now I’m sorry I allow you to down.
The truth star generated controversy earlier within the day when she posted the since-deleted Instagram snap that confirmed her kissing Casandra Suarez, one other contest from Matt James’ season of The Bachelor. The background of the photograph additionally featured a neon signal that learn, “GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS.”
Her followers shortly responded to the put up with displeasure, calling it “queer baiting.” Initially, Thurston responded by including a remark noting that the photograph was merely a “friendship put up” and never supposed to be a “assertion” about her sexuality, however she then modified tack and deleted your complete put up.
Thurston first made a splash during season 25 of The Bachelor when she introduced James, 29, with a vibrator throughout their first assembly. Although she grew to become a fan favourite for calling out her fellow contestants for bullying, the financial institution advertising supervisor went house in week six.
Through the After the Closing Rose particular, which aired in March, she and runner-up Michelle Young have been announced as the next two Bachelorettes. Thurston’s season, which is able to air first, has already accomplished filming.
An insider advised Us Weekly final month that filming for season 17 of The Bachelorette wrapped a week early as a result of Thurston was so clear about what she was on the lookout for in a accomplice. “Katie was in management and made positive the lads she needed have been there and the lads she wasn’t fascinated with, she despatched packing,” the supply added.
Thurston’s season shall be hosted by former Bachelorettes Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams, who’re filling in for Chris Harrison. The longtime host, 49, temporarily stepped down after the controversy surrounding his response to Bachelor season 25 winner Rachael Kirkconnell’s racially charged Instagram posts.
“Tayshia and Kaitlyn can relate to Katie’s journey in a whole lot of alternative ways, which you’ll see play out, so it was good to have them there to assist out with no matter state of affairs got here up,” the insider added of the visitor hosts. “Tayshia had enjoyable and cherished doing it. She and Katilyn made an incredible workforce.”
The Bachelorette returns to ABC Monday, June 7, at 8 p.m. ET.