Bachelorette spoilers: Who did Michelle Young pick as her winner and end up with? Who is 'The Bachelorette' star's runner-up? Is she engaged? (SPOILERS)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/26/2021
Bachelorette spoilers revealing the winner of Michelle Young's The Bachelorette season as well as who she ended up picking as her Final 2 bachelors and if she ended her journey engaged to her final pick have surfaced.
Michelle, a 28-year-old fifth-grade teacher and former Division I basketball player from Edina, MN, started filming her The Bachelorette season in late July at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, CA.
During the show's October 19 premiere on ABC, Michelle gave her First Impression Rose to Nayte Olukoya, a 27-year-old sales executive from Austin, TX.
Nayte impressed Michelle by opening up about his parents' divorces when he said he typically struggles to be vulnerable in relationships.
Nayte had "reset" the night for Michelle after she dealt with drama on Night 1 with Ryan Fox.
Michelle eliminated Ryan, a 30-year-old environmental consultant from San Jose, CA, after learning he had packed folders filled with lists and documents on how to navigate his journey on The Bachelorette.
Ryan had notes such as how to avoid being a show villain, how to get a good edit, and whom to emulate from the franchise, such as Kaitlyn Bristowe's fiance Jason Tartick. Michelle didn't want to start a relationship on "red flags."
Michelle proceeded to oust six more bachelors from the running for her heart at the first Rose Ceremony of the season, which resulted in 23 men remaining.
On the upcoming episode airing Tuesday, October 26, Michelle will go on her first group date with guys who will "get schooled by a trio of talented fifth graders," according to ABC's press release for the new broadcast.
"But when a pop quiz turns into a test of temperament, Michelle makes it clear she's not here for class clowns," ABC teased.
Afterward, one man will receive a one-on-one date with Michelle and they will take their relationship to new heights and then enjoy a surprise musical performance by Caroline Jones.
While ABC declined to reveal the bachelor's name, Michelle disclosed the bachelor's identity during a recent interview withEntertainment Tonight.
When asked to reveal the bachelors whom viewers should keep an eye on this season -- the ones to watch, essentially -- Michelle gave a shout out to Jamie Skaar, a 32-year-old biotech CEO from San Diego, CA.
Michelle revealed pretty matter-of-factly that Jamie accompanied her on the "first one-on-one" date of Season 18.
The second group date of the week will feature WNBA stars Dearica Hamby and Diamond DeShields and be basketball-themed.
The participating men -- including the new reported The Bachelor star, Clayton Echard -- will try to prove to Michelle they can be a good teammate on and off the court.
And finally, ahead of the season's second Rose Ceremony, one bachelor will make a "bold decision."
"Will [Michelle] discover the truth before handing out the final rose?" ABC teased.
Michelle's The Bachelorette season is expected to be a roller coaster of emotions.
But when reflecting back on her experience as a whole, Michelle told Variety in a recent interview, "I am [happy]. I'm happy that I decided to do this."
Michelle said she "surprised" herself that she was "able to get my feelings where I needed them to be" by the end of the dating process.
"But with where I'm at right now in my life in general, I love where I'm at," the Minnesota native teased.
"I love the opportunities that I was able to take and I love that I was able to stay true to myself and I love what the future looks like."
When asked to describe Michelle's season, Tayshia Adams -- who is hosting Season 18 of The Bachelorette with Kaitlyn -- told Extra TV of Michelle, "I think she really pushes these men to be authentic and really vulnerable, and I think it's a really beautiful love story to watch."
The girls revealed how Michelle's season was like "a fairy tale," suggesting she may have found true love.
So who did Michelle end up with, and did she get engaged to the man who stole her heart? And which bachelor finished in second place?
According to Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone, Michelle's runner-up bachelor was Brandon Jones, a 26-year-old traveling nurse recruiter from Portland, OR.
It's therefore probably safe to assume Brandon departed The Bachelorette brokenhearted.
"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.
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 Coleman, a 28-year-old real estate developer from Minneapolis, MN; Clayton, 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 two The Bachelorette stars -- along with Katie Thurston -- for back-to-back seasons in 2021.
Given Michelle had seemingly fallen head over heels for Matt, After the Final Rose host Emmanuel Acho asked Michelle if she was ready to try to find love once again.
"I am ready... I really do think that this process works," Michelle explained.
"When you can [cast] out all of these outside distractions and really dive in, I think you can learn a lot about somebody. I'm just excited. I'm ready to get started!"