In the words of Chris Harrison, the drama continues. According to a source for E! News, Dale Moss cheated on Clare Crawley after The Bachelorette, and it’s one of the reasons the two broke up.
Dale confirmed on Tuesday, January 19, that he and Dale split less than a year after they got engaged on season 16 of The Bachelorette. As Bachelor Nation members know, Clare and Dale met on the most recent season of The Bachelorette in 2020 and fell fast in love. After two rose ceremonies, Clare decided to quit the show to be with Dale. Before the couple left, Clare had a final rose ceremony, where Dale proposed to her and the two got engaged. However, it looks like their relationship post-show was far from a fairytale.
Two days after Dale’s breakup announcement, E! News reported that Dale cheated on Clare with another woman after their engagement. According to the site, Dale and the woman have been in contact since at least late 2019. The woman was identified by E! News as Eleonora Srugo, a real estate agent in New York City. Per the source, Dale told Clare that their relationship was simply business-related. Clare has always been skeptical,” the source said. “She never trusted the friendship and thought it was shady.”
Clare’s suspicions were confirmed that she found evidence that Dale was with the other woman when he was in New York City, where he lives while Clare is in Sacramento. “She has seen proof,” the source said. The insider also told E! News that the woman “has been talking to her friends about sneaking around with Dale.”
The source continued, “Dale would always reassure Clare that it was nothing serious, [but] multiple people have told Clare that Dale was parading around NYC with this girl “Clare would confront him about his relationship and tried to question him about it, but he would always deny it.”
E! News also reported that Dale and the woman were seen at a “late-night candlelit dinner” at Cipriani in downtown Manhattan not long after Clare and Dale’s engagement aired on The Bachelorette and she went to his home state of South Dakota to meet his family. “It definitely looked like a date,” an eyewitness told E! News, claiming that the Dale and the woman left the restaurant hand-in-hand. “Dale looked really smiley and happy with her. They were laughing and flirting.”
A source close to Dale denied the rumors to E! News. “There is zero truth to the romance rumors,” the insider said. “Dale was faithful to Clare throughout their entire relationship.” The source also claimed that Srugo “was helping Dale find a bigger apartment for when Clare would eventually move to New York.” The insider continued, “He has known the girl for way longer than he has known Clare, so of course they would be in touch.” The source also noted that Dale and Srugo workout at the same gym. “This is an innocent friendship,” the insider said.
A second source close to Srugo also denied that the real estate agent would cheat with Dale. “In this case, Eleonora and Dale are close friends, but that is all,” the insider said. “She definitely wouldn’t sleep with someone’s fiancé.” Meanwhile, E! News reported that Srugo and Dale’s relationship was the “root cause” of his breakup with Clare.
At this time, the cheating rumors are just rumors, but it doesn’t look like Clare is happy with Dale after their split. Two days after Dale confirmed their breakup, Clare took to her Instagram to slam him for making a “mutual” statement on her behalf. “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 ended her statement, “Our relationship was not perfect, but I can say I was genuinely invested with all of my heart. 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.”
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