It's not one of the 25 contestants people are talking about leading up to The Bachelorette's season nine premiere on May 27, it's Desiree Hartsock's brother, Nate!
Des' brother made headlines during the last season of The Bachelor when he got into an intense confrontation with Sean Lowe during the hometown visit, after which she was eliminated from the ABC reality hit. The bridal stylist (who designed her dress in the third episode's rose ceremony!) reveals that her brother will be on the show this season, saying, "He was actually very supportive, so he will meet the men!"
But didn't he think The Bachelor was just for playboys, so how did he react to his sister becoming the Bachelorette? Plus, what did Des learn from Sean?
"That was a very Sean-specific conversation and it was because he saw that Sean wasn't right for me," Desiree explains of her brother's infamous fight with Sean last season. "But he is very supporting of me being able to choose and decide what's right for me."
And if her brother isn't bringing the drama, it seems like some of the contestants might! "There are a lot of strong yet emotional men this season, so they do stand up for themselves so that does create a lot of drama," she teases. (One guy makes reportedly makes a play for the fantasy suite on the first night, with Des saying, "It was very uncomfortable, but I kind of took it as a I would in my day-to-day life and kind disregarded his behavior and didn't stand for it!")
So will there be tears? "There's going to be tears, but I really wanted to go onto this show with all of my emotions being shown, so viewers can really see where I am coming from."
As for what she learned from her previous beau Sean, Desiree says, "I learned from Sean I took each and every day separately and really focused on each and every relationship, and I believe Sean was really good at that."
Though Desiree was devastated when Sean sent her home, she says she was emotionally ready to do the show. "I was past that and I knew Sean and I weren't meant to be together," she explains. "I did have to take time on my own to think about it because it is very emotional and it's a personal journey, so I needed to make sure I could share that with the world."
While she can't say if she ends the season engaged or even dating one of the 25 hopefuls, Des says, "I'm glad I did decide to do the show and I was satisfied with my decision throughout. I followed and trusted my heart the best show. I feel I stayed true to myself throughout."
The Bachelorette premieres Monday, May 27 at 8 p.m. on ABC.