Noongar Yamatji woman Brooke Blurton has been announced as Network 10’s next Australian Bachelorette.
Blurton, a fan favourite of the Bachelor franchise, will be the nation’s first Aboriginal and bisexual Bachelorette.
The 26-year-old youth worker was born in Carnarvon, Western Australia. She first featured in the sixth season of the popular reality series The Bachelor which starred former Australian rugby union star Nick Cummins.
Since then, Blurton has appeared on spin-off series Bachelor in Paradise in 2019 and will now take centre stage in The Bachelorette, which will screen on Network 10 later this year.
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Being the first openly bisexual bachelorette, Blurton’s season will see both men and women compete for her heart — a first in the show’s history.
“I am so ready for this. I’ve done it twice before and now, having the opportunity to choose my person and who I want in my life, is a truly unique and special experience,” Blurton said in a statement.
“My perfect person is someone that loves me for me.”
“I hope they offer shared values and compassion for others. All the dreamy things! I’m so excited and hope that I finally find that person I’ve been waiting for.”
Host of The Bachelorette Australia Osher Günsberg said it is a first for the Network and the show.
“We are a nation of people from so many different backgrounds, so many different cultures and so many different experiences, yet we all have one thing in common — we all want to be loved in a way that is meaningful to us,” he said.
“I can’t wait to get started on helping our Bachelorette Brooke find that kind of love.”
The announcement by Network 10 has seen praise from many, including Gomeroi woman and education academic Amy Thunig.
🚨The 2021 Bachelorette has been announced & it’s the AMAZING, kind, clever & stunning Brooke Blurton 🌹 @BrookeBlurton is bi so suitors will be mixed genders 🌈 This is history making stuff & the kind of representation that saves lives fam 😭 ❤️ I’m so happy! #BacheloretteAU
— Amy Thunig (@AmyThunig) May 19, 2021
By Rachael Knowles