You're probably aware that this isn't Brooke's first rodeo. She famously starred as a contestant on season six of The Bachelor (and in a move we can only describe as breathtaking, ended up walking away from Nick 'Honey Badger' Cummins after deciding he wasn't the one). She later starred on the second series of Bachelor in Paradise.
So we're excited to see the proud Noongar-Yamatji woman take centre stage in this year's series of The Bachelorette. Because frankly? It's where she belongs. Incidentally, Brooke is Australia's first openly bisexual Bachelorette, so it's fair to say that we're looking forward to a Bachelorette season like no other.
Editor's note: The below conversation has been edited for length and clarity.
MTV Australia: Hi Brooke! Let's jump straight in. What was it about right now that that made you feel you were ready to be the next Bachelorette?
Brooke Blurton: I think it was [during COVID] that I learned a lot about myself and what I wanted in a partner and what I wanted for myself. It always comes down to timing, and I think I was in the right timing of my life to say yes and give it a crack. Obviously I've already been on The Bachelor and Bachelor in Paradise, so I thought, "maybe I'll be third time lucky".
After I was on The Bachelor I had a very loving, flourishing relationship. But I think it's really important to be on the same timeline as your partner which is what I learned from that relationship.
That's what I'm going to take into this next experience: a bit more directness about what I want and what I'm looking for.
And what sort of partner are you looking for?
Hopefully, the person that I'm looking at [at] the end has compassion, has empathy, and is on my wavelength; whether that's in terms of cultural values or just their values as a person. And that they're just really open-minded about this experience.
I'm not about a person's physical features, I'm more about the nature of a person and what they bring to the table.
That's what's really refreshing about this season. I'll be able to reveal more about my personality and what I'm looking for in my special person.
Did you have any reservations about taking on such a public role?
No, no reservations. Though I did have some sense that Australia might not be ready for the type of show that I wanted in terms of casting both male and female [contestants].
I've always been such an open and honest person. My sexuality has always been an honest conversation that I've had with myself and also with other people [so that's how I needed to approach the show]. I've previously dated women and we've been in exclusive relationships, and I've also done that with males. I have no preference around gender. I look beyond that.
You said on The Project that you do feel some pressure to find someone at the end. How are you managing that?
I think a lot of the comments that have come through have been like, 'Don't pull a honey badger.' But it's worth noting that even if that was the case [and I didn't find the love of my life], I hope that people understand the reasons why. I wouldn't just do it just for the sake of it. But I don't have any plans to not pick someone (Laughs).
I'm just so excited to hopefully find that special person and I hope at the end that I am standing there and, as much as it's going to be such an emotional ride, I hope it's worthwhile.
I'm sure it will be. And you're going in with such openness and authenticity and I think that's what viewers want to see.
Yeah, definitely. I give reasons to why I make decisions, I never really make irrational decisions just because. I have reasons for why I do things.
It's going to be such an amazing experience for not only myself, but for the audience, so I hope they really enjoy watching the season.
Your 2019 TED Talk was so inspiring. Are we going to hear more about your personal journey on the show? And is there anything you're hoping people take away from your story?
Yeah, absolutely. I think my TED talk was a representation of what I've been through where I am now, and I think the audience will see a lot more of my personality come out in the show. I really do hope so, because there is so much to show about me.
You mention your career as a youth worker. Could you talk us through what that work looked like?
Obviously because of this experience, my job is on hold for now. And I'm OK with that, because I've been given this opportunity and I'm so excited to take it on.
After the show, I look forward to going back to youth work, working with young kids. I worked with a range of different young people, people that broadly come from hardship. Kids disengaged from mainstream schooling, kids that have been exposed to drugs, alcohol, and violence. So a range of different kids, both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, but also immigrant children. All sorts of young people.
That's really cool. And obviously the representation [as a First Nations and bisexual woman] that you're bringing to the format is huge. How do you feel about about spearheading such a momentous time in Bachelor history? Not just in Australia but worldwide?
I think I haven't really processed the gravity of it. I think for me, it's always just about my personal journey and where this experience is going to take me and what I want out of it.
Of course, I do carry a lot of responsibility, and there's a bit of pressure in that as well. Hopefully we won't be having these conversations in the future, it will just be... I mean, what is normal? But it will be some part of the norm where we accept and we don't have to bring it up all the time.
And as a society, I do feel we're heading the right direction and I think we're still continuing in the right direction. But it's still such a long way to go, right? Especially with First Nations representation, and also for the LGBTQIA+ community. But I'm really excited to be the first bisexual Bachelorette. In future seasons maybe they'll just have a completely lovely non-binary season, who knows.
That would be amazing. Could you talk us through how the logistics of having both male and female contestants is going to work? Because obviously this will be a first for the show.
Yeah, absolutely. Well, the logistical stuff is still being teased out and I think we have decided that we would have both sexes living independently, so they will be having a separate house. Just for the nature of privacy, I think the girls might feel uncomfortable with the men in the same house. I can't pre-empt these things, but I know that's what I would feel like if I was a female in a house full of males, too. And I was a previous contestant and I really like having that privacy, so I have requested that that's the case.
And I know that a lot of questions are being about whether the contestants will fall in love [with each other], and what we'll do. And it will inevitably happen, and if it does happen, then you have to have a very chilled attitude towards it, because I can't stop it from happening. That's the nature of the beast.
It'll be an interesting watch. You've been on TV before, what it's like to watch yourself back?
Oh, it's such a surreal thing. You do partly cringe at looking at yourself constantly all the time and hearing yourself back. I really do love production and filming. I hope at the end [of this process, I leave with] an authentic relationship that I've developed with someone.
This piece was written by Alice Griffin, the editor of this very site. The Bachelorette will air on Network 10. Catch up on past seasons of the show on 10 play.
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