The Bachelorette saw Tayshia Adams get emotional during a candid conversation about the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement on Tuesday’s episode.
The reality star – who is Black and Mexican – opened up about the ongoing calls for justice amid the mistreatment of black people due to police brutality.
Tayshia, 30, was on a one-on-one date with contestant Ivan Hall – who is Black and Filipino – when the pair discussed the ongoing issue.
When Ivan admitted the death of George Floyd had impacted his life, Tayshia began to shed tears as she agreed: ‘I don’t know, just like, the way the world is right now, it’s a lot. And it’s just overwhelming and sometimes I feel like it affects me more than…
‘I’m sorry… But it just like, affects me, really — I don’t know why it does so much, but it hurts a lot.’
Ivan opened up about his younger brother, who was just released from prison after a four-year sentence, and explained how the stories he heard from his brother about his treatment in jail made George’s death impact him in a different way.
Phlebotomist Tayshia added: ‘Lately it’s just been like, I think being in Orange County, surrounded by a lot of people who don’t look like me, being the only person that looks like me, I’m realizing that I’ve been trying so hard my whole life to blend in, because I knew I was different.
‘And then I just remember hearing people yelling Black Lives Matter. I mean, I don’t know why it made me cry. It’s a lot. This conversation is hitting me more than I ever thought.’
She continued: ‘But I didn’t really want to cry about it or open up about it, but hearing people yell Black Lives Matter, it hit me more than I realized, just because those are people in my backyard who I’ve been trying to prove for so long that I’m the same as them.’
Tayshia then praised Ivan as she added: ‘I appreciate you opening up to me about your family and just how this entire year has impacted you, because I haven’t really been able to just talk to someone that really understands me.’
Ivan explained to the camera: ‘I really wanted to put myself out there first to show her that she can open up to me, and she did that. I saw the happy side, I saw the fun side.
‘I also saw the real side and like, it’s just crazy the path we’ve both taken to get here. It’s almost like it’s fate that we’re both here right now and it’s going to be a beautiful love story, for sure.’
The date ended with Tayshia giving Ivan a rose as she stated: ‘I love that we have something that’s something I’ve never experienced before and is so special, so I’d love to be able to continue to explore that with you.’
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