Not a clean split. Since Clare Crawley and Dale Moss’ breakup after The Bachelorette, fans have wanted to know why the two split and if it was a “mutual” decision like Dale said. Well, according to Clare, it wasn’t.
Two days after Dale confirmed he and Clare had separated, Clare took to her Instagram Stories on Thursday, January 21, to slam her ex-fiancé for making a “mutual” statement on her behalf. She also claimed that she was “made aware” of their split at the same time as fans.
“I was made aware of a ‘mutual’ statement at the same time you all were, so I’ve needed some time to really digest this,” she wrote. “Speaking for myself, my intentions with this relationship always have been very clear, so the truth is I am crushed. This was not what I expected or hoped for and am still trying to process this.”
She continued, “2020 was one of hell of a year with covid, battling severe anxiety post-show, balancing a public new relationship, all while slowly losing my mother. It hasn’t been ideal circumstances, but that is life right. I have been looking forward to the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Clare ended her statement by confirming that her relationship with Dale was “not perfect” but she put in the effort to make it work.
“Our relationship was not perfect, but I can say I was genuinely invested with all of my heart,” she wrote. “I may not have all the answers, but I do know this. I will continue to show up, stand by my word, and be committed to love. Xo Clare.”
Clare’s statement came after Dale confirmed the split on his Instagram on Tuesday. “wanted to share with you all that Clare and I have decided to go our separate ways,” he wrote. “we appreciate the love and support we’ve received from so many people, but this is the healthiest decision for both of us at this time. We strongly believe in leading with love and always remaining true to oneself – something our families have taught and instilled in us throughout our lives. We only hope the best things for one another. Please respect our privacy as we work through this together.”
Clare and Dale met on the premiere of season 16 of The Bachelorette in 2020. After two rose ceremonies, Clare knew Dale was The One and decided to quit the show to be with him. At their final rose ceremony, Dale proposed to Clare and the two got engaged. Two months after their engagement aired, however, it seems like Dale and Clare’s relationship is a lot different than what was on TV.
A source told E! News on Tuesday, January 19, that Clare, 39, and Dale, 32, are “taking time apart” due to their recent fights over their different lifestyles. “Clare and Dale have been fighting a lot recently,” the source said. “They are mainly in disagreement over lifestyle preferences. Dale wants to be in a lively city and focus on his career, and Clare is rooted in Sacramento to help care for her mom. It’s been very tense recently between them.”
After The Bachelorette, Dale moved from New York City to Sacramento, California, to be with Clare. E! News’ source cl;aims that Dale cares a lot about Clare but “feels like he’s rushing into something he’s unsure about.” The source continued, “They are both still getting to know each other and figuring it all out. They’ve decided to take some time apart for now… They are still figuring out the logistics of their relationship and if they will stay together.”
In an interview with Chris Harrison in November 2020, Clare told the host that “babies” were on the horizon for her and Dale at the time. “Whatever happens,” she said at the time. “We’re just happy to, like, start our lives together and to get to know each other more, and more and more.”
She continued, “How he makes me feel is literally, like, sunbeams out of my heart, like, into the world. And I know that sounds so stupid, but I just feel it to my core. And whether it took one day or 10 days or two weeks or two years, this man makes me happy.”
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