Katie confirmed during her confession that there was a pre-existing connection between the two, which is a reminder that Blake had also sent DMs to Clare before he began filming her season. Additionally, Katie said she was struggling to figure out what to do as she knew the other guys would be unhappy if Blake showed up, not to mention that this would be the third Bachelorette to court Blake .

“I’m so nervous right now,” Katie told the camera. “I saw Blake on Tayshia’s season, of course. In fact, Blake and I talked through the DMs. Blake praised me for my bold personality. And I mean he’s a very handsome guy. ”

Ultimately, she told Blake that she would let him know at a later date if he could take part in the season. But after throwing Thomas away, the star told the camera about Blake, “My stomach is telling me, ‘Explore this,’ and I have to follow my heart.”