Season 23 contestant Tayshia Adams revealed to Colton Underwood on The Bachelor that she was previously married — and now, she’s pegged to replace season 16 lead Clare Crawley on The Bachelorette. But what exactly happened between the California native, 29, and her ex-husband and why did they get divorced?
According to court documents obtained by Radar, Joshua Bourelle filed for divorce from Tayshia on October 11, 2017, after they had only been married for one year and six months. The former duo went back and forth several times, but they finalized everything in November 2017.
Joshua was able to keep all of his personal property, clothing and jewelry post-divorce, but the phlebotomist had to return his great grandmother’s diamond. Tayshia also was able to keep all of her personal property, clothing, jewelry, furniture and appliances as well.
Once their marriage was dissolved on April 17, 2018, Tayshia changed her last name back to her given name.
Tayshia didn’t speak much about her ex on the show, but when she and Colton went on their one-on-one date, she opened up about her previous relationship. “This past year and a half has been kind of hard for me and it’s actually because I was married, and I got divorced,” she said. “I actually married my first boyfriend and I was with him for about six years or so.”
The reality contestant said she fought hard to stay with him and thought that she would only be married once. However, they just couldn’t make it work. “You can’t make someone want to be married,” she spilled.
Don’t worry though, she went on the show for the right reasons, stating she hopes her next marriage is “amazing.” Even though it was a tough time for Tayshia, she learned something very valuable: what it takes to make a relationship work.
“My divorced used to be something I was ashamed of,” she wrote in an emotional Instagram post in January 2019. “Because to me it represented, not only to myself but to everyone that knew me, that I had failed at marriage, something I value so highly. It made me question my worth and completely dimmed the light inside of me that used to shine so brightly.”
She added, “It’s been a rough journey to pick up the pieces and rebuild my idea of the life I want, but I will tell you this: I would not be able to be the strong, independent and smiling woman I am today without my faith or the support of my close family and friends that have supported me unconditionally.”
The starlet may finally get her chance to try her hand at love again. Life & Style exclusively revealed ABC producers were considering Tayshia to replace the current season 16 leading lady on The Bachelorette after she had “threatened to quit” the show because she already “fell in love” with contestant Dale Moss just 12 days after filming began. Producers are looking to “match her up with the bachelors who are left” after Clare’s initial cuts.
We’re rooting for you, girl! It seems like this adventure was all worth it.
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