Former ‘Bachelorette’ Rachel Lindsay on notorious Chris Harrison interview: ‘I actually have PTSD’

Rachel Lindsay first appeared on

Rachel Lindsay first appeared on “The Bachelor” in 2017. (Photo: CHRIS DELMAS/AFP through Getty Images)

Rachel Lindsay remains to be coping with the fallout from an interview she did with Chris Harrison, who was then the host of The Bachelor, final February. 

“It’s a struggle. I literally have PTSD from that interview… from watching it, from the aftermath,” Lindsay instructed The Alcalde, the alumni journal at her alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin. “Friendships were lost over it; people were calling my job asking for me to get fired. It was total harassment; it was a really tough time. But I guess I couldn’t live with myself if I held back. I just never want to live in a place of regrets, and I feel like I was given this platform for a reason, and I have a certain purpose, and I’m supposed to live that out.”

In Lindsay and Harrison’s awkward trade on Extra, she requested him about his ideas on photographs that had surfaced on-line of contestant Rachael Kirkconnell, who’s white, attending a fraternity social gathering with an antebellum plantation theme in 2018. Harrison defended Kirkconnell, who was, on the time, competing for the franchise’s first Black male star. Harrison requested individuals to have “a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion” and advised that the photographs would have been extra acceptable in 2018. Lindsay pressed him on these feedback, asking, “If I went to that party, what would I represent at that party?” After backlash from Bachelor Nation adopted, Harrison apologized, however he introduced his departure from the long-running franchise in June.

Later the identical month, Lindsay wrote in New York Magazine that she was slicing ties with all issues that needed to do with the relationship present. Subtitled “I thought I could change The Bachelor franchise from within. Until I realized I was their token,” Lindsay’s piece recounted her many frustrations with the ABC present, together with the resistance to vary she encountered there.

Still, Lindsay is placing herself on the market once more, in a brand new guide of essays, Miss Me With That: Hot Takes, Helpful Tidbits, and a Few Hard Truths, out Jan. 25. It accommodates a whole chapter on psychological well being.

“And it’s probably my favorite in the book, because I talk about how I got into therapy and why,” Lindsay mentioned. “It’s interesting in the journey I go through, and the stigma in the community when it comes to Black people… you’re supposed to pray your problems away. I struggled with religion versus therapy, but that is what has kept me grounded. That is what’s kept me sane. Meditating, yoga, just taking a break.”


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