11:07am PT by Jackie Strause
'Bachelorette' Rachel Lindsay: I Was "Heartbroken" After 'The Bachelor' Elimination
Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay is opening up about her yet-to-be-seen TV breakup with Nick Viall.
The 31-year-old Texas attorney has already been tapped to lead the next cycle of the ABC franchise, even though viewers are currently watching her on The Bachelor as one of four women still in the running.
"He let me go. I was shocked, too," she told Ellen DeGeneres on Friday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show of the breakup not being her decision. "I really thought that Nick and I had a really strong connection and I was pretty heartbroken when it happened. But I've moved on since then."
Lindsay became the first black contestant to receive the series' "first impression rose," marking her as a frontrunner from the beginning of Viall's season. Her history-making casting as the next Bachelorette makes her the first black lead on the franchise in its combined 33 seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.
Her early announcement as the Bachelorette, however, simultaneously served as a spoiler to the ending of Viall's season, shocking many viewers who were rooting for Lindsay to be the last woman standing on the show's March 13 finale.
"It was something different for me to try and I really had a connection with Nick and I was shocked," Lindsay continued about the breakup, which happened three months ago. "I was kind of skeptical that it would happen that fast, but it did."
She added, "It didn't work out, I guess he was looking for something else. His loss."
On Monday's episode of The Bachelor, Lindsay brought Viall home to Dallas to meet her family during the week of hometown dates. After joining her at church and stepping into the hot seat to discuss his feelings on interracial relationships, the Bachelor earned her family's approval. “My chemistry with Rachel is probably my most explosive chemistry I have with any of the women," he told the camera. "She has all of the qualities I'm looking for in a wife.”
It remains to be seen in which episode Lindsay and Viall will meet their end.
Viall was similarly coy about the details behind his decision when he visited DeGeneres' show last week.
"We did [have chemistry]," Viall told the host and avid Bachelor watcher. "Rachel and I had an amazing amount of chemistry from the very first night — she got the first impression rose. I’m very excited for her. I think she’s going to be an amazing Bachelorette."