From The Bachelor to post-show life, Clayton Echard and Susie Evans’ journey has been something however typical.
The season 26 lead’s relationships together with his finalists blew up in the course of the 2022 season when Evans known as Echard sleeping with Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia a dealbreaker. The previous soccer participant subsequently satisfied Windey and Recchia to remain — saying that he cherished all three girls — however in the end despatched them residence forward of the ultimate rose ceremony as a result of he had the strongest emotions for Evans.
“Simply because I cherished her probably the most, didn’t imply I had made a definitive reply that she was The One,” Echard mentioned on Us Weekly’s “Here for the Right Reasons” podcast in March 2022 after the finale aired. “I do consider all the things occurs for a cause. And when she left, like, I mentioned, ‘OK, I’ve these two unbelievable girls right here and I have to proceed to pour into them as a result of that is what apparently, precisely wanted to occur. So give these girls your all and see if possibly you’ll find yourself strolling outta right here with one in every of ’em.’”
Whereas Evans briefly returned to the present, she didn’t settle for Echard’s closing rose.
“To be trustworthy with you, I knew she would present up ‘trigger I knew it wasn’t her character to not present up. However I used to be very, very sure she was going to say no to me. I form of anticipated that,” Echard informed Us, explaining why he picked out an engagement ring. “I wished her to know that, ‘Hey, I’m for actual about this. I actually, actually do love you and I’d get down on a knee,’ however I used to be studying the room. I used to be ready to see how she got here in, and I might inform by her temper and thru her phrases that I’m, like, clearly, this won’t result in a proposal. That is going to result in the top of the road. I had come to phrases with that. It damage me, however I used to be like, ‘No matter she tells you, respect it and be grateful that she confirmed up.’”
They in the end reunited earlier than the collection began airing in January 2022 and through spring 2022, the twosome moved in collectively in her native Virginia Seashore.
“We’ve talked about it and we all know from right here on out, like, it is a relationship in the actual world the place you by no means know — something can occur and we’re conscious of that,” Echard informed Us. “We’re gonna give this each likelihood that we will. We love one another. And as of proper now, we’re each very, very glad. However relationships take effort. They’re exhausting at occasions. And so we all know that there’s gonna be these moments that lie forward. There’s by no means any assure in life, however with all that being mentioned, I’m extremely glad to be together with her. I’m so excited to have the ability to simply go get dinner, to go mountaineering, do all this stuff together with her, journey.”
By August 2022, nevertheless, the Missouri native revealed that the duo had been set to reside aside.
“At present, we’re in Virginia Seashore, however our subsequent step truly is, I’m transferring to Scottsdale, and she or he’s going to maneuver within the interim to L.A. Solely a 50-minute flight aside, however we’re each chasing our goals, and I feel location-wise, we each really feel that these are the spots that we need to be,” he mentioned on the “Not Skinny However Not Fats” podcast. “I imply, I’m engaged on my laptop 10, 12 hours a day. So she was like, ‘Clayton, I’ll transfer to L.A. after which we will journey on the weekends to see one another.’ And we’ll see. We don’t know if we’re going to love that long-distance.”
The next month, they introduced their cut up.
Scroll by for extra from Echard and Evans about their relationship: