Katie Thurston on The Bachelor: 5 Quick Facts to Know
Katie Thurston made one of the most memorable entries of all time The single person when she showed Matt James his trusty vibrator that got her through the pandemic. But in the weeks since his daring entry to air on ABC, Thurston also endeared himself to America with his kindness, maturity, and compassion.
Thurston was the one who sat down with Sarah Trott after several other contestants were accused of harassing her, and Thurston defended five newcomers who were abused by the women who arrived in the season premiere.
It was Thurston who ultimately told James he should tackle the culture of bullying among the candidates, which led to the departure of Victoria Larson and Anna Redman.
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1. Thurston is a bank marketing director
Thurston, 30, is listed as “Bank Marketing Manager” on ABC, and appears to work for First Financial Northwest Bank in Seattle, Washington.
She put this career on hold to appear on The single person, but posted Instagram stories in 2021 that show she returned to work at her desk job. But will his newfound fame change his career path? It certainly could.
Thurston ABC Profile says she “would love to host her own talk show someday.”
2. She amassed a big TikTok after “The Bachelor”
Thurston has more a quarter of a million followers on TikTok, and while many of them came after she appeared on The single person, she already had a large following before her debut on national television.
His biography on TikTok reads “Adult Humor (18+)” and contains many wild Thurston anecdotes. His most popular video – which has been viewed over five million times – explains how the pandemic led to more masturbation and how Casper the Friendly Ghost was the first movie that gave her “tingling sensations” as a child.
Sexual positivity has been Thurston’s hallmark since the first few seconds of The single person, and she is clearly stick to it.
3. Her father died when she was 21
During Thurston’s moving conversation with fellow competitor Sarah Trott, Trott revealed that his father had Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and may only have a few weeks to live. It struck a chord with Thurston, who revealed his father had passed away almost ten years ago.
“My father passed away in 2012, so I encourage you 100% to be with him” Thurston told Trott. “If I could get back the minutes I had with him… I understand that more than I would like.” Knowing that, yes that changes everything. And I missed my goodbyes to my dad, so I would never want that for you.
How Thurston’s father died and why she hasn’t had a chance to say goodbye to him has yet to be revealed on the show.
4. Thurston played volleyball in high school
Thurston showed some of his athleticism during a boxing-themed group date when she beat Jessenia Cruz in a workout. But his true skills would shine if there was a volleyball date on The single person.
Thurston posted a photo on Instagram with a volleyball in August 2020, so apparently she hasn’t fully put the sport behind her.
5. Thurston would be the next “Bachelorette”
Just a few hours later Bachelor producer Mike Fleiss teased that the announcement of the next lead of The bachelorette was coming soon, Reality spoiler expert Steve beat him to the fist and reported that Thurston was cast for the role.
While Thurston apparently denied the news was true, and another candidate, Mari Pepin, said the report was “false”, these seem to be battles over semantics. Reality Steve originally wrote that the decision was announced at “Women Tell All” special, but clarified that the the decision was finalized there. He said the announcement of the news is imminent.