THE Bachelorette star Katie Thurston revealed she’s seeing a doctor for her “anxiety” next week.
The 30-year-old is set to lead the new season of the ABC reality series, which premieres in June.
Katie became a fan-favorite of Bachelor Nation while appearing on Matt James’ season of The Bachelor earlier this year.
Though beloved by viewers for standing up to bullying among the contestants, she was eliminated in Week 6, placing in 11th.
A few weeks after her elimination, it was announced that Katie would be the next Bachelorette, and now she’s gearing up for the premiere of her season, which includes making sure she’s taking care of her mental health.
During an Instagram Q&A with fans, one follower asked if she’s “happy,” to which the reality star shared “the short answer is yes.”
Wanting to be “transparent” with everyone, Katie admitted that it’s not always easy to be happy and that she has “anxiety,” which she’s going to get help for.
“I think with happiness, it’s not something that you have but something you create,” she told fans. “And it’s something that you have to create daily.”
She continied: “That, I think, is the biggest thing that I’m learning right now, is how to be happy.
“That includes eliminating bad people from your life, that includes not reading the comments.
“For me, that includes seeing the doctor, which I’m going to go do on Monday, about anxiety.”
Katie explained that finding a good routine is also important to her, as is surrounding herself only with things and people that make her happy.
“With it being Mental Health Awareness Month, I just thought it would be– I just thought I would be open,” she added.
“Everyone thinks I have this great, exciting life, and I do, but there’s a lot of hardship that comes with it, and I’m just gonna always want to be transparent with you guys, and just share my struggles and my successes as I figure things out as we go.”
Part of her current happiness might be linked to her getting “engaged” to a male suitor during her season of The Bachelorette.
Producers “pushed” for a happy ending, The Sun can reveal, as after the show’s racism scandal execs felt “pressured” to deliver a proposal.
The 30-year-old Washington native will successfully give out her final rose after the last contestant standing got down on one knee, an insider revealed.
A source close to the series told The Sun: “Viewers want to see a happy ending and the last few years haven't delivered that.
“The show has been wrapped up in turmoil and execs felt it was crucial for the future of the franchise to have a more traditional, happy ending this season.
“Producers didn't force Katie to get engaged but there was definitely pressure for it to end in that result. Luckily, it all worked out.”
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