And the next Bachelorette is … Clare Crawley.
After weeks of speculation by fans, ABC made it official this morning during an announcement on Good Morning America. Crawley said she found out she was the pick over the weekend. “The most important thing is I want a man that will take off his armor,” she said on GMA. “I want a man who is strong, who will take off the body armor, open himself up and be vulnerable. I think that is some serious strength right there.” She says she isn’t looking for one type “physically” but more someone who “goes out of his way for her” because “it’s about me now.”
At 38, Crawley is older than a lot of Bachelorettes and says she has often dated younger men—but wonders if they’re ready for her age. “I feel so much younger at heart than my actual age. I’m proud of my age, I just feel younger,” she said.
There are still two episodes left of Peter Weber’s season of The Bachelor, so we don’t yet know who he ends up with—or whether or not it’s even a contestant on the show. Rumors have swirled that the pilot is in a relationship with one of the show’s producers. Typically ABC announces the name of the long-running franchise’s next star after the finale of the previous season, but they’re shaking things up this season.
Clare Crawley first appeared on Juan Pablo’s season of The Bachelor in 2014. “I lost respect for you,” she told him as she walked away from him on the show. She also appeared on seasons one and two of Bachelor in Paradise, where she failed to find someone. In 2018, she appeared on The Bachelor: Winter Games, and she got engaged to Benoit Beauséjour-Savard—though they eventually split.
Bachelor Nation took to Twitter to react to the news.
The premiere date for Crawley’s season of The Bachelorette has not yet been announced.