Born Name: Rebecca Kufrin
Date of Birth: April 3, 1990
Place of Birth: Benson, Minnesota, United States
Residence: San Diego, California, United States
Height: 1.7 m
Education: Prior Lake High School, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Partner(s): Garrett Yrigoyen (2018-present; engaged)
Rebecca Kufrin (born April 3, 1990) is an American publicist and television personality, best known for her role as the winner on the 22nd season of ABC's The Bachelor and the lead of the 14th season of The Bachelorette.
Early life and education
Kufrin was born in Benson, Minnesota, and raised in Prior Lake, Minnesota, the daughter of Jill and Steve Kufrin. She has an older sister named Emily. Kufrin graduated from Prior Lake High School in 2008, and obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2012. Her father died of brain cancer when Kufrin was 19 years old and her mother is a breast cancer survivor.
Before appearing on The Bachelor, she was working at Skyya Communications, a technology public relations agency based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Kufrin was a contestant on Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s season of The Bachelor. After making it to the final 3, her ex-boyfriend Ross Jirgl showed up in Peru and proposed; Kufrin declined. She was initially chosen by Luyendyk as the winner and accepted his proposal at the end of the season. However, Luyendyk dumped Kufrin for the runner-up Lauren Burnham before the season finished airing. The break-up was filmed and the raw, unedited footage was shown on the first night of the two-night finale, a first for The Bachelor.
After Luyendyk ended his engagement with Kufrin on air, Minnesota State Representative Drew Christensen proposed legislation to ban Luyendyk from the state of Minnesota. Additionally fans raised over $6,000 for Kufrin through the Venmo app, which Kufrin in turn donated to Stand Up to Cancer. Her donation was matched by ABC and later matched again by Katie Couric. The Bachelor season 20 lead, Ben Higgins, also pledged to donate the profits from each bag of coffee sold from his company for a 24-hour period. The day after the breakup aired, 12 billboards went up in Kufrin's hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota, as well as 4 in Los Angeles and 1 in Times Square, all showing their support for Kufrin and disgust at Luyendyk's actions. During the March 10, 2018 episode of Saturday Night Live, Cecily Strong portrayed Kufrin in the cold-open, parodying the break-up.
Kufrin was announced as the Bachelorette on March 6, 2018, on ABC's After the Final Rose special. The season premiered on May 25, 2018. In the end, Kufrin chose Garrett Yrigoyen over runner-up Blake Horstmann. During the finale, she and Yrigoyen were given a minivan from ABC as a gift. The couple are engaged and moved to Carlsbad, California, where they live with their adopted corgi, Minno.
Bachelor in Paradise
Kufrin made a brief appearance during season five of Bachelor in Paradise to give advice to the girls and give closure to Colton Underwood.