Where do they stand? Season 16 Bachelorette star Tayshia Adams finale aired in December 2020 with finalists Zac Clark, Ivan Hall and Ben Smith. Fans watched the leading lady get engaged, but is she still with her winner, Zac? Keep reading to find out if Tayshia and Zac are still together.
Tayshia, 31, left her season engaged to Zac, 36. However, the reality TV couple have split, Life & Style confirmed on November 22. Their uncoupling came days after Life & Style broke the news that they decided to take a “break” from their relationship. “They’re definitely taking some time apart to figure things out,” the source explained. “It doesn’t look good.”
The Bachelor Nation duo fueled breakup rumors after Tayshia was hospitalized for a “really bad kidney infection” after participating with Zac in the New York City Marathon on November 7, according to the Instagram Story she shared on November 13. However, Tayshia specified her condition was unrelated to the race. Fans noticed she didn’t mention that Zac was by her side during her recovery.
After that, fans noticed Tayshia wasn’t wearing her engagement ring in two consecutive episodes of her podcast, “Bachelor Happy Hour,” and at the Los Angeles film premiere of House of Gucci on Thursday, November 18.
Eleven months before their split, the couple appeared on Good Morning America, where they opened up about their relationship after the Bachelorette season 16 finale aired in December 2020.
“It was really beautiful to watch back,” Tayshia gushed at the time. “I feel like you can really see how much love we have and how authentic and genuine we were.” Zac added, “All the reasons I fell in love with her on the show remain true today.”
When they were planning their wedding, Tayshia said they were “just going with the flow at the moment. We’re just gonna date each other, how about that?”
Zac chimed in that he wants “a big wedding” when the day comes but, “She might think differently, and she’s gonna get what she wants.” How sweet!
“I came here because I was supposed to be here, and I came here because I was supposed to fall in love with you,” Zac said while proposing. “Nothing has felt so right my entire life. You’ve helped me experience the love I didn’t know existed … I love you because you are a strong, independent woman, who makes everyone better. I love you because you believe in me.”
Needless to say, the feeling was mutual at the time. “I know that I told you that I loved you, but it’s more than that. It’s this wild, wild, wild love that I’ve tried to come up with so many reasons not to believe,” Tayshia responded. “You truly made me believe there doesn’t need to be flaws, and I deserve love with a man who won’t run away … Yes, it is real and I feel it, too.”
Before their eventual breakup, Tayshia and Zac were living together in New York City. Speaking exclusively with Life & Style in April 2021, Zac revealed he and his ladylove are “100 percent” still learning about each other.
“It’s every day there’s something new, right? So, you know, like everything from bedtimes to how we wake up to how we like our coffee,” he detailed. “She’s got a super mega sweet tooth that she tries to keep on the [down-low] and pawn off to me — there’s all this stuff. It kind of comes out in a relationship which has just been fun.”
In July 2021, Tayshia opened up about why she and Zac decided to take it slow when it came to wedding planning. “Zac and I are just having a really fun time exploring New York City,” she told Us Weekly at the season 17 Men Tell All taping. “We’re doing really, really well. We’re happily engaged, but right now, we’re just really — we’re dating!”
She added that the coronavirus pandemic has been another reason they have decided to pump the breaks a bit. “You kind of, like, put a little cap on a lot of the things people to do,” she explained. “So now we’re really able to have fun. I’m really enjoying life.” However, she did note that she had a little bout of baby fever. “I’m obsessed with babies,” she gushed at the time.