‘The Bachelorette’: Was Clare Crawley Engaged? Benoît Beauséjour-Savard Is Still Rooting for His Ex-Fiancé After Their Breakup

It’s official — Clare Crawley will lead The Bachelorette Season 16, and the fandom is buzzing with excitement. The 38-year-old breaks tradition, as she doesn’t come from Peter Weber’s current season of The Bachelor. But she has been a member of the franchise for some time. And as some longtime viewers have noticed, the last time we saw Crawley, she got engaged to Benoît Beauséjour-Savard during The Bachelor Winter Games reunion. So why did Crawley and Beauséjour-Savard break up? A lot has happened since the couple got together, but Beauséjour-Savard still seems as supportive of his ex-fiancé as ever.

Clare Crawley and Benoît Beauséjour-Savard got engaged after meeting on ‘The Bachelor Winter Games’

Benoît Beauséjour-Savard and Clare Crawley on ABC's "The Bachelor - Winter Games"
Benoît Beauséjour-Savard and Clare Crawley on ‘The Bachelor Winter Games’ | Paul Hebert/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

Following her appearances on Juan Pablo Galavis’ season of The Bachelor and the first two seasons of Bachelor in Paradise, Crawley found her way to The Bachelor Winter Games in 2018. Once settled, the hairstylist from Sacramento, California met Beauséjour-Savard from The Bachelorette Canada and Bachelor in Paradise Season 5. 

Of course, Crawley and Beauséjour-Savard hit it off. Nevertheless, there was a bit of trouble in paradise. Crawley also saw something in Christian Rauch, the contestant from Germany. So when Beauséjour-Savard confessed his feelings, she admitted she still wanted to explore her options. Then Beauséjour-Savard left the show.

But even so, the couple still got together after filming the reality series. During The Bachelor Winter Games: World Tells All, Crawley revealed she reconnected with Beauséjour-Savard when she returned home to Sacramento. Then when speaking with host Chris Harrison, the Canadian native said he couldn’t stop thinking about Crawley, noting how much he cared for her. So he couldn’t help but reach out when she left the show.

Meanwhile, Crawley reciprocated Beauséjour-Savard’s feelings and expressed how much she loved him in a tearful speech. And in the end, Beauséjour-Savard got down on one knee and proposed to Crawley.  

“It’s overwhelming, it’s crazy,” Crawley told People about her engagement in February 2018.  “Going on these Bachelor shows is a huge risk and you don’t know the outcome. It’s scary, but it’s a risk that you have to take to get the good in the end.”

Why Clare Crawley and Benoît Beauséjour-Savard broke up and ended their engagement

Despite the heartwarming proposal during the Winter Games reunion, Crawley and Beauséjour-Savard broke up and ended their engagement in April 2018. On their respective Instagram accounts, the Bachelor Nation couple wrote a joint statement addressing their split, hinting it was amicable. Crawley and Beauséjour-Savard wrote:

We understand a lot of you have been asking about [our] relationship since the show, and we wanted to thank you all for the love and respect as we navigated it in real life off camera. We do understand however, having a public engagement on TV kind of changes that. 

It’s with a heavy heart that we have mutually decided to end our relationship. We think the world of eachother, and we were both hoping we could make this work. I’m sorry that this may not be what you want to hear, but it’s our truth. Just know there are no negative feelings here, we are simply two people who believed in love, and were open enough to give it a chance. 

We still care for each other very deeply (That is why no hate or disrespectful comments will be tolerated about the other.) Please respect our privacy as well, as with the end of any relationship, it is never easy. Thank you for your understanding and love while we have shared our vulnerability with the world. 

Benoît Beauséjour-Savard shows support for Clare Crawley as ‘The Bachelorette’

Now, a few years after ending their engagement, it appears Crawley and Beauséjour-Savard are still on good terms. In an interview with Life & Style Magazine following Crawley’s Bachelorette announcement on March 2, Beauséjour-Savard confirmed they’ve maintained a friendship long past the breakup.

“She has always been so nice to me, even after the breakup,” he said. “We talked on a regular basis and still care a lot about each other.”

Meanwhile, Beauséjour-Savard declared his support for Crawley as the next bachelorette. 

“I’m glad she got that chance at finding love because we both trust that process. All I want for her is to be happy because she deserves the best,” he said. “She will be the best person to call out her men if they aren’t there for her. I’m sure she will find her soulmate. She will be the best bachelorette, I can tell you this.”

Crawley’s engagement to Beauséjour-Savard may have been short-lived after The Bachelor Winter Games, but it seems there’s no bad blood as the new bachelorette moves forward to find her forever. Now Bachelor Nation fans must wait to see how Crawley’s journey unfolds when The Bachelorette Season 16 premiers on Monday, May 18. Stay tuned.

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