-- "Bachelor" contestant Rachel Lindsay is making history by becoming the first African-American Bachelorette.
Lindsay, a 31-year-old attorney from Texas, said she "doesn't feel added pressure" in her new role.
The news about Lindsay came earlier than expected; she hasn't been eliminated yet on the show.
"I haven't been on social media so I haven't seen that much yet, but the cast members that I was on the season with have been great," Lindsay said. "Family and friends have been wonderful too. I'm just glad I don't have to keep a secret anymore."
Lindsay said she jumped at the opportunity to become the next leading lady on the ABC reality show.
"I'm a skeptical person, so I was excited that they asked me to do it but I was also equally nervous," she said. "But then, when I started to weigh out the pros and the cons, I decided that this is too good of an opportunity to turn away."
Rachel makes her "Bachelorette" debut on May 22. You can see her in a brand new episode of "The Bachelor" next Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
ABC News' Lesley Messer contributed to this report