'The Bachelorette' 2020: 5 things to know about Tayshia Adams, Clare Crawley's replacement

CARSON BLACKWELDER
·3 min read

With Clare Crawley having "blown up" season 16 of "The Bachelorette," Tayshia Adams is taking over as the lead.

Crawley left the show after falling for contestant Dale Moss, whom she is now engaged to. Adams, a 30-year-old Californian, picks up where Crawley left off, on the quest to find her future husband in one of the 16 suitors who's still in it.

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Before you follow along with Adams' reality TV journey -- this time with her at the helm -- get to know her a little better with these five fun facts:

She's not new to Bachelor Nation

Fans will recall Adams as a contestant on season 23 of "The Bachelor," where she vied for Colton Underwood's heart only to have her own heart broken in a dramatic finale. After this, Adams took part in season 6 of "Bachelor in Paradise," where she dated fellow contestant John Paul Jones.

PHOTO: Tayshia Adams, a huge fan favorite from œ'The Bachelor' and 'Bachelor in Paradise' has arrived to find the love of her life.  (Craig Sjodin/ABC)
PHOTO: Tayshia Adams, a huge fan favorite from œ'The Bachelor' and 'Bachelor in Paradise' has arrived to find the love of her life. (Craig Sjodin/ABC)

She's a podcast host

Though she used to be a phlebotomist, Adams has turned her time in the spotlight into a job hosting a podcast called "Click Bait" alongside fellow Bachelor Nation favorites Hannah Ann Sluss and Joe Amabile.

According to the show's description, the trio "dissect the wildest, most ridiculous and bizarre headlines of the week in pop culture, breaking down all the clickbait so you don't have to." Each week they welcome celebrity guests -- such as recent "Dancing With the Stars" contestant Chrishell Stause.

She's been married before.

During a one-on-one date in Singapore on her season of "The Bachelor," Adams told Underwood about her first marriage. She opened up about how she had married her first boyfriend, Josh Bourelle, whom she was with for a total of about six years.

"I guess I could kind of sense we weren't doing very well and I think that's why I fought so hard just to try to do as much as I possibly could," Adams shared on the ABC series. "Being a Christian woman, you think you get married once and that's going to be it, and you expect that from your partner as well, but you can't make someone want to be married."

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At the time, she said this relationship and the aftermath was "the toughest thing" she had gone through, and was what made her "so strong and fearless."

Adams later shared on her own podcast that she went to therapy in an attempt to save her marriage and how she walked away after that knowing it was "a chapter closed" for good.

Then, on an episode of Nick Viall's podcast, she revealed her ex-husband put her in a "really low place" because he was "unfaithful" and that "divorce sucks."

PHOTO: Tayshia Adams is 'The Bachelorette'. (Kwaku Alston/ABC)
PHOTO: Tayshia Adams is 'The Bachelorette'. (Kwaku Alston/ABC)

She didn't get advice from Crawley

Adams told Jimmy Kimmel she "unfortunately" didn't get to have a meeting with Crawley before taking over as this season's lead because there "was a lot going on."

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"I wish she would have so she could have, like, thrown me a bone and warned me about a guy or two," Adams then admitted, hinting that there is more drama to come this season.

She's part of history in the franchise

Adams is just the second Black woman to lead "The Bachelorette," following in the historic footsteps of season 13 star Rachel Lindsay. Overall, she is the third Black lead in the franchise history, as Matt James has been announced as the first Black man to lead "The Bachelor" for season 25 of that series.

This, of course, is in addition to Adams being the first-ever mid-season replacement for either "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette."

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