And yet another Bachelor Nation couple has called it quits. But this time, it’s one of our newest couples, aka Clare Crawley and Dale Moss.
After a few days of speculation and rumors, Dale officially confirmed the couple’s break-up.
“I wanted [to] 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.”
What Led to the Break-Up
Fans are currently speculating reasons why Clare and Dale broke up, with most believing that Dale was not ready to settle down, while Clare was very much at home in Sacramento taking care of her sick mother.
“Dale felt that he is not ready for marriage and was not ready to move to Sacramento for Clare. They were making a lot of plans that Dale could not commit to.”
“Clare and Dale did not agree on a lot of things in the long run when they sat down and really discussed the future of their relationship. They had been fighting a lot as of late. Clare started many of the arguments, and Dale would try not to rock the boat too much, but it all became too much for the both of them. They finally realized that perhaps they did move too quickly after all.”
This comes only months after the couple got engaged on The Bachelorette and left the show early seemingly smitten with each other.
But as any fan who keeps up with Bachelor gossip knows, that things aren’t always as they seem.
What went down on ‘The Bachelorette’
During the season, RealitySteve revealed that Clare was essentially forced to leave the show early. Although she was quite infatuated with Dale, she was still interested in some of the other guys as well.
But producers convinced (ahem, forced) her to go ahead with Dale and leave the show so they could bring in Tayshia and have “the most dramatic season ever.”
Clare all but confirmed that herself through a series of liked tweets.
Clare’s friend and fellow Bachelor alum DeAnna Pappas Stagliano confirmed the situation as well, saying,
“You know what, on a television show you don’t see that. Everybody just, like, gives Clare crap. Like, she just spent time with Dale, shame on her. It’s not at all how it was.”
Did the producers’ meddling make the breakup inevitable?
Clare and Dale left the show after only episode four. The Bachelor format is already so rushed but to give the couple only four episodes is absolutely ridiculous. Did they even know each other’s middle names at that point, for god’s sake?
If Clare and Dale had had the entire season to get to know each other, things could have ended very differently. The two might have known the issues they would face in the outside world — such as Clare’s preference for Sacramento and Dale’s love of NYC.
If Clare and Dale would’ve had at least a little more time to get to know each other, they might’ve known if they were truly compatible. Hell, they might not have ended up together at the end of the season at all!
Clare showed interest in other guys — production just conveniently cut the footage, according to DeAnna.
Perhaps after learning about her and Dale’s vastly different lifestyles, Clare would pick someone else completely.
But because of production’s love of drama and chaos, they pushed Clare out of the nest way too early. The truth is that Clare and Dale never had a fighting chance.
This has been a rough year for Bachelor Nation couples in general. The quarantine led to numerous break-ups, including Peter Weber and Kelley Flanagan, who had planned to move to New York together. The couple spent nine months together before calling it quits in January 2021
Other Bachelor break-ups include Chris Randone and Krystal Nielson in February, and Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph in May, Becca Kufrin and Garrett Yrigoyen in September, Victoria Fuller and Chris Soules in September, Ashley Hebert and JP Rosenberg in October, and Carly Waddell and Evan Bass in December.
Hopefully, February 2021 will finally end the year of bad break-ups and our favorite Bachelor Nation couples can find a way to make it work.
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Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel and when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her obsessing over her tuxedo cat Tom or hoarding drugstore lipsticks.