Michelle Is Back to Teaching—Here’s Where She Is Now & When to Expect Her ‘Bachelorette’ Season

Michelle, "The Bachelor" 2021
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Since she made her debut on Matt James’ season of The Bachelor, fans have wanted to know everything they could about Bachelor 2021’s Michelle Young and when we can expect her season of The Bachelorette.

Michelle was one of five contestants who met Matt, a 29-year-old real estate agent from Raleigh, North Carolina, on the Monday, January 25, episode of The Bachelor season 25. The other women who met Matt on the third episode of his season are Brittany, Catalina, Kim and Ryan. 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 Michelle? Read on for The Bachelor 2021 spoilers we know about Michelle Young and when we’ll see on season 18 of The Bachelorette.

Katie, "The Bachelor" 2021

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Who is Michelle from The Bachelor?

Michelle is a 27-year-old from Edina, Minnesota. In her Bachelor bio, Michelle describes herself as an “over-worker” who is ready to find love and start a family. She also describes her “dream man” as confident but not cocky” and wants someone who will look at her as his equal. “Admittedly, she is an over-worker and says she is here because she is ready to find love and a man with whom to start a family,” Michelle’s Bachelor bio reads. “As a partner, she describes herself as loyal, compassionate and supportive, and shows love through acts of service. Her dream man is confident but not cocky and will look at her as his equal in all things.”

Her bio continues, “When Michelle’s not working, she loves to spend time with friends hiking and wine tasting. She is very adventurous in life and in appetite; she says that all of her favorite restaurants are local food trucks. Michelle has big dreams for the future and says she wants a man by her side that is supportive and driven to make the world a better place. She is looking for the superman to her superwoman and says that, together, she hopes that she and Matt can fall in love and change the world.”

For her fun facts, Michelle lists the following:

– Michelle is a catch-phrase queen.

– Michelle loves to go ice cream taste testing.

– Michelle is not into hot tub dates because they are too cliché.

What is Michelle’s job?

In her Bachelor bio, Michelle reveals that she use to be a Division 1 basketball player. Michelle played basketball at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois from 2011 to 2015.(Matt also played football for his college, Wake Forest University.) After retiring from basketball, Michelle is now an elementary school teacher, who “focuses on preparing her students to be the next generation of community leaders.” She teaches the fifth grade in Bloomington, Minnesota. Michelle, who is also two years younger than Matt, also wasn’t on Instagram until April 2020, not too long before Matt’s season started filming. So you know she’s in it for the right reasons.

Does Michelle win The Bachelor?

Since she first met Matt, fans have wanted to know if Michelle wins The Bachelor. So does she receive Matt’s final rose? (Spoilers ahead.) Sorry to say it, but Michelle is not Matt’s Bachelor winner, but she does make it very, very far. According to Reality Steve, Matt’s final four are Serena P., Bri, Michelle and Rachael. His final five are eliminated in that order, which means that Michelle is Matt’s runner-up and Rachael is his winner. (This also means that Michelle is in the prime place to be the next Bachelorette.) Here’s where the twist comes: Reality Steve also reports that Michelle was eliminated before the final rose ceremony, which makes Matt one of two Bachelors to do this. (The first season 23’s Colton Underwood.) As for Matt and Rachael, Reality Steve reports that they’re not still together and Matt didn’t propose to her either at his final rose ceremony.

As for how Michelle is eliminated, Reality Steve reports that Michelle gave him a matching jersey with her on their last-one-on-one date before the Final Rose Ceremony. However, at their date that night, Matt decides to break up with her. According to Reality Steve, he tells Michelle that he loves her but he’s not in love with her. When Michelle suspects that Matt is breaking up with her because of his feelings for Rachael, he confirms this to her. For more detailed spoilers about Matt’s winner, click here.

Is Michelle the next Bachelorette?

Reality Steve confirmed in March that there will be two Bachelorettes in 2021—one of which is Michelle. Michelle and Katie Thurston, who came in 10th place on Matt’s Bachelor season, were announced as the next Bachelorettes at the “After the Final Rose” special, according to Reality Steve.

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 18 of The Bachelorette, including where it will film.

Where is Michelle now?

After The Bachelor season 25 finale aired, Michelle took to her Instagram with a celebratory post looking forward to her season of The Bachelorette. “And that’s a wrap! 🎬 My family and I have appreciated the overwhelming support that has been shown throughout the season. Thank you for accepting us with open arms ♡ Time to relax, recharge, and trade in these gowns for sweatpants…! At least for a little while anyway 😌” she wrote.

As we explained earlier, Michelle won’t start filming The Bachelor season 18 until the summer because of her job as a teacher. Michelle confirmed that she was back to teaching in February 2021 with a photo of her with a face shield and a mask on in her classroom. “The reality of a teacher’s school year… Thousands of teachers are heading back into the classroom partially vaccinated or not vaccinated at all. So proud of my fellow teachers who have continued to persevere and provide both academic and emotional stability/support for our students! Teachers…WE’VE GOT THIS!! 👏🏽👏🏽,” she wrote.

Around that time, Michelle also shouted out her students in an Instagram post after they appeared on an episode of The Bachelor season 25 to grill Matt about his relationship with their teache. “Shout out to a few special MVP’s from tonight’s episode! 🥰🍎✏️,” she wrote.

The Bachelor is available to stream on Hulu.

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