Bachelorette spoilers revealing who Michelle Young picked as her 'The Bachelorette' winner and ended up with have surfaced (SPOILERS)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/02/2021
Bachelorette spoilers revealing how Michelle Young's "fairy tale" and "romantic" The Bachelorette season ends have surfaced -- including Season 18 spoilers on Michelle's winner and final pick, who finished in second place as her runner-up, and whether Michelle got engaged at the Final Rose Ceremony.
After the 28-year-old fifth-grade teacher and former Division I basketball player from Edina, MN, gave her First Impression Rose to Nayte Olukoya, a total of seven bachelors went home on Night 1.
Michelle may have established a connection with the 27-year-old sales executive from Austin, TX, early on, but she also had her eye on another guy.
Michelle asked Jamie Skaar, a 32-year-old biotech CEO from San Diego, CA, on her first one-on-one date of the season, and Jamie opened up about his difficult childhood and how his mother had sadly taken her own life when Jamie was in his twenties.
Michelle called Jamie a "beautiful" man and thought they were "very compatible" and had "a lot of chemistry."
Michelle said she could envision a life with Jamie being adventurous, vulnerable, romantic and compassionate.
But after Jamie received a rose, he started a little trouble.
Just as some of the men were witnessing Michelle's "off-the-chart" chemistry with Joe Coleman, a 28-year-old real estate developer from Minneapolis, MN, Jamie appeared to get jealous.
Jamie admitted Michelle and Joe may have known each other prior to the show, and he acknowledged how the situation bothered him. Jamie just thought it was "odd and suspicious" how close Michelle and Joe seemed to be already.
Jamie proceeded to lie to the Bachelorette by telling her that other men were concerned about Michelle's relationship with Joe when he was totally fine with her past and didn't care.
According to Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone, one guy who came pretty darn close was Brandon Jones, a 26-year-old traveling nurse recruiter from Portland, OR, who finished as Michelle's runner-up.
It's therefore probably safe to assume Brandon left The Bachelorette with a broken heart.
"Her #2 is Brandon Jones," Carbone tweeted at the beginning of October.
Carbone said he previously received pictures of Michelle and her runner-up enjoying a date on September 7, just two days before The Bachelorette's Final Rose Ceremony filmed in Mexico on September 9.
Carbone wrote in his blog on October 6, "Until yesterday, I only had pics of who it was, but couldn't identify who it was."
"Thanks to ABC's preview of Michelle's season [that aired during Bachelor in Paradise's Season 7 finale], I've now been able to lock down who that final 2 guy was -- Brandon Jones," he claimed.
Carbone apparently matched the bachelor's outfit in the preview with what the man had been wearing in the photos someone had sent him.
Michelle and Brandon enjoyed a horseback riding date on Michelle's season as well as a fun day on the water riding jetskis.
Carbone also revealed the alleged winner of Michelle'sThe Bachelorette season on October 5.
"The main thing you want to know is what happened at the end, right?" Carbone wrote in his blog at the time.
"Well, I got that for you. Had heard rumblings since the season ended but got the confirmation I needed the end of last week."
The man Michelle reportedly chose in the end was Nayte.
And Carbone reported that Nayte decided to pop the question during the show's finale and now he and Michelle are engaged!
Eyewitnesses had spotted Michelle and her winner on a date back in August.
"They took a pontoon boat out on Lake Minnetonka then arrived at Lord Fletchers where Michelle & Nayte played volleyball with her two friends," Carbone tweeted at the time.
According to his ABC bio, Nayte is a 6'8" and originally from Winnipeg, Canada. He attended college at Eastern Washington University.
Before appearing on The Bachelorette, Nayte was working for Indeed.com, but it's unclear if he still holds his position there after filming.
Nayte told ABC that his dream woman is outgoing, spontaneous and has enough swagger to keep up with him. He has been looking for a hot connection with a passionate woman as well as a teammate for life.
It sounds like Nayte and Michelle could be a great match considering ABC recently shared, "Michelle has big dreams for the future and says she wants a man by her side that is supportive and driven to make the world a better place."
"She is looking for the Superman to her Superwoman and is ready to find a love with whom she can start a family of her own."
Carbone hasn't released any additional spoilers on The Bachelorette's new season yet, but he did disclose a handful of men whom he is convinced progressed to Michelle's Final 12 suitors.
The five men who survived multiple Rose Ceremonies and made it at least as far as the season's Final 12 bachelors are reportedly Nayte; Brandon; Joe; Clayton Echard, a 28-year-old medical sales representative from Columbia, MO; and Peter Izzo, a 26-year-old "pizzapreneur" from Port St. Joe, FL.
Michelle finished The Bachelor's 25th season starring Matt James, which filmed last year and wrapped on TV in March, in second place and left the show devastated.
Michelle was announced on After the Final Rose in March as one of twoThe Bachelorette stars -- along with Katie Thurston -- for back-to-back seasons in 2021.