Season 16 of The Bachelorette started with the show's leading lady quitting partway through filming because she found true love. Mere weeks into production, Bachelorette Clare Crawley allegedly committed to contestant Dale Moss, prematurely ending her run on the season.
This was arguably one of the most surprising plot twists in the show's history, but there are rumors their whirlwind romance might not be ending in a happily ever after. Are Clare and Dale are still together?
Did Clare and Dale know each other before the 'Bachelorette' season started?
Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, filming for Clare's season was postponed for a time, giving the contestants and Clare time to potentially interact before coming on the show. This was a common rumor as their romance unfolded, as many were convinced they had to know each other before filming to fall that fast.
Clare denied she and Dale ever spoke before the season started, but she did admit that she could tell a lot about a person by their social media profile.
“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 said, according to Life & Style.
While there were rumors that she and Dale began talking before the season started, these have since been debunked, meaning their entire love story takes place over the span of a few dates.
Are Clare and Dale still together?
While viewers saw the couple leave the show together happy and ready to start their lives together, rumors have started to surface that the pair may have decided to part ways. The duo was engaged before leaving the Bachelorette resort, but it seems like there might be trouble in paradise.
Both Clare and Dale's Instagram accounts still have photos of each other up, but according to some master sleuths, they've deleted some of their more recent photos together.
One Twitter user also pointed out that Dale deleted a comment he made on a previous post of Clare's saying, "I'll never leave you."
Both of their social accounts have also been filled with sad posts. Clare made a post admitting her mother knew she was having a "hard day," while Dale posted an Instagram Story of moving boxes.
These rumors were eventually confirmed by Dale, who put out a statement on Instagram that he and Clare did, in fact, split.
"I wanted to share with you all that Clare and I have decided to go our separate ways," he wrote in a post. "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. 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."
Despite Dale's polite message, it seemed as though Clare was not on the same page about their split, and said as much in her own statement, which she put out two days later. In it, she talked about the struggles she's dealt with in the past year, including her mother's illness, COVID, and The Bachelorette, all while juggling her relationship with Dale.
"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," Clare started her statement. "Speaking for myself, my intentions with this relationship have always been very clear, so the truth is I am crushed. This was not what I expected or hoped for and am still trying to process this.
"Our relationship was not perfect, but I can say that I was genuinely invested with all of my heart," Clare concluded. "I may not have all the answered, but I do know this — I will continue to show up, stand by my word, and be committed to love."
Are Clare and Dale getting back together?
Only a month after Clare and Dale each made separate and heartbreaking announcements of their split, the pair were spotted together, holding hands in Venice, Florida. The videos, shared by Reality Steve, show the pair dressed casually (sans masks, unfortunately), holding hands before dining at Nokomo’s Sunset Hut, according to TMZ.
It's unclear if Clare and Dale are looking to rekindle their romance, but it's possible their love story isn't over quite yet.