Bachelorette spoilers: Who does Michelle Young pick as her winner and end up with? Who is her runner-up? Is 'The Bachelorette' star engaged? (SPOILERS)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/19/2021
Bachelorette spoilers revealing who The Bachelorette star Michelle Young picked as her winner and ended up with have leaked out, along with additional spoilers revealing her runner-up bachelor and if Michelle got engaged to her final pick at the end of Season 18.
Michelle, a 28-year-old fifth-grade teacher and former Division I basketball player from Edina, MN, will be leading the franchise this winter when The Bachelorette premieres its eighteenth season on Tuesday, October 19 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC.
Filming began in July and Michelle's 30 bachelors were officially announced by ABC in September. The men range in age from 26-38 years old.
One of Michelle's bachelors, Clayton Echard, clearly didn't end up winning Michelle's heart because it's been widely reported ABC already selected him to star on The Bachelor's 26th season in early 2022.
Clayton, a 28-year-old medical sales representative from Columbia, MO, apparently already started filming his season although ABC has yet to formally announce his participation.
So if Clayton didn't receive Michelle's final rose, who did?
According to Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone, Clayton was eliminated sometime before the Final Rose Ceremony.
And it also appears Ryan Fox, a 30-year-old environmental consultant from San Jose, CA, fell short of Michelle's final rose.
According to a The Bachelorette preview, Michelle confronts Ryan about having a cheat sheet for how to act around Michelle, how to receive the most screentime, and how to avoid looking like a villain.
The bachelor who reportedly finished the show in second place was Brandon Jones, a 26-year-old traveling nurse recruiter from Portland, OR. It's therefore assumed Brandon exited The Bachelorette brokenhearted.
"Her #2 is Brandon Jones," Carbone tweeted at the beginning of October.
Carbone reported that Michelle and Nayte are engaged!
Nayte is a 27-year-old sales executive from Austin, TX. Eyewitnesses had spotted Michelle and Nayte 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; Clayton; Joe; 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.
On After the Final Rose, Michelle recalled the moment when she first found out she'd be starring on the franchise later this year.
"I would be lying if I didn't say when they first told me, I thought we were going to be the Bachelorette at the same time," Michelle shared.
"And so, I was a little nervous, but once I found out it was two different seasons, I was here for it! I'm excited that I have somebody to bond with over this and share notes as we go."
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!"