'The Bachelorette' on ABC: Who is Rachel Recchia? Florida-based pilot is moving on from Clayton Echard mess

The contestant from 26th season of 'The Bachelor' is now on her own quest for love


                            'The Bachelorette' on ABC: Who is Rachel Recchia? Florida-based pilot is moving on from Clayton Echard mess
Rachel Recchia is looking for love (Instagram/pilot.rachel)
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Rachel Recchia is an adventurer at heart, and she's about to embark on a new one as the co-star on Season 19 of 'The Bachelorette.' Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey stand by one another once more as they go on a quest to find love after reaching the final three of Season 26 of 'The Bachelor' with Clayton Echard.

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During the Season 26 finale of 'The Bachelor', Rachel was one of three finalists competing for Clayton Echard's heart, and fans were happy to see her stick up for herself after being dumped by Clayton at the same time as the other non-winner, Gabby Windey. They were even more excited when it was announced that, for the first time in Bachelorette or Bachelor history, there will be two protagonists seeking love rather than just one. When the season premieres this summer, Rachel will share the title with fellow candidate Gabby Windey. We all remember Rachel and Gabby from Clayton Echard's disaster of a season, but the time has come for a closer look at Rachel's life.

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Who is Rachel Recchia?

Rachel is a frequent flier and is looking to find a man who will accompany her around the world on her travels. Rachel's future looks bright after receiving her private pilot license, and she's hoping to meet a co-pilot who shares her spirit of adventure. Rachel is also a flight instructor and has a commercial pilot license, as per her Instagram account. Her grid is full of photos from her travels throughout the world, as well as shots of herself in the cockpit. Rachel, a true romantic, seeks someone who is as lively, passionate, and impulsive as she is. He should be caring, and sympathetic, and MUST be courteous in all aspects of life, including to her, family, and particularly waiters. In the end, Rachel hopes to find wild, mad love that only she and her soul mate understand.

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Rachel's age was confirmed as 25 years when 'The Bachelor' Season 26 premiered. Rachel is based in Orlando and clearly has a full schedule, so her 'final rose' candidate should anticipate racking up some major frequent travel miles. She spends most of her time flying across blue skies thanks to her well-paying job as a pilot. During Season 26 of 'The Bachelor', it was revealed that Rachel is from Clermont, Florida. On her hometown date with Clayton, they ventured kayaking across a swamp near Apopka, Florida. Rachel, on the other hand, has stated on Instagram that she was born and brought up in Chicago, Illinois, and relocated to Florida with her family when she was a teen. She used the hashtags "#gocubsgo" and "#chicagoforever" to express her devotion to the Windy City.

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Rachel is a Harry Potter lover who enjoys chips! According to Rachel's ABC profile, she "could live off" of Flamin' Hot Cheetos. She also hopes to read the Harry Potter novels to her kids one day. Rachel went to Ohio University and was a cheerleader during her college years. Rachel was also a brunette at the time.


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What happened to Rachel Recchia in 'The Bachelor' Season 26?

During Season 26 of 'The Bachelor', Rachel Recchia had an instant connection with Clayton Echard, and their mutual chemistry propelled her all the way to the final three. Clayton was drawn to the flying instructor on the first night. Clayton and Rachel's bond grew deeper with each interaction. During the January 31 episode, she received her first one-on-one date and then earned back-to-back group date roses.

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The Florida native made the final three of 'The Bachelorette' with Season 18 alum Susie Evans and newcomer Gabby Windey. However, in the end, she failed to get a rose from Clayton. Clayton had created a big mess by confessing feelings for and sleeping with both Rachel and finalist Gabby Windey before his fantasy suite rendezvous with Susie. She was angered not just by Clayton's mistreatment of her, but also by his mistreatment of Gabby.

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Despite Clayton's request that she depart, Rachel was determined to fight for the relationship. It didn't stop there, of course. Rachel still had to go one-on-one with Clayton. Rachel was obviously moved, but she told Clayton that he wasn't the cause. Clayton delivered another tired apology that viewers had heard a hundred times before. He offered compassion and sadness, but showed little emotion. In fact, Rachel even questioned whether Clayton was really truly in love with her.

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After unwaveringly supporting one other through the terrible 'dual breakup' in 'The Bachelor' Season 26 finale,' fan favorites and feisty ladies Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey will be by each other's side once more as they embark on a quest to find love. Rachel's love journey will continue on 'The Bachelorette' Season 19 on ABC on July 11th at 8 p.m.

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