Kaitlyn Bristowe was a contestant on the nineteenth season of The Bachelor where she was rejected by Chris Soules and eliminated from the show in week 9. At the "After The Final Rose" show, it was announced that both Britt Nilsson and Kaitlyn would be on the 11th season of The Bachelorette. On the first night the guys voted for Kaitlyn to be the Bachelorette and Britt was sent home.
The daughter of a ballerina, Bristowe grew up in Leduc, Alberta, Canada, and moved as an adult to Vancouver for a dance scholarship where she became a spin-class instructor.
Bristowe was a contestant on Chris Soules's season of The Bachelor. She caught the audience's attention with her wry, sometimes inappropriate sense of humor. She placed third overall, losing to runner-up Becca Tilley and winner Whitney Bischoff.
On The Bachelor "After the Final Rose" segment, host Chris Harrison announced that season eleven would begin with two Bachelorettes, Bristowe and fellow season nineteen contestant Britt Nilsson, and that the men would vote to keep one of the two women on the first night of the show. Bristowe ultimately earned more votes than Nilsson, and she became the official bachelorette of season eleven. During week four of the season, Bristowe made the controversial decision to allow season ten contestant Nick Viall to enter the competition, after she ran into him during a group date in New York City. Viall became the runner-up when Bristowe chose contestant Shawn Booth. Booth proposed to Bristowe in the season finale, and she accepted.
Bristowe remains engaged to Booth and they have yet to set a wedding date.
In March, 2017, she shared on Instagram, that she had made the decision to freeze her eggs. She had the help of Bachelor (season 19) star Whitney Bischoff who works as a fertility nurse. On the same day Carly Waddell and Andi Dorfman also froze their eggs.