Tayshia Adams (born September 4, 1990) is an American television personality. She received national recognition after appearing as a contestant on season 23 of The Bachelor, the sixth season of Bachelor in Paradise. On November 5, 2020, Adams replaced Clare Crawley as the Bachelorette on season 16 of The Bachelorette

Tayshia was born on September 4, 1990 in Santa Ana, California to parents Rosario and Desmond Adams. She has three siblings and was a Girl Scout for 12 years. Adams attended Concordia University Irvine and graduated in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. In addition to being a reality television personality, Adams is also a former phlebotomist.

Tayshia made her debut in The Bachelor franchise in 2019 when she appeared on Colton Underwood’s season of The Bachelor. Adams was one of the final two contestants, alongside Hannah Godwin, both of whom were eliminated when Underwood decided to end the show to pursue Cassie Randolph.

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“I want to experience life with him by my side,” says Tayshia Adams, who got engaged on Tuesday night’s season finale.

After a truly unprecedented season of The Bachelorette, Tayshia Adams found her happy ending.

“If you had told me in March that I’d be getting engaged at the end of the year, I would not have believed it for a second,” says Adams, 30, who got engaged to addiction recovery specialist Zac Clark, 36, on the show’s finale on Tuesday. “But I want to experience life with [Zac] by my side. He’s what I’ve always wanted.”

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Adams, who stepped in mid-season after Clare Crawley’s abrupt departure, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue she felt a connection with Clark early on.

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