Since last month's big announcement that Rachel Lindsay is the next Bachelorette, it was obvious that she wouldn't be this season's Bachelor winner. It was only a matter of time before we found out when and why Nick would send her home, and on Monday night, it finally happened. Even knowing that Rachel wasn't getting that rose, I was shocked to see him eliminate her after the fantasy suite dates because of the strong connection they had, and now, it sounds like she feels the same way. Recently, Rachel responded to her Bachelor rejection, and it definitely sounds like it's a good thing she's the next Bachelorette.
In an interview with People at the taping of the Women Tell All special that aired on Monday night, she talked about how shocked she was when Nick gave the roses to Vanessa and Raven instead of her after their overnight dates in Finland. She said:
It was hard for me to imagine she wasn't getting a rose, and I already knew it wasn't going to happen! Their fantasy suite date definitely seemed like one of the best they'd had all season, and Nick even admitted that he was falling for her. But ultimately, what he had with Raven and Vanessa was stronger, and that meant having to let Rachel go.
Ugh. Rachel. You are great! Nick is missing out on so much by ending things with her, but I have a feeling that soon, that won't even matter to her because she'll have two dozen guys showing up in limos, vying for her affection.
And despite her heartbreak, she seems optimistic about the future — duh, wouldn't you, if you were the next Bachelorette? She's going into the next part of her search for love with no regrets, and my fingers are crossed that this time, she finds exactly what she's looking for.
In the end, Nick's loss was Rachel's gain. I have a feeling that the adventure she's about to have will be well worth the pain that got her there, and I can't wait to see it all play out later this spring.