Kaitlyn Dawn Bristowe is a Canadian television personality, podcast host, and former spin class instructor best known for her role as a contestant on the nineteenth season of ABC's The Bachelor, and as the lead on the eleventh season of The Bachelorette.
The daughter of a ballerina, Bristowe grew up in Leduc, Alberta, Canada, and moved as an adult to Vancouver, British Columbia 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. After 3 years in the relationship, Bristowe and Booth ended their engagement.
Bristowe debuted on Broadway hosting the show Home For the Holidays, Live on Broadway which was presented November 17 to December 30, 2017, at the August Wilson Theatre. Vocal performers included Candice Glover, Josh Kaufman, Bianca Ryan, Peter Hollens and Evynne Hollens.
Bristowe's podcast, Off the Vine with Kaitlyn Bristowe, began on May 29, 2017. In each episode, a guest joins her, whether from The Bachelorette or otherwise.
Bristowe launched a line of scrunchies called Dew Edit on June 19, 2018.
Bristowe launched a line of wine called Spade and Sparrows on May 30, 2019.
On May 14, 2020, Bristowe released her debut single "If I'm Being Honest".
On November 2, 2018, Bristowe and Booth made a joint statement that they had broken up. Kaitlyn started dating Jason Tartick from Becca Kufrin's season of The Bachelorette in January 2019. They share a home together in Nashville, Tennessee, with their two golden retrievers.