Amid Bachelor Nation’s reckoning with its racial inequities, Bachelor alum Taylor Nolan is officially being investigated by the Washington State Department of Health for past offensive tweets, according to Page Six. On Wednesday, March 24, the outlet confirmed that officials are looking into whether or not Nolan should lose her mental health counselor license, which she received in 2016. Earlier this month, the outlet reported that a probe was possible after “multiple complaints” were raised against Nolan and her credibility as a mental health care provider.
The investigation is ongoing, Washington Department of Health spokesperson Gordon MacCracken told the outlet on Wednesday, and there will be no further comment on it. The spokesperson said that he could not “predict an outcome” or provide a timeline for when the process will be completed. Furthermore, Nolan has “no previous disciplinary history,” and an investigation “doesn’t necessarily mean that disciplinary action will occur, just that we are moving to the stage of an investigation,” he explained to Page Six.
The 27-year-old, who first appeared on Nick Viall’s season of The Bachelor, got engaged to Derek Peth after meeting on Season 4 of Bachelor in Paradise. The couple split in June 2018. Nolan received backlash in February 2021 when several of her tweets from 2011 to 2013 went viral. In them, she discriminates against various minority groups, including members of the Asian, Jewish, and Indian communities, as well as using fatphobic, homophobic, and ableist language.
Nolan addressed the controversy in a since-deleted 30-minute apology video on Feb. 28. “My tweets from 10 years ago are sh*tty, they suck, they were wrong and are hurtful,” she captioned the post. Nolan apologized to any groups she may have offended, explaining, “I want to be clear that they don’t take away from the work I do today. They are literally how I got here to doing this work. If you’re gonna take the time and energy to scroll through 10 years of my tweets, then please take your time to listen to this video. I never deleted those tweets for a reason because they’ve been a part of my journey since way before going [on] The Bachelor. I didn’t need anyone to call those things out to me to know they were wrong — I’ve been doing that work on my own for the last 10 years, and it’s the same work I do today and the same work I will continue doing for the rest of my life.”
But a few hours later, Nolan’s apology vanished from her page. In its place, she shared a lengthy note further explaining her offensive comments. “At the time of the video I had only seen the tweets towards BIPOC communities but obviously have hurt many outside of that. Close to every marginalized group, honestly,” she wrote. “This is nuanced and there is a lot to unpack.”
In the weeks since Nolan’s controversy, several Bachelor alums have spoken out about her harmful rhetoric. Former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay said on an episode of her podcast, Higher Learning with Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay, that Nolan’s posts were “shocking” because the counselor had been “very outspoken about all the inequalities and injustices within the [Bachelor] franchise.” Corrine Olympios, who feuded with Nolan on Season 21 of The Bachelor, said, “I think we all now know who the real villain is here, which is what I was trying to tell everybody from the beginning,” while on Us Weekly’s Here for the Right Reasons podcast.
Nolan’s most recent social media post is from last Wednesday, when she wrote, “Sending love and peace to the AAPI community extra hard this week.”