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Rachel Lindsay thinks the ‘Bachelorette’ should be older than 23

Rachel Lindsay found love with fiancé Bryan Abasolo on her season of “The Bachelorette” and will be tying the knot in a Caribbean wedding this August but finding real love on the ABC show is a rarity.

At WE tv’s “Bridezillas” event in New York City, Lindsay told Page Six why she thinks ABC producers should choose a “Bachelor” or “Bachelorette” that is older to ensure that the lead is ready to settle down.

“If you’re wanting somebody who’s committed to marriage and a proposal, and I guess to embody what the ideals of the show are, then you’re going to have to choose older,” Lindsay — who was 31 when her season was filmed — said. 

The former “Bachelorette” listed herself and Arie Luyendyk Jr., who was 36 during his season, as examples of leads who have been serious about walking down the aisle. In January, Luyendyk Jr. married fiancée Lauren Burnham, and the couple is expecting their first child together. “Arie — even though it was quite unconventional — it worked out,” Lindsay said.

On the most recent season of “The Bachelor,” lead Colton Underwood chose an unconventional route by not proposing to Cassie Randolph in the finale. Underwood, 27, told People, Randolph “doesn’t have a ring on her finger yet, but she will, one day.”

ABC announced that one of the women who appeared on Underwood’s season, Hannah Brown, will be the next “Bachelorette.”

In response to ABC’s choice, Lindsay, now 33, said, “When people ask me about the new ‘Bachelorette,’ I say, ‘Well, I hope she has the time of her life. She’s 23. As she should.”

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