Katie Thurston caused some confusion among Bachelor Nation viewers this week. Days after ABC released the another promo for the new season, The Bachelorette star shared a steamy smooch with an unexpected person. Was the outspoken Katie Thurston making a statement about her sexuality?
Katie Thurston Enjoying Girls Weekend With Former Bachelor Competitors
During her time on Matt James’ season, Katie Thurston became close friends with her competitors. That friendship has continued even after their respective shots at love with Matt James ended. Several of them had a West Coast reunion over the weekend.
Katie Thurston was joined by some of the other ladies who arrived in the same limo on night one. Included in the mini vacay were Alana Milne, Sydney Johnson, and Casandra Suarez.
But the foursome were missing one more from that fateful limo ride – Serena Pitt.
Katie Thurston shared a bikini pic with her girl friends.
However, a later pic had fans wondering if that should be “girlfriend.”
Did She Enjoy Herself TOO Much? See Katie Thurston’s Steamy Smooch
As far as fans know, Katie Thurston’s romantic interest is with men. However, a steamy photo of her and Casandra Suarez had fans wondering if Katie might be into women.
In the photo, Suarez is kissing Thurston’s neck seductively underneath a Girls, Girls, Girls sign. Thurston captioned the photo “Whatever floats your boat” with a purple heart emoji.
See steamy smooch that set social media ablaze.
Was she sending a subtle message?
Bachelorette Clears Up Meaning Behind Photo
Needless to say, many people took the photo as something of a coming out announcement. Former Bachelor Colton Underwood’s recent coming out is still fresh in the minds of Bachelor Nation fans.
Once Katie Thurston saw the chatter about her photo, she took to the comments to clear it up. She wrote that she “did not intend” the photo to mean more than a “friendship post.” Furthermore, she points out that she has “never” spoken publicly about her sexuality and she isn’t starting “with this picture.”
However, she sends “nothing but love for everyone.”
Is Katie Thurston Single or Engaged?!
Katie Thurston’s photo piqued the interest of many of her followers. Could they be seeing the first LGBTQ season in Bachelor Nation history? Her statement seems to shoot that down.
Casandra Suarez stoked rumors by posing this question to fans: “Did Katie actually end up with me, yes or no?”
This comes after Katie Thurston teased fans with a virtual date with “someone special.”
As much as fans want to see it, it seems like the photo was an innocent smooch. Did the photo make you question if Katie Thurston was opening up about her sexuality?
Season 17 of The Bachelorette premieres in just a few weeks. So far, we know that one contestant makes quite the entrance. People reports that Katie Thurston gets fiery with her suitors, telling them “If you are not here for the right reasons, there’s the door.”
The Bachelorette kicks off on June 7, only on ABC.
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