Former Bachelorette Kaitlyn recently revealed that she didn’t take the gig to find love. Instead, she states that she went on the reality TV show to build her brand and “do great things.”
During an appearance at TedxVancouver earlier this year (video below), she was was asked what her true intentions were when she accepted the role of ABC’s leading lady in 2015 and it was clear that she didn’t have love on her mind.
“To build a brand … I’m gonna be honest. I’m not gonna sit here and lie! I wasn’t like ‘I’m gonna go on that television show and meet the love of my life. It wasn’t about fame for me … it was more about doing something greater than I was already doing.”
The “something greater” is a bit confusing considering fans aren’t sure what she was doing before she became the Bachelorette. Other than making it to the final three on Chris Soules season of the Bachelor, blogger Reality Steve states that he isn’t sure what Kaitlyn did for a job before landing the two reality TV gigs.
Oddly enough, she never talked about a previous career to any of the guys on the show — or those conversations weren’t televised.
When asked by a reader what Kaitlyn’s real job was before she joined the Bachelor family, Steve admitted that he wasn’t sure where she worked in the past. However, when questions by fans on Periscope, Bristowe told her followers that she was a dance teacher in the past, but never verified when that was.
For now, Kaitlyn doesn’t have to worry about a job — WetPaint estimates that she is worth at least $3 million thanks to the money she made as the Bachelorette as well as being paid for promoting products on social media.
“I went on thinking I’m going to build this lifestyle brand and I’m going to have this platform and do great things.”
And as far as pushing products to her 1.3 million followers on Instagram, Bristowe admitted during the TedxVancouver interview (scroll down to watch) that she used to “pepper her Instagram feed” with paid promotions, including teeth whitening products, sunglasses, and other items that she was paid to promote. It backfired on her — she said that her followers didn’t like it.
She has since cut back on the daily product pushing on Instagram, but still does paid gigs on both social media and at promotional events. She also promotes her fiance Shawn Booth’s new fitness business that seems to revolve around an endorsement for IdealFit protein supplements.
The only thing better than wine, is chocolate. Honestly I Have NEVER liked protein powder until Shawn introduced me to this. Link in my bio to buy it @idealfit #IdealLean #sp #FourDaysLeftOfDryJanuary
A photo posted by Kaitlyn Bristowe (@kaitlynbristowe) on Jan 27, 2016 at 3:44pm PST
Although Kaitlyn admits that her intentions for becoming the Bachelorette was to “build a lifestyle brand,” she states that she now realize that the reason she went on was to meet Shawn.
Of course, there are skeptics, including former contestant JJ Lane, who told Life Style that Kaitlyn’s relationship with Shawn is strictly about business. With no wedding date set after an almost one-year engagement, many fans wonder if JJ is right.
Kaitlyn made an attempt to set the record straight on Sunday, tweeting that the rumors about their relationship failing are wrong, but time will tell if they beat the Bachelor franchise odds — only five other couples out of a combined 30 seasons of the Bachelor and Bachelorette are still together.
To the writers of gossip magazines: Do you guys feel stupid being wrong all the time? Sincerely, Kaitlyn and Shawn.
— Kaitlyn Bristowe (@kaitlynbristowe) April 10, 2016