When Bachelor Winter Games started, it looked like it was going to be fun, borderline silly, and include lots of making out. I had no idea that it would end with a serious relationship. Benoit got down on one knee to propose to Clare, and Bachelor nation couldn't believe it. Tweets about Benoit and Clare's engagement prove fans are excited about this couple and can't wait to see what's next.
When Chris Harrison asked why she wanted to endure another season of the Bachelor franchise, Clare responded, "I'm not a person who gives up on anything, especially anything as great as love."
How did Benoit and Clare reconnect? According to the reality star, the moment she got back home to Sacramento, she received a text from someone asking if she was OK after all the drama on Winter Games. She was so touched by this act of kindness that the two rekindled their flame.
According to Benoit, the two have spent hours FaceTiming, hanging out, and connecting. In Clare's words, "I've always wanted a man who wouldn't give up on me." She continued, "He always has my back and puts up with my crazy." The whole encounter was really sweet.
Benoit proposing was surprising. Fans were half-heartedly cheering at the beginning because I don't think any of us knew what to expect. He said that Clare made him a believer in love at first sight, and that they are a lot stronger together. He promised to "never ever give up" on her.
Fans were here for the romance between Benoit and Clare. Twitter was feeling the love, and couldn't stop gushing about it.
Clare and Benoit's relationship was in a rocky place in Vermont. Episode 2 left the couple in tears, resulting in Benoit packing his bags and heading home.
Clare was involved in an awkward love triangle that she couldn't quite figure out fast enough. While French-Canadian Benoit was ready to lay his heart on the line for her, Clare hadn't had the chance to explore her relationship with Christian. She told Entertainment Tonight during an exclusive interview that being in a love triangle on Winter Games was a "pleasant surprise" for her. She said,
Being in a love triangle was something that I thought would never happen on any of the shows, so it was definitely something new for me, and I didn't expect really any guy to be interested in me. I felt like I was going to be the old lady in the group … It was a pleasant surprise.
Clare and Christian crashed and burned during Episode 3 when a kissing competition judged by JoJo Fletcher, Rachel Lindsay, and current Bachelor Arie proved they weren't quite connecting. Needless to say, Benoit has always been the obvious choice.
Even though he left in a puddle of tears, he had nothing but good things to say about Clare after the drama aired on TV.
He said in an Instagram post,
I’m so glad I met so many good friends from cast to the crew... but more especially, a wonderful woman in [Clare Crawley]. You know that there is a lot of editing and there are a lot of talks that you guys missed. I have so much respect for her and that is why I left the show thinking that she deserves the best because she is the best.
This makes so much more sense now that I know they are in love. Clare wasn't eager to drop any hints about her relationship status before World Tells All, either. She told ET before the season,
I'm a very private person, so I think in the public eye, it appears I've just been doing no dating [these last few years off-camera], but as a matter of fact, I've had some pretty serious relationships … but I'm not one to settle.
Clare, you are a tricky one. Now that the secret is out of the bag, fans are so supportive of this new Bachelor relationship. Could this mean another televised wedding? I'll keep my fingers crossed.
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