“The truth is, I’m crushed,” Clare posted on Instagram on Thursday. “It wasn’t what I expected or hoped for, and I’m still trying to work it out.”
It turns out, however, that she chased him during quarantine, so she had some idea of who he was … or at least who thought of her. Most people carefully prepare their online persona, so it’s never clear if what you’re getting is real or not.
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But what’s obviously very real is that Claire’s relationship with Dale starts on Instagram, because that’s where she starts to capture the feelings, and apparently that’s where it ends, because Claire certainly seems to show that she knew she was going to. “mutually” decided to call him leaving.
Two days after Dale broke the news to the world via Instagram that the fastest engaged couple on “Bachelor” is over, Claire replied that “she needs some time to really digest it.”
“I was aware of a ‘mutual’ statement at the same time as all of you were,” she explained. “It wasn’t what I expected or hoped for, and I’m still trying to work it out.”
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Without spilling direct tea on the reasons for the breakup, Clare stressed that her “intentions in this regard have always been clear, so the truth is that I am crushed.”
After talking about some of the struggles she faced in 2020, including her mother’s deteriorating health, Claire reiterated her earlier point: “Our relationship was not perfect, but I can say that I was really invested. with all my heart”.
“I may not have all the answers, but I know that,” he finished his thoughts. “I will continue to show myself, to keep my word and to be devoted to love.”
Appearing was a mantra for Claire throughout her time at The Bachelorette, although many would wonder if she really appeared for any of the other contestants the way she did for Dale.
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If she had allowed the process to unfold, getting to know all the other boys, and perhaps even listening to some of their concerns about the paramor she had chosen, she might have found a different result.
Only time will tell if Claire’s deputy Taishia Adams has found a real, lasting love affair with Zack Adams – who was one of Claire’s original suitors – but at least they had a little more time together on the show to see what it was all about before throw in the engagement.
Of course, there may not have been much difference at all. The ties of bachelor nations have been almost as hit or missed as those in the real world. And they had a separation, just as awkward as this one – if not usually as public.
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Dale first broke the news to America – and supposedly to Clare – in a post on Instagram on Tuesday, where it seems very clear that he is talking about both. “Claire and I decided to take a different path,” he wrote.
“We appreciate the love and support we have received from so many people, but this is the healthiest solution for both of us right now.” Yet, according to Claire, she was unaware of the decision until he made it and made it public. Dale has not yet responded to her claim.
“We only hope for the best for each other,” he concluded, adding, “Please respect our privacy as we work together on this issue.”
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