“The Bachelor” stars Clayton Echard and Susie Evans announce their split


‘The Bachelor’ stars Clayton Echard and Susie Evans announce split: ‘It was a painful decision to make and not taken lightly’

The Bachelor Clayton Echard and Susie Evans announced their split on Friday.

Echard, 29, and Evans, 29, got together during the 26th season of The Bachelor, but the two released a joint statement announcing their relationship was over.

“It is with incredibly heavy hearts that we wanted to share that we have decided to go our separate ways,” the two wrote. “Anyone who has ever loved knows it was a painful decision that was not taken lightly.”

The End: The Bachelor Clayton Echard and Susie Evans announced their split on Friday

The End: The Bachelor Clayton Echard and Susie Evans announced their split on Friday

At the time, Echard and Evans said they knew there would be a number of questions about the split and hinted at outside factors interfering with their romance.

“But we’re going to share this — while the last year together has brought us so much joy and so much laughter, there’s also been a significant amount of pain,” they wrote. “We know that no healthy relationship comes without struggles, but we realized that we weren’t prepared for the outside forces that hindered our ability to heal not only as individuals, but as a couple. We are both focused on continuing to work on ourselves so we can be the best version of ourselves.

They continued: “This is not an easy time for either of us, but we support each other and hope to see the other continue to find happiness and healing. Although Claysie is no more, we hope that our communities can support us individually as we move forward with love and respect for one another.

“Thank you to all of you who have supported our relationship. It means so much more than you’ll ever know. ❤️’

Joint statement: Echard, 29, and Evans, 29, got together during the 26th season of The Bachelor, but the couple released a joint statement announcing their relationship was over

Joint statement: Echard, 29, and Evans, 29, got together during the 26th season of The Bachelor, but the couple released a joint statement announcing their relationship was over

Outside issues: Echard and Evans said at the time they knew there would be a number of questions about the split, but they hinted at outside factors interfering with their romance (pictured March 2022)

Outside issues: Echard and Evans said at the time they knew there would be a number of questions about the split, but they hinted at outside factors interfering with their romance (pictured March 2022)

The news comes about a month after the two announced they were moving to different states. Echard moved to Arizona while Evans headed to Los Angeles.

The couple had a tumultuous relationship before the end of the show. Echard sent Evans home after she said she didn’t want him to have sex with any of the other contestants during the fantasy suite week.

Echard then revealed that he had already been intimate with Gabby Windy and Rachel Recchia.

“You just dropped a bomb on me and I don’t agree at all with how you did it,” he told her at the time, according to people. “I think it’s BS… I’m sorry I even raised my voice. It’s because I cared so much that I really loved you. … Anything you tell me at this point doesn’t matter to me anymore, so I’ll send you away.”

Sent Home: The couple had a tumultuous relationship before the end of the show.  Echard sent Evans home after she said she didn't want him to have sex with any of the other contestants during Fantasy Apartment Week (pictured 2021)

Sent Home: The couple had a tumultuous relationship before the end of the show. Echard sent Evans home after she said she didn’t want him to have sex with any of the other contestants during Fantasy Apartment Week (pictured 2021)

Too late: Then Echard revealed he had already been intimate with Gabby Windy (right) and Rachel Recchia (left)

Too late: Then Echard revealed he had already been intimate with Gabby Windy (right) and Rachel Recchia (left)

Susie returned during the second part of the finale after Echard broke up with Gabby and Rachel.

In the end, however, she didn’t accept the final rose from him, instead deciding to leave the show solo.

The two revealed in March that they had gotten back together after the show ended.

Season 27 of The Bachelor is currently in the works and will star Zach Shallcross as the titular man looking for love.

Post-show romance: The couple revealed in March that they got back together after the show ended

Post-show romance: The couple revealed in March that they got back together after the show ended

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