Brooke said about the new role, “I am so ready for this. I’ve done it twice before and now, having the opportunity to choose my person and who I want in my life, is a truly unique and special experience.” Brooke added, “My perfect person is someone that loves me for me. I hope thy offer shared values and compassion for others. All the dreamy things! I’m so excited and hope that I finally find that person I’ve been waiting for.”
As the first bisexual and Indigenous bachelorette, Brooke will make history. The 26-year-old said in an interview with The Daily Telegraph, “Times are more progressive and sexuality and gender expression are just so fluid these days. I am not too sure if Australia is ready for it. I hope they are. I certainly am.”
And we certainly hope they are, too. Having Brooke take the title of bachelorette is a huge win for diversity and the significance of such a decision shouldn’t be underestimated. To celebrate love of all kinds on the screen is to inspire young people of all ages to embrace their sexuality and take pride in their identity. Though the format of the show is yet to be released, nor are there any revelations about contestants, we can only hope that the casting is more diverse and that there are male and female contestants.
Brooke’s announcement comes after it was revealed Jimmy Nicholson would be the new bachelor for 2021, also delivering some much-needed diversity. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, he said he was excited for the new season, telling the publication, “I am ready to open up my heart and meet someone.”
He went on to add, “I hope to meet someone with similar values that I can have fun with and that shares the same zest for life as myself. The Bachelor franchise has produced many success stories and I hope to be next.”
The new series of The Bachelor is set to air on Ten very soon.