After her shocking elimination on the Feb. 19 episode of Bachelor, whether or not Tia Booth would become the next Bachelorette has yet to be determined. She quickly became a contender after fans watched her walk away without receiving any real explanation from Arie Luyendyk Jr. about why she was being sent home. Tia left the mansion after having what appeared to be a successful hometown date with the former race car driver, which included her introducing him to her entire family. But her latest interview seems to imply that Bachelor Season 22 won't be the last fans see of the Arkansas native.
During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, which occurred after the taping of the show's Women Tell All segment, Tia revealed that she's open to finding love on the reality circuit even now:
"I think it would be an amazing experience getting to be the Bachelorette and to get to meet some amazing men. I know it would be tough, but I would kinda be in control and in charge."
That said, casting Tia as the Bachelorette would make perfect sense, given her strong ties to the Bachelor franchise. As the BFF of Season 21 runner-up Raven Gates, Tia quickly won the hearts of fans with the same type of relatable persona many saw in her friend Raven during Nick Viall's season.
Raven helped to cheer Tia along in her Bachelor journey, and even appeared in her introduction for Arie's season of The Bachelor to offer some important words of wisdom. In fact, Tia told Entertainment Tonight that it was Raven who actually encouraged her to be herself throughout the process:
"She gave me some great advice about just being open and honest and being yourself and speaking your truth. She told me, 'You're an amazing human, you're funny. You have all these things, but you really need to stand up for yourself if necessary,' and I feel like that's what I did."
Although she wasn't selected by Nick in the 21st season finale, Raven later went on to find love during her stint of Bachelor in Paradise; she began dating Adam Gottschalk from Season 13 of The Bachelorette following their meeting in Mexico. So, essentially, when you need someone to give you some good advice on how to find love on the franchise, Raven is definitely your girl.
But if she doesn't get to be the Bachelorette, Tia revealed that she’d also be willing to follow in Raven's footsteps by participating in the franchise's next edition of Bachelor In Paradise:
"I would love to be in Paradise. I would love to continue on this Bachelor journey. Obviously [Raven] had such a great experience with the show that it made me wanna go on the show, and I can honestly say that it's one of the best experiences of my life. I have no regrets."
If you thought that her breakup was hard to watch, then it's impossible to imagine how heartbroken Tia is her break up with Arie. She even told The Hollywood Reporter that "It was tough getting over him," and that her elimination from the show felt "very abrupt." She continued,
"We went from this fantasy fairy tale to going back home and going back to work. I really had to take a few weeks and decompress and reflect on this journey as a whole and not just this breakup. ...It was tough going back home knowing I fell in love with this man.”
It's hard to read that and not hope that she can find love on the franchise someday. But at least now that's she officially picked up the pieces from the broken heart left behind by Arie, Tia sounds as if she's ready to get right back into the dating game one way or another.