‘Bachelorette’ star Clare Crawley breaks silence on Dale Moss split: ‘I am crushed’

Clare Crawley and Dale Moss’ engagement isn’t all roses.

After a whirlwind romance and impromptu proposal on the 16th season of “The Bachelorette,” Moss announced Wednesday that he and Crawley 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,” Moss wrote on Instagram. “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.”

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Crawley responded to Moss in an Instagram statement of her own on Thursday. In it, the former “Bachelorette” suggested Moss’ statement about the couple going their separate ways was news to her as well.

“I was made aware of a ‘mutual’ statement at the same time you all were, so I’ve needed some time to really digest this,” she wrote. “Speaking for myself, my intentions with this relationship have always been very clear, so the truth is I am crushed.”

Crawley added that 2020 was “one hell of a year, with covid, battling severe anxiety post-show, balancing a public new relationship, all while slowly losing my mother.” While on the ABC reality show, Crawley opened up about her mother living with Alzheimer’s disease.

“It hasn’t been ideal circumstances, but that is life right,” she continued. “I have been looking forward to the light at the end of the tunnel. Our relationship was not perfect, but I can say that I was genuinely invested with all of my heart. I may not have all the answers, but I do know this — I will continue to show up, stand by my word, and be committed to love.”

Crawley, 39, and Moss, 32, made an almost instant connection on the ABC reality show last year, prompting Crawley to declare her love for Moss after just fourepisodes.

“We’ve just started this process… but every time I wake up, I think about you. And when I go to bed at night, I think about you,” Crawley said during an episode of “The Bachelorette” that aired Nov. 5. “I can’t even put it into words how you make me feel. All I know is that I’m so falling in love with you.”

The feeling was mutual. Moss told Crawley that, “I’m falling in love with you through this process. I’m not afraid to say that at all. My heart is open and I’m not gonna fight that.”

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Moss proposed to Crawley before the couple made an early (and unprecedented) exit from the competition.

“I want to make you happy each and every day. So with that being said, Clare, will you marry me?” the former pro NFL player-turned-model asked. Crawley ecstatically said yes, responding, “Put that ring on my finger. I’ve waited a lot of years for this.”

Whirlwind romance ran in the Crawley family. The reality star’s father proposed to Crawley’s mother three weeks after meeting her only once – and they were married for 42 years.

However, the TV couple’s spark has appeared to fizzle.

On Wednesday, Moss asked his followers to “respect our privacy as we work through this together.”

Crawley was replaced by Tayshia Adams as the new Bachelorette for the rest of Season 16. She got engaged to Zac Clark after he accepted her final rose.

Contributing: David Oliver, Charles Trepany

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: ‘Bachelorette’ stars Dale Moss and Clare Crawley split

Published at Thu, 21 Jan 2021 22:51:28 +0000

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