Get it! Bachelorette star Clare Crawley first appeared on our screens as a Bachelor contestant on Juan Pablo Galavis’ season in 2013 and has since proven to be a total boss babe. She finally got the chance for her own journey to find love with season 16 on the heels of her 39th birthday.
That’s not to say her life has always been reality TV magic. “There’s so much more background that I have never even talked about, even on that season of The Bachelor, that I held inside, that I didn’t share with the world,” the Sacramento native divulged during an appearance on Rachel Lindsay and Becca Kufrin’s “Bachelor Happy Hour” podcast in June.
The Bachelor Nation starlet “didn’t even share with my friends” some of her struggles, including an abusive ex and being in an incredibly dark place before appearing on season 18. “At one point, I was living in my car for three months, and I barely had a job making minimum wage being a hairstylist’s assistant when I first started doing hair. I was in an abusive relationship, and I just had lost my dad, too, so I was at, I would feel like the lowest of lows,” she said.
She’s hit some ups and downs, but the Bachelor Winter Games alum knows what she’s looking for. “I want somebody to love me for all the hard stuff that I’ve been through,” she added. “It’s been something that I’ve hidden for so many years, but until I’ve owned that part of my life and looked at the stuff I’ve been through as shame — to look at it as my superpower — and these are the things that have made the woman that I am today.”
Clare isn’t afraid to break the rules a bit, including on her own season. Life & Style confirmed in early August that Tayshia Adams would step in for Clare after she “[fell] in love” with contestant Dale Moss after just two weeks. The duo got engaged and left the show together early, and everything seemed great until early January 2021, when fans started to speculate about a split.
Sadly, Dale confirmed the news of their breakup on January 19. “I wanted to share with you all that Clare and I have decided to go our separate ways,” he wrote on Instagram. “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 only hope the best things for one another.” Luckily, Clare has proven to be a very strong woman, and we’re sure she’ll come out on top.
It’s been a wild ride for Clare. Keep scrolling to see the Bachelorette star’s full transformation over the years!