Everyone seemed to have an opinion on The Bachelor contestant Jubilee Sharpe this season. Chris Harrison called her complicated, Ben Higgins worried that she was too closed off and fans thought she was strong and empowered.
On last night’s Women Tell All episode, Sharpe spoke for herself. She opened up about her childhood in Haiti, sharing a devastating past. “My three brothers and my parents died, but I don’t know the details. I was 6, but I don’t remember my parents. My 4-year-old little sister and I went to live with my grandmother, but she had leprosy and was dying and too sick to take care of us, so she put me and my little sister in an orphanage,” she said.
She expanded on her life story for People. “My dad came to Haiti to do relief work, and he showed up to the orphanage and [wanted to adopt me]. He tried to adopt my sister, but after they went through the medical process, they found out she had an incurable disease and wasn’t able to be adopted.
“The person who did my adoption told me [that my sister] was probably dead,” says Sharpe. “That’s where my guilt had come from.”
According to E! Online, Sharpe has advanced to become a sergeant in the Army and will soon graduate from cardiovascular sonography school. “I live a normal low-key life,” she said. After the past she’s had, that alone seems like something to be grateful for.
Blogs are already calling for Sharpe to be the next Bachelorette, which would make her the first non-white lead in the franchise’s history.