Katie Thurston Reveals What She's Looking for in a Relationship Before 'Bachelorette' Premiere
She knows what she wants! Before her search for The One kicks off next week, Season 17 Bachelorette Katie Thurston is revealing what she’s looking for in a relationship.
“I’m Katie. Here are three things I’m looking for in a relationship,” the reigning franchise lead says in a new teaser before listing her non-negotiables: “He’s got to be silly. He has to be kind. And he has to be passionate about what he’s doing in life.”
The stunning Washington native — who fans fell in love with as a contestant on “The Bachelor” Season 25 — then asks her suitors to share what kind of romance they’re hoping to find.
“I’m looking for someone who can be a best friend, somebody who’s eager to see the world,” says Tre, while Josh says he’s simply looking for “authenticity.”
Conor C. explains that “confidence” catches his eye. “Somebody who’s able to give their full heart,” he adds.
Andrew S. is hopeful for a relationship that is able to balance “romance and comedy.” And Gabriel is in pursuit of a woman who “just has a really healthy understanding of who they are.”
Adds Austin, “[I want] somebody that I don’t need to complete but somebody that I can complement.”
Connor B. says his type is “goofy,” while Justin notes, “A little athleticism is always some icing on the cake.”
Quartney says a “great personality and a nice smile” are they keys to his heart. For his part, Hunter is attracted to a great sense of humor. “[My perfect partner] can laugh [and] can roast me,” he says.
Meanwhile, Thomas is optimistic that Katie can keep up with his snacking habits. “[I’m looking for someone who is] able to carry on a conversation but she’s also able to eat as many chicken nuggets as we possibly can together,” he mentions. “She really is special.”
The teaser — which you can watch below — comes just days after Katie applauded her men in a heartfelt note shared via Instagram on May 26.
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“As I reminisce about my journey to find love, I can’t help but get in my feels. You all are about to meet an incredible group of men with fascinating stories to tell,” she wrote alongside a gorgeous promo shot.
“The vulnerability and strength these men show throughout our time together is something I’ll cherish forever,” she continued. “They each hold a special place in my heart.”
Elsewhere, Katie — known for her loyal nature and fierce defense of those she cares about — urged Bachelor Nation to be empathetic as they witness her relationships play out on national TV.
“That all being said, I am protective of them. I remember being on their side of this journey,” said Katie. “Being in the public eye for the first time. Reading what people thought. Please remember to stay kind in this.”
She concluded, “You’ll only get to see a glimpse of how extraordinary they really are. I can’t wait for you to meet them!”
Get to know Katie's men better by reading their “Bachelorette” bios here.
“The Bachelorette” Season 17 premieres Monday, June 7, on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.