On The Bachelor, Clayton Echard and Susie Evans' relationship was a blur. Echard, a former NFL player, got a lot of bad feedback when it was said that he would be the next Bachelor in September 2021.
ABC tried to make him look like the “underdog.” During his season, this criticism only got worse, especially about how he treated his last three women, Evans, Rachel Recchia, and Gabby Windey.
Echard had a hard time choosing a winner after saying he loved all three women and getting close to Recchia and Windey. This was especially true when Evans, who was his favourite, said she couldn't see herself moving forward with him.
Echard's season of The Bachelor started filming in September 2021. Echard met Evans on the first night, and her handshake with the buzzer helped her stand out. After they took their relationship off-screen, they had many sweet moments and milestones together, like moving in together. Find out where the reality TV couples are now by reading on.
Are the Bachelor's Clayton and Susie Still Together?
Clayton Echard told his family on the season 26 finale of “The Bachelor” that he wanted to try to get Susie back. The trouble between the couple started when the woman from Virginia Beach was very worried about Clayton's overnight dates with Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia. “I didn't understand how important it was until right now,” she said while Rachel was on her date. “I don't know if he can love more than one person at the same time.”
“For me, sex is a way to connect with someone,” Susie said before leaving for her fantasy suite. “I just hope that Clayton and I are on the same page and see it the way I do.”
He wasn't, it turns out. Even though Clayton told Susie that he loved her, she wasn't the only one. During their romantic dinner at the Sky Lagoon hot springs, Susie said she would feel “uncomfortable” if he slept with other women.
Even though things between the two seemed great, they told the world on Instagram on September 23 that they were breaking up.
Susie wrote, “With very sad hearts, we wanted to let you know that we've decided to go our separate ways.” “Anyone who has ever loved knows that this was a hard choice that wasn't made quickly. We know that this decision will probably raise a lot of questions. Social media is a highlight reel, and we've kept a lot of our experiences together private, as I'm sure most people can understand. But we'll agree on this: Even though we've had a lot of fun and laughs together over the past year, there has also been a lot of pain.
Why Did Susie and Clayton Break Up?
Susie said, “If you feel like you're in love with me, it doesn't make sense to sleep with someone else.” Clayton replied, “I promised myself that I wouldn't fall in love with more than one woman, but it's happened.”
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Clayton said he would have done things differently if he had known it would “break the deal” for Susie, but he couldn't change the past. Susie left the room in tears.
Still, Susie did come back for the final rose ceremony in the show's finale. Not only did Susie come back to the show, but after a fight between Clayton, Rachel, and Gabby, she was the only one left at the final rose ceremony.
Are Clayton and Susie Get Engaged?
Clayton said in “After the Final Rose” that he left Iceland and went back to “what I thought was my normal life,” but then Susie got in touch with him again. Clayton said, “I was shocked to find out that maybe something good came out of all of it.”
Then Susie came out and said that they are still together. She said, “We're really happy and glad to be here today.” “That's the guy I'm dating.”
She also said that they “took some steps back,” but that they are now “seriously” in love. “I can say with certainty that yes, he's great.”
But they both said that they “could have done better” and that they were ready for some criticism after the finale. Neil Lane was in the audience, and Jesse hinted that he might get engaged soon. However, Clayton said that they have other plans for now. Then he gave her the last rose and asked if she would take it. She did.
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Clayton and Susie were still going strong in the summer of 2022. On social media, the couple was always gushing about how much they loved each other. Susie wrote in the caption of a cute video of Clayton lifting her at the grocery store on July 10: “My granola game is upped thanks to @claytonechard and Clayton alone.”
Is Clayton and Susie Lived Together?
During “After the Final Rose,” the two said they were moving in together to Susie's hometown of Virginia Beach to keep their relationship going strong. After living on the East Coast for less than a year, they told everyone they were moving again, but this time to different states.
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The former football player said that they were willing to try it, but if it didn't work out, they would move closer to each other. He said, “We don't know if we'll like that long of a distance.” “People may look at us and think, ‘Oh, they're breaking up.'… I think a little space is always good.”