While an engagement is the expected conclusion for every edition of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, several recent leads have not ended their seasons in such a tidy manner. Colton Underwood did not get down on one knee during Season 23, and he instead left the finale in a committed relationship with Cassie Randolph (the two have since had a bitter split).
Though Hannah Brown and Peter Weber got engaged to their final picks on their respective seasons, they called them off by the time the After the Final Rose special aired.
When Clare Crawley was announced as The Bachelorette in March of 2020, she made it clear that she was looking for a forever type of love. After four stints on shows within the Bachelor franchise, Clare was not messing around with her heart.
Viewers have already learned that her stint as the lead will be short, and that Tayshia Adams will take over. But was it because Clare got engaged, or because she had issues with the producers?
Now we know!
Is Clare Crawley engaged?
There has been a lot of speculation about what exactly goes down on Clare's stint as The Bachelorette, leading many fans to wonder if the unconventional season will end with a more conventional engagement.
There are conflicting reports about whether or not Clare gets engaged, but it does appear as if she ends her season in a relationship with contestant Dale Moss.
When the two met on the first night, Clare instantly felt an attraction.
"I definitely feel like I just met my husband," she told host Chris Harrison after Dale's limo entrance.
Spoiler expert Reality Steve has reported that Clare will leave the lead position early, and that she will choose to pursue a romance solely with Dale. But, he explained, it's unclear if Clare made that decision, or if it was done by production to add to the drama.
A source told Life and Style in August of 2020 that Dale and Clare are engaged, and that she refused to continue filming the show because she had fallen head over heels for Dale.
Clare was spotted wearing a ring on her ring finger in October.
In mid-October of 2020, the paparazzi captured photos of Clare out on a walk with what appeared to be a diamond ring on her left hand. While many assumed that this could be her engagement ring, the reality star took to Instagram to explain what it really meant.
"People have noticed I wear this ring on my wedding finger, and have asked why! The truth is because it is a commitment to myself first and foremost, to embody self-love," Clare wrote in the caption of her Instagram post. "In the past I found myself getting into relationships where there was little to no reciprocity, and in the end would feel depleted and empty."
"This is my promise to myself, to make sure I always had enough self love that no matter what happened, I was committed to loving myself unconditionally, and that is something no man could take away from me," she concluded.
She was previously engaged to her Bachelor Winter Games co-star Benoit Beauséjour-Savard. They split in April of 2018, which was just two months after their televised engagement.
It's official: Clare Crawley is engaged to Dale Moss!
During the episode of The Bachelorette which aired on Thursday, Nov. 5, we finally got some clarity: Clare and Dale are officially engaged! Instead of hosting a rose ceremony with all of the guys, Clare decided to share some additional one-on-one time with Dale. The two exchanged "I love you"s and spent the night together.
The next evening, Dale got down on one knee and asked Clare to be his wife. Whew. Who saw that coming? (Besides everyone who follows all of the spoilers online, that is.) Dale put the ring on Clare's finger (the actual ring) and she called herself "Clare Moss." Aww. These two!
Following the episode's airing, Clare and Dale both posted about their engagement on social media and gushed about one another. Now that the cat's officially out of the bag, it looks like they'll be even more outspoken about their love for one another (much to the chagrin of some of their followers).
Congrats to the happy couple! Now let's get on with the season — Tayshia, we're ready for you!
The Bachelorette airs on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.