Rachel Racchia and Gabby Windy Are Taking Over ABC’s Seasons The Bachelorette It is truly unique and offers its own thorny moments.
Clayton Eckard after the two broke up last season the Bachelor, Rekia and Windy were announced as co-graduations in a surprise format change. The two chiefs shared a pool of male contestants until last week, when they each had to decide which men to invite as their own set of suitors. This has given rise to new challenges, as one man, Logan Palmer, accepts Rose as a member of Reikia’s team, but is eager to turn to Windy.
Both are aware of online criticism from fans about the level of Bachelorette competition, which is perceived as promoting the two stars. “Gabby and I are never fighting, and we never make a decision at the start of the season, without one or the other,” Rekia tells Hollywood Reporter During a joint interview with Windy. “And to hear everyone’s criticism [the men] It’s not like pitting us against each other at all.”
During the conversation below, The Bachelorettes discuss a contestant calling Windy “rough around the edges,” Rachia felt overlooked during Windy’s recent group date, what’s in store for future episodes and this season. Critics of “are missing the point.”
You talked about feeling on the show that people have power. Do you still feel this way?
Gabby Windy: I definitely think there was a bit of a power exchange with the two graduating, and the men are taking it or doing what they can to make sure they are, in fact, the ones who decide. The decision is made, I guess, for lack of better words. It’s always an ups and downs, but I feel like Rachel and I’m doing my best to do what we think is right at the moment and be together and really get into our role. You see we are very emotional and doubt ourselves at times, but you have to go through this to get over it.
Rachel, are you surprised by how upset you got during Gabby’s date this week?
Rachel Rachia: What people really don’t see was during the date, me and Gabby were fine. We were talking about what was happening. It was just a struggle I was going through internally. Emotions are not really something one should be ashamed of. Gabby and I both went through a moment where we didn’t know if we felt seen and chosen by our group of people. And it had been a long time since I saw them. I wanted some acknowledgment from them, but overall, it was something I did in the privacy of my room. I was really just trying to be honest about how I was feeling. I went to talk to the guys afterward, and they really took it on, and they were so comfortable and wonderful the next day. It was definitely something you don’t want to see – one of your bottom moments – but it helped me get to know these people better the next day.
Rachel, we especially see you questioning your decision to go on this journey, and you may or may not have a tease for making any major decisions about your future on the show. How was it to deal with it?
rachia: People are really watching Gabby and I’m seeing it for the first time, and we’re really navigating it on our own. And there are really high, high moments and really low moments. Especially at this point of the journey for me, I was constantly facing many obstacles, and it was really frustrating. People are supposed to get me in touch with my feelings and really go through a process of doubt, which is pretty normal for every single Bachelorette. But I hope people can really see the heights that come after this.
It was hard to watch that rose ceremony with the three disclaimers you talked about. Do you think maybe there might be some way for the format to be different that you don’t go through?
rachia: It’s hard for both Gabby and I to experience rejection in our respective seasons. I think it’s something that in the past the Bachelorette didn’t really have to deal with on the scale that we did. And it hurts your feelings. But about the format, it was really all we were learning as we went. And in a moment it happened. Of course, it was really hard — me that night and Gabby before — to deal with those rejections, but that’s what keeps happening. People get to see this, and hopefully they know we were doing our best this time around.
Gabby, what was your take on Hayden saying the “rough around the edges” comment came from you?
Lost: We chatted, and it was always around how he had never met a woman like me. And so I’m trying to relate, and maybe I joked that I’m rough around the edges. I’m okay with laughing at myself and saying those things, but you can’t throw them back at me. It’s just general decency and social skills. But it was clear that he was acting from a place of insecurity and just wanted me to feel less like him. Looking back, you can see what it is, but like Rachel was saying, it’s tough. We are navigating this new landscape, and no one has gone through it.
Did you know that Logan struggled with who should be on his side?
rachia: It’s really interesting to see it all back. Of course, I was not fully aware of the ongoing situation. I was trying my best to make room for every relationship I had. Logan is accepting my roses, so I guess he’s in for a relationship with me. It’s really hard to see, I’m apologizing for not getting a chance to talk to him, meanwhile, he’s saying how he doesn’t want to be there. It is very disappointing, but he is honest in what he has said, and that is his truth.
In terms of the two-bachelorette setup, were you expecting that, and do you think the makers can continue to tinker with things, if they do it again, to get it right?
Lost: It was great to have someone else, a true friend, watch it with you. Looking back at the criticism and seeing it online, it’s not surprising, but it’s almost like, “Oh, you guys are missing the point.” We’re paying a lot of attention to the men and allowing them to put on a competition. But if you pay attention to the story of Rachel and me, we’re really not. So that’s just the specifics of looking back at it.
rachia: Gabby and I are never fighting, and we never make a decision at the start of the season, without one or the other. And it was not at all to hear all their criticism of pitting us against each other. Like Gabby said, they’re really missing the point of female friendship and we’re navigating it together and showing our true feelings. Hopefully, going forward, they can see a little more of it.
Clearly, fans really want you to have the best mates after everything you’ve been through. How will the audience feel about where things are going?
Lost: Now you will get to see more of a love story and less of two bachelors navigating. Because now we really have to fuel our relationships and move on to romance.
Interview edited for length and clarity.
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