Everything we know about Brooke Blurton, The Bachelorette’s first openly bisexual, Indigenous lead
Historically not the most diverse reality show, The Bachelorette Australia has unveiled its newest leading lady, and it’s a huge win for representation.
Brooke Blurton has been announced as Australia’s newest Bachelorette, making her the first openly bisexual star of the show. As a proud Noongar-Yamatji woman from Western Australia, she is also the series’ first Indigenous lead.
Casting for the dating show is open now, encouraging both men and women aged 23-35 to apply, with filming to start in June this year.
“I am so ready for this,” Brooke said in a press release. “I’ve done it twice before and now, having the opportunity to choose my person and who I want in my life, is a truly unique and special experience.
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“My perfect person is someone that loves me for me,” she said. “I hope they offer shared values and compassion for others. All the dreamy things! I’m so excited and hope that I finally find that person I’ve been waiting for.”
You’ve seen her before
Brooke was actually a frontrunner to win the heart of Nick ‘Honey Badger’ Cummins in the 2018 season of The Bachelor, but she quit the show close to the end of the season.
“I thought there was definitely chemistry there and we’d developed something good. I thought maybe I would be the girl there at the end. But then he stopped the cameras and like smothered his mic to tell me that he wasn’t going to pick anyone in the end,” she spilled later, during her appearance in Bachelor In Paradise.
“He told me not to tell anyone and, like, I protected him for that reason. It ate at me … I couldn’t tell the other girls and I felt that was really sh–t.”
She’s proud of her cultural identity
Brooke is a Noongar-Yamatji woman born to an Aboriginal-Malaysian mum and her father is English. Her grandmother is Noongar.
In a TedX talk on the topic of identity recorded in 2019, Brooke recalls feeling different while at school, being teased and bullied for the colour of her skin.
“I was fairer than some of the Aboriginal kids and they would call me a ‘half-caste’,” she said, “meaning I simply wasn’t Aboriginal enough for them.”
There’s trauma in her childhood
Her mother experienced a long struggle with substance addiction. Brooke was 11 when she found her grandmother in her garden having had a stroke, and Brooke was the one who called the ambulance.
It was just days later when Brooke’s mother died by suicide and while sleeping after an exhausting day at the funeral, she was sexually assaulted.
She’s a fierce advocate for mental health
Brooke is a passionate youth worker, particularly those who have experienced homelessness and trauma. With suicide the leading cause of death in young people, Brooke believes identity plays a huge part in those statistics.
“It starts with helping them gain strength and resilience in where they belong and where they fit into this world.”
She loves sport
If you take a scroll through Brooke’s social media account, you’ll see she loves footy. And in fact, AFL and sport more generally was an outlet for her growing up.
You’ll frequently find her playing in charity matches and cheering on the Aussie cricket team.
Don’t call her an influencer
In her TedX talk, Brooke talks about how she could have easily fallen into the world of being an influencer and getting free stuff after finding fame in 2018 on The Bachelor. But she’s more dedicated to bettering the lives of young people through the work she does. Super admirable.