Lexi Young, of Atlanta, has voluntarily left season 28 of...

Lexi Young, of Atlanta, has voluntarily left season 28 of “The Bachelor” due to a health condition. Credit: Disney / Richard Middlesworth

Lexi Young, the 30-year-old digital strategist from Atlanta who quit ABC’s “The Bachelor” last week, has gone to Instagram to explain her decision.

Young has been public about her endometriosis, a disease in which tissue that is normally inside the uterus grows outside it, and she told “Bachelor” season 28 star Joey Graziadei on the episode that to lessen the risk of pregnancy complications in her 30s that she wanted to have children within a couple of years. Graziadei, 28, wanted to wait longer. They tearfully parted.

“My experience on @bachelorabc has been a whirlwind to say the least, but I couldn’t be more thankful that I pushed myself out of my comfort zone to take this leap of faith,” Young wrote after the episode aired. “I know this journey didn’t end quite how I expected it to, but I know and understand that everyone has their own timeline for their personal journey and these timelines don’t always align.”

She added, “Getting to share my endometriosis story and get the overwhelming response I received from each and every one of you means more than you’ll ever know. Every message I receive from a girl who has endo symptoms, an invisible illness, chronic pain, or infertility that I have been able to touch and help in even the smallest way has made everything worth it.”

She thanked the producers and her fellow contestants, and singled out Graziadei “for showing me that a safe, non-judgmental, and kind love exists and is possible, and for setting the bar so high for my next relationship.”

In addition to Young quitting, Graziadei eliminated Lea Cayanan, Katelyn DeBacker and Jess Edwards.


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