BACHELORETTE Michelle Young’s suitor Jamie Skaar broke down and revealed his mom was suicidal as fans took to Twitter to praise Joe Coleman’s basketball skills.
As Jamie opened up about his life challenges to Michelle, he said: “When I was 24 my mom committed suicide.”
Both appeared teary-eyed, as Michelle responded: “I don’t know you that well but I’m so proud of what you’ve come through and how you conduct yourself.”
Meanwhile, contestants were split up into two groups to play basketball in front of Michelle.
Joe, who was on the losing team, ultimately received an MVP award, won the group date rose and received praise from fans across social media.
One fan tweeted: “Joe from Minnesota Mr. Basketball to Bachelorette MVP, this guy just punched his ticket to the Final Four.”
Another wrote: “I am a basic b***h and I am swooning watching joe play basketball and I fear I am now into him.”
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MICHELLE OPENS UP FOR QUESTIONS
“Joe and I exchanged a few messages quite a few years back, we kind of joke about it now,” Michelle explained to the group, saying how Joe ended up “ghosting” her.
Michelle then opened herself up for questions, but no one asked anything, prompting the bachelorette to walk away.
When Michelle walked away, the contestants asked who “told a story to Michelle” and “blew it completely out of proportion.”
JAMIE TELLS MICHELLE ABOUT RUMORS
After Jamie confronted Michelle with rumors he heard, Michelle needed to step away and see how to move forward with the news because she was feeling hurt.
“This situation, I know that I want to address it, but Jamie said the whole house is questioning it. And so it’s hard to follow your heart when I don’t know what to do,” Michelle told the cameras.
GROUP DATE ROSE
“Tonight, I feel like this person really pushed themselves to open up,” Michelle said before handing Joe a rose.
FALLING FOR MICHELLE?
“I could see myself falling for her,” Joe said after getting some one-on-one time with Michelle.
MVP OF THE DAY
Joe, who was on the losing team, received the MVP award and got invited to the cocktail party to spend more time with Michelle.
His fellow Bachelorette basketball teammates were unable to attend the cocktail partying as it was only for the winning team.
BACHELORETTE BASKETBALL BATTLE
The contestants played basketball in front of Michelle and her friends.
The guys were split up into two groups, the “Lover Boys” and “See You Tonight.”
‘IT’S NEVER HARD FOREVER’
“It’s never hard forever. If you can just take one more step…you’re out of that darkness,” Jamie said about the challenges he’s gone through in life.
MICHELLE GIVES JAMIE A ROSE
“I have loved every second of today. Getting to know you, the fun sides, the outgoing sides, the adventurous sides, and now the vulnerable sides,” Michelle said.
“I want you to know that I’m capable of being that rock… and with that, I would really love to give you this rose?”
She told the cameras that a life with Jamie would be “adventurous, vulnerable, and compassionate.”
JAMIE OPENS UP ABOUT HIS MOM’S SUICIDE
“When I was 24 my mom commit suicide,” Jamie told Michelle as he opened up in a one-on-one.
“I don’t know you that well but I’m so proud of what you’ve come through and how you conduct yourself,” Michelle responded.
MICHELLE HAS ‘AMAZING’ ONE-ON-ONE WITH JAMIE
“Cheers to going on a great adventure and taking risks,” Michelle told Jamie Skaar during their one-on-one.
“You made it an amazing first one-on-one and I feel like I’ve already learned so much about you.”
BRANDON GETS ROSE
“I think what she saw in me is authenticity,” Brandon said after getting his rose.
HOW OLD IS MICHELLE YOUNG?
Born June 3, 1993, Michelle is the current Bachelorette.
According to her bio, when she is not working, she loves to spend time with friends hiking and wine tasting.
She is currently 28 years old and 5ft 9in tall.
“I thought it was completely inappropriate of you to call me a narcissist,” Peter said as he confronted Will.
Will called Peter a narcissist during the group date spelling competition.
‘SPARKS FLYING WITH BRANDON’
Despite his spelling skills, Michelle kissed Brandon later in the day and said there’s definitely “sparks flying.”
PETER SLAMMED AS FIRST “VILLAIN” OF THE SEASON
One fan tweeted: “He so heated that he’s red as a tomato
“well said! #BachelorNation meet the 1st “villain” of the season: Peter. #TheBachelorette#Bachelorette”
FIRST GROUP DATE
The group was challenged with a science experiment, a spelling contest, and musical chairs.
The first word the contestants had to spell was protein. Brandon was the only one who spelled it wrong.
The last word they had to spell was narcissist. Everyone spelled the word correctly, but one decided to write “Peter” instead.
“How many times is it acceptable to call me beautiful in a day,” Michelle asked during the classroom date.
“I have three friends that are here with me and they have really high standards,” Michelle told the guys invited to the group date.
“They’re not going to take it easy on you.”
‘AMAZING GROUP OF 23 GUYS’
“I feel really good waking up this morning. The first night’s over… could not have made me more excited for this entire journey,” Michelle said at the start of Tuesday night’s episode.
“And I have this amazing group of 23 guys here. They feel genuine, they feel authentic, and that’s really important to me.”
WHO ARE THE BACHELORS ON THE BACHELORETTE THIS SEASON, CONTINUED
Other Bachelorette contestants this season include:
- Joe, 28, Minneapolis, MN
- Joel, 31, Prescott, AZ
- Jomarri, 26, Portland, OR
- Leroy, 27, Durham, NC
- LT, 38, Bellevue, WA
- Martin 28, Cordoba, Argentina
- Michael, 30, Omaha, NE
- Mollique, 36, Jameshill, Jamaica
- Nayte, 27, Winnipeg, MB
- Olumide, 28, Woodland Park, NJ
- Pardeep, 30, Brooklyn, NY
- Peter, 26, Bellmore, NY
- PJ, 30, Austin, TX
- Rick, 32, Munroe Falls, OH
- Rodney, 29, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
- Romeo, 32, New York, NY
- Ryan, 30, Sanger, CA
- Spencer, 25, Cleveland, OH
- Trevor, 26, Rocklin, CA
- Will, 29, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
WHO ARE THE BACHELORS ON THE BACHELORETTE THIS SEASON?
The Bachelorette’s contestants this season are:
- Alec, 29, Forest, VA
- Brandon J, 26, Portland, OR
- Brandon K, 29, Sulphur, LA
- Brett, 29, Houston, TX
- Bryan, 30, Houlton, WI
- Casey, Parkland, FL
- Christopher G, 27, Halifax, Nova Scotia
- Chris S, 28, New Orleans, LA
- Clayton, 28, Eureka, MO
- Daniel, 26, Austin, TX
- Edward, 27, Brownsville, TX
- Eric, 25, Bridgewater, NJ
- Garrett, 33, Salt Lake City, UT
- Jack, 30, Greensborough, NC
- Jamie, 32, Tacoma, WA
WHO IS THE NEW HOST OF THE BACHELOR?
Former NFL player Jesse Palmer was named the new host of the Bachelor.
Palmer was the Bachelor himself back in 2004.
He is reportedly taking over as host in 2022 during season 26 of The Bachelor.
Michelle Young’s season of the Bachelorette is hosted by former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe.
WHO ARE MICHELLE YOUNG’S PARENTS?
Michelle Young is the daughter of a retired Minnesota couple, LaVonne and Ephraim Young.
The couple live in St. Louis Park, Minnesota and were big supporters of Michelle throughout her journey in Matt James’ Season 25 of The Bachelor.
An intensely private person before the show, not much information is available on Michelle’s parents.
Michelle started her first Instagram page when season 25 of The Bachelor took off. Her parents and siblings are not featured in any of her Instagram pictures.
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