After all that speculation about Hannah Brown take two, the 2020 Bachelorette has been announced: It’s Clare Crawley, who you may remember from Juan Pablo’s season of The Bachelor in 2014 and the Bachelor Winter Games. She’s s ready to try the franchise again, and says her experience with the show and 38 years on this Earth are going to be her secret weapons.
“A lot of people put it out there as this negative thing, but for me, it just is more years under my belt, more learning and knowing what I want, what I don’t want and what I won’t settle for,” she said on Good Morning America.
However, age is ultimately just a number when it comes to the guys she’s looking forward to meeting. “I have been known to date younger guys, so that’s not a problem for me,” she said. “The thing is I’m wondering if they’re ready for me, for my age. I feel like that would be more of an issue, than me with them, because I feel so much younger at heart than my actual age.”
“I’m proud of my age, but I just feel younger and I feel like that to me is what’s important,” she added.
Hopefully Crawley* won’ face the ageist backlash she seems to be expecting. Bachelor Nation fans have become more vocal during recent seasons—Pete Weber’s in particular—about the super-young age of some of the contestants.
After walking away from Pablo when she was about 32 years old, Clare Crawley appeared on seasons one and two of Bachelor in Paradise, with no luck in the love department. In 2018, she fell in love with Benoit Beauséjour-Savard on The Bachelor: Winter Games, and even got engaged. Unfortunately, the couple has since split (which you already knew because…she’s The Bachelorette). Hopefully, the fifth time is the charm.