10:15am PT by Christina Schoellkopf
'The Bachelorette': Rachel Lindsay Reveals She's Engaged
The second time's the charm for Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay.
The season 13 star revealed Thursday on a press call that she's "very much so in love and very much so engaged."
Ahead of Monday's premiere of the ABC reality dating series, the 32-year-old Texas lawyer told reporters that her journey on The Bachelorette ended in a successful proposal.
She offered this tease of her fiance: "If I had a list he would check everything off."
Lindsay first competed on Nick Viall's 21st season of The Bachelor before being eliminated in his finale three and telling the 34-year-old she was in love with him. Viall ultimately got down on one knee before Vanessa Grimaldi, to whom he remains engaged.
The Dallas attorney made headlines in February when she was announced as the first black lead in Bachelor Nation's 33-season run. Her season again breaks barriers by touting the most diverse cast in the show's 15-year history.
Lindsay appeared giddy about her life post-filming on Thursday. "Every morning I wake up and pinch myself," she said. But she admitted that she and her fiance are already facing the challenge of hiding their relationship from viewers only one week after wrapping production.
"It is hard," she said of keeping the secret. "I'm used to a long-distance relationship where we can't see each other all the time and we can't be public. I'm used to that. But it's hard when you're so excited about something and you can't share it with everyone. But we make sure to communicate with each other all the time, and that's all you can really do."
But don't expect to be hearing wedding bells too soon. She and her lucky man plan to take their time.
"I want us to get the chance to get to know each other. Maybe it will be quick. Maybe it will be a longer engagement like Shawn [Booth] and Kaitlyn [Bristowe]," she said, referencing the former Bachelorette. "We just really want to get to know each other."