Sources close to the former couple tell TMZ that Dale broke things off with Clare this past weekend. After news broke, Dale posted a statement to his Instagram stories:
“I wanted share with you all that Clare and I have decided to go our separate ways. 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.”
Reportedly, the couple were dating from a distance. He lived in New York City, and she was on the West Coast in Sacramento.
It’s a quick end to a love-at-first pairing. The minute Clare laid met him, she had no interest in any other Bachelor. She quickly blew off cocktail parties, and barely engaged on dates. It became so untenable, producers ended her story roughly two weeks into filming, afterwhich Dale proposed to her. Because why not? Producers squeezed about 4 episodes out of the drama. The show then introduced a new Bachelorette, Tayshia Adams, the second Black Bachelorette ever.
After Tayshia came aboard, four men were added to the 16. At the end of the season, she got engaged to Zac Clark.
What was odd–during a lag between Clare’s season going on hiatus due to the coronavirus, and finally filming months later, Clare kind of stalked Dale’s social media posts, although she swears she never reached out to him.
Clare was the oldest ‘Bachelorette’ to head up a season of the series.