Where Is Katie Now? Here’s What to Know About Her Sex-Positive Bachelorette Season

Katie, "The Bachelor" 2021
Photo: Courtesy of ABC.

Since she gave her vibrator to Matt James on the premiere of The Bachelor season 25, fans have wanted to know more Bachelor 2021’s Katie Thurston.

Katie was one of 32 contestants who met Matt, a 29-year-old real estate agent from Raleigh, North Carolina, on the Monday, January 4, premiere of The Bachelor season 25. Matt, who is the best friend and roommate of Bachelorette alum Tyler Cameron, was announced as the season 25 Bachelor in June 2020. Unlike the previous Bachelors, Matt is the first Bachelor since Brad Womack in 2011 to not be a former Bachelorette contestant. (Though he was cast for Clare Crawley’s season of The Bachelorette in 2020, he never made it on the show, as he was chosen as the Bachelor soon after.)

Matt is also the first Black Bachelor in the franchise’s 15-year-plus history. Overall, he’s the third Black lead after season 13 Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay and season 16 Bachelorette Tayshia Adams. “It’s an honor,” Matt told Good Morning America in June 2020 after he was cast. “I’m just going to lean into myself and how my mom raised me and hopefully when people invite me into their homes on Monday night they’re going to see that I’m not much different from them and they see that diverse love stories are beautiful.”

So what’s what we know about Matt. But what about Katie? Read on for The Bachelor 2021 spoilers we know about Katie Thurston—and when viewers can expect her on The Bachelorette season 17.

Katie, "The Bachelor" 2021

Image: Courtesy of ABC.

Who is Katie from The Bachelor?

Katie is a 30-year-old from Renton, Washington. In her Bachelor bio, Katie describes herself as a “witty storyteller” who is looking for a “loving and committed partner.” She also calls herself “daring and adventurous,” so expect a lot of antics between her and Matt. “Katie knows exactly what she wants in a man and is done wasting her time on boys who won’t live up to her expectations,” her bio reads. “She is a witty storyteller who says when she finds someone worth committing to, she is the most loving and committed partner anyone could ask for. Katie is daring and adventurous.”

Her bio continues, “While Katie is serious about finding her person, she needs a man who can laugh along with her but is okay with him laughing at her too when the moment calls for it. Katie is looking for a mature man who has ambitions to succeed in everything he does, both personally and professionally. Her dream man will be passionate about building a long-term life with her and will treat Katie as his equal in the relationship. Nothing turns her off more than someone who sits around playing video games all day or a man who tries to kiss her at the inopportune moment … it’s all about creating the right vibe with Katie! Will Matt be able to live up to Katie’s standards?”

For her fun facts, Katie lists the following:

– Katie’s idea of a fun date is going skinny-dipping.

– Katie would love to host her own talk show one day.

– Katie once planned a dog flash mob that got a huge turnout.

What is Katie’s job?

In her Bachelor bio, Katie lists her job as a bank marketing manager. In an Instagram in December 2021, Katie said it was “super awkward” to see her co-workers for the first time since she left to film The Bachelor and for her to know that they saw the non-work side of herself.

Along with her desk job, Katie is a famous TikToker under the handle @ventwithkatie with more than 249,000 followers (and counting) and 1.4 million likes. Her TikTok includes all sorts of content from parodies to challenges to Bachelor videos, but what Katie was best known for among her subscribers before she was a reality TV star was her sex-positive content. (People may have guessed that when she shut down Victoria for trying to shame her for bringing her vibrator to The Bachelor.) One of her most popular videos was a storytime in June 2020 where she talked about having sex with a ghost.

@ventwithkatieSince they want to mute my video, let’s try reposting without hashtags and see what happens. I read the rules. I didn’t break any here.♬ original sound – Katie

Did Katie win The Bachelor?

Katie was a favorite among Bachelor Nation, but what about Matt? Does Katie win The Bachelor? Sorry to say it, Katie fans, but she doesn’t receive Matt’s final rose. (Spoilers ahead.) In fact, Katie doesn’t even make it to Matt’s final five. Katie was eliminated on episode 6 of The Bachelor season 25 on February 8 after her one-on-one date with Matt. In the episode, Matt tells Katie that he doesn’t see him as his future wife, even though they have fun together.Needless to say, Katie is blindsided when she’s driven away in a van.

As for who does make it to the end of Matt’s season, his final four are Serena P., Bri, Michelle and Rachael. Matt’s final five are sent home in that order, Serena P. is eliminated after Hometown Dates, Bri is eliminated after Fantasy Suites, Michelle is eliminated before the final rose ceremony and Rachael is Matt’s winner. Matt didn’t propose to Rachael and they are no longer together. For more detailed spoilers about Matt’s winner, click here.

Is Katie the next Bachelorette?

Katie was a fan favorite on The Bachelor season 25 for her no B.S. attitude toward Victoria and Serena C. So is she still single after Matt eliminated her? Looks like she is and she’s ready to find love again! Though Katie doesn’t win Matt’s season, Reality Steve reported in February 2021 that she was chosen as the new Bachelorette. According to the site, Katie was chosen as the season 17 Bachelorette around the “Women Tell All” filming for Matt’s Bachelor season in February 2021. Variety also confirmed that Katie is the next Bachelorette. Katie, for her part, denied that she was officially chosen as the next Bachelorette on The Tamron Hall Show at the time.

“I’m not [the Bachelorette] as far as I know,” Katie said at the time. “When I woke up to the 50 texts, I had a little panic attack. The first person I had to call was my mom and say, ‘That’s news to me.’ I think it came out that it was told at ‘Women Tell All,’ which is not true. So until I hear otherwise, officially, news to me.”

By March 2021, however, Reality Steve confirmed that Katie had indeed been announced as the next Bachelorette on the “After the Final Rose” special. But Katie isn’t the only Bachelorette this year. Guest host Emmanuel Acho announced at “AFR” that Michelle will also be a Bachelorette.

Here’s how it will work, according Reality Steve: Katie will film her season first, starting in March 2021, and will air her season in the summer. Michelle will start to film her season around July 2021 and air her season in the fall. In between Katie and Michelle’s seasons will be Bachelor in Paradise, which will start filming in June 2021 and will air later in the summer after Katie’s Bachelorette finale but before Michelle’s season premieres.

So why are there two Bachelorettes? Well, according to Reality Steve, Michelle was the first choice for the season 17 Bachelorette but because of her job as an elementary school teacher, she didn’t want to leave her students during the school year like she did when she was a contestant on Matt’s season. So ABC decided to postpone filming for her until the summer when school is out. While school is in session for Michelle, Katie will film and air her season of The Bachelorette, so viewers aren’t left without a Bachelor Nation show on air. Click here for more about season 17 of The Bachelorette, including where it will film.

The Bachelor airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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