From The Bachelor to life after the show, Clayton Echard Y Susie EvansThe journey has been anything but conventional.
The Season 26 lead’s relationships with his finalists flared up during the 2022 season when Evans called Echard to sleep with Gabby Windey Y Rachel Recchia a deal breaker. The former soccer player later convinced Windey and Recchia to stay, saying he loved the three women, but ultimately sent them home before the final rose ceremony because he had stronger feelings for Evans.
“Just because I loved her more, it didn’t mean that I had given a definitive answer that she was The One,” Echard said in us weeklyThe “Here For The Right Reasons” Podcast in March 2022 after the finale aired. “I believe that everything happens for a reason. And when she left, I was like, ‘Okay, I’ve got these two amazing women here and I need to continue pouring water on them because this is apparently exactly what needed to happen.’ So give these women your all and see if you might end up walking out of here with one of them.”
While Evans briefly returned to the show, he did not accept Echard’s last rose.
“To be honest with you, I knew she would show up because I knew it wasn’t her character that didn’t show up. But I was very, very sure that she was going to say no. I anticipated it a little bit,” Echard said. U.S, explaining why she chose an engagement ring. “I wanted her to know that, ‘Hey, I’m honest about this. I really, really love you and would kneel down,’ but she was reading the room. She was waiting to see how she would walk in, and I could tell from her mood and from her words that obviously this is not going to lead to a proposal. This is going to lead to the end of the line. She had come to terms with that. She hurt me, but I was like, ‘Whatever she says to you, respect it and be thankful that she showed up.’”
They eventually reunited before the series began airing in January 2022 and during the spring of 2022, the couple moved in together in their native Virginia Beach.
“We’ve talked about it and we know from now on that this is a real-world relationship where you never know: anything can happen and we’re aware of that,” Echard said. U.S. “We’re going to give this every chance we can. We love each other. And as of now, we are both very, very happy. But relationships require effort. They are tough sometimes. And so we know there will be those moments ahead. There are never any guarantees in her life, but all that said, I am incredibly happy to be with her. I’m so excited to be able to go out to dinner, go on hikes, do all these things with her, travel.”
However, by August 2022, the Missouri native revealed that the duo were destined to live apart.
“Currently, we’re in Virginia Beach, but our next step really is, I’m moving to Scottsdale, and she’s moving to Los Angeles in the meantime. Only a 50 minute flight, but we’re both chasing our dreams. and I think location-wise, we both feel like those are the places we want to be,” she said on the “Not Skinny But Not Fat” podcast. “I mean, I’m working on my computer 10, 12 hours a day. So she said, ‘Clayton, I’m moving to Los Angeles and then we can travel on the weekends to see each other.’ And we’ll see. We don’t know if we’re going to like that long distance”.
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