'The Bachelorette': Clare Crawley claims Dale Moss's breakup statement not mutual, did he cheat on her?
On Thursday, January 21, ‘The Bachelorette’ season 16’s lead Clare Crawley finally opened up after fiancé Dale Moss announced their breakup on Tuesday, January 19. And she said that she only learned that her ex-fiancé would be announcing the news of their breakup after he posted about it.
Crawley and Moss made headlines with their whirlwind romance on Season 16 of ‘The Bachelorette’ -- the couple got engaged only 12 days after meeting each other on ABC’s dating reality show. But the flame dulled. On Tuesday, Moss released a statement saying, “I wanted to share with you all that Clare and I have decided to go our separate ways. 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.” The former football player added, “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 for the best things for one another. Please respect our privacy as we work through this together."
But Crawley’s response now makes this statement look bad. "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," she began on an Instagram post. "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," she continued. "2020 was one hell of a year, with COVID, battling severe anxiety post-show, balancing a public new relationship, all while slowly losing my mother. It hasn't been ideal circumstances, but that is life right. I have been looking forward to the light at the end of the tunnel.”
She acknowledged that their "relationship was not perfect," but said she "was genuinely invested with all of my heart." She concluded, "I may not have all the answers, but I do know this -- I will continue to show up, stand by my word, and be committed to love.”
More than meets the eye?
Multiple sources familiar with the situation told E! News that they believe Moss has been cheating on Crawley throughout their engagement. As per an anonymous source, Moss and the yet-unnamed woman have been in communication since at least late 2019. Moss, however, reportedly insisted to Crawley that theirs was merely a business relationship. Still, "Clare has always been skeptical," said one source. "She never trusted the friendship and thought it was shady."
The sources also told E! News the woman who Moss cheated on Crawley with "has been talking to her friends about sneaking around with Dale." As for Crawley, the source said that "she has seen proof" that whenever Moss was in New York City without her, he was with this other woman.
The E! News report adds that in November 2020, not long after Moss' proposal aired on TV, he was spotted enjoying a late-night candlelit dinner with this woman, "It definitely looked like a date," said a source, adding that the pair left hand-in-hand. "Dale looked really smiley and happy with her. They were laughing and flirting."