After days of speculation, the former football star confirmed they ended their relationship by taking to Instagram with a statement on Tuesday, January 19. “I wanted to share with you all that Clare and I have decided to go our separate ways,” Dale began, thanking fans for their continued “love and support.”
“This is the healthiest decision for both of us at this time,” the New York resident added. “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.”
Amid news of their breakup, fans recalled what an incredible journey they shared together, beginning with falling in love on The Bachelorette. Season 16 was originally supposed to begin filming in March, but was postponed due to health and safety concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic. Clare and Dale had to wait to meet until the show resumed shooting in July. “I think his intentions for going on the show are just to give it a try,” a second source exclusively told Life & Style about the former football player, who was ready to find The One before arriving on set.
“He was very excited to go on the show. He felt it was a good opportunity for growth and to meet somebody … I know he’s definitely looking for a serious relationship,” the source explained about the Bachelor Nation newbie. “He’s definitely a lovable guy. He’s open for anything and everything. He goes into things with an open heart and anything that comes [from] it, he’s cool with.”
Clare and Dale’s instant spark came as a shock to fans, especially because of the timing. Life & Style exclusively broke the news on July 30 that the hairstylist wanted “to quit” the season just a few weeks into filming because she had already “fallen in love” with the South Dakota native. Dale popped the question, and they got engaged midseason.
The Sacramento native admitted to vetting out her contestants during the interim period before filming began. “You can kind of tell people’s lifestyles like from Instagram Stories, and I see some that I’m like, ‘That’s not really my vibe,’ and others where I look at them and I’m like, ‘Oh, that’s hot. I can’t wait to meet that guy. I hope he’s on the season,’” she told Becca Kufrin and Rachel Lindsay on the “Bachelor Happy Hour” podcast in June.
Keep scrolling to see Clare and Dale’s cutest moments pre-split.
1 of 15
2 of 15
3 of 15
4 of 15
5 of 15
6 of 15
7 of 15
8 of 15
9 of 15
10 of 15
11 of 15
12 of 15
13 of 15
14 of 15