Meet Clare Crawley: Season 16’s Bachelorette

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If you’ve kept up with the latest seasons of “The Bachelor” or “The Bachelorette” featuring Colton Underwood, Hannah B. and our latest bachelor, Peter Weber, you’ve probably noticed a major theme: each bachelor or bachelorette is usually a fan favorite contestant picked from the previous season.

From Kelsey to Victoria F. to even Hannah B., “Bachelor” fans assumed the role of the next bachelorette would go to one of Pilot Pete’s exes. Therefore, Bachelor Nation was in total shock this past Monday when Good Morning America revealed that Clare Crawley, a Bachelor Nation alum, is ABC’s next bachelorette.

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With all of the scandals, pettiness and drama that came along with season 24’s contestants, it’s no wonder that ABC decided to mirror Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s season and cast an alum for season 16 of “The Bachelorette.”So, if you’re new to the Bachelor fam or can’t remember much of previous seasons, you probably don’t know much about Clare Crawley.

Aside from being one of the biggest Bachelor Nation alum, the outdoorsy 38 year-old hairstylist from Sacramento, California, told GMA that she “enjoys spending time with her two dogs, Elby and Honey, doing yoga and hiking with friends.”  

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Crawley first made her mark on Bachelor Nation back in 2014 as a the runner-up of Juan Pablo Galavis’s season. After Galavis made crude sexual comments (which Crawley says were too insulting and offensive to ever repeat) on their final date and then rudely dumped her, Crawley gave a speech telling Galavis that she “would never want her children having a father like him.”

After enduring a whole lot of slut-shaming from Juan Pablo because of their ocean hook-up (that never happened, according to Crawley) and the general train wreck that was Juan Pablo’s season, Crawley tried looking for love on both seasons 1 and 2 of “Bachelor in Paradise.”

Although she left both seasons of “Bachelor in Paradise” after only a few weeks into the show, she went on to “Winter Games,” a sports-themed “Bachelor” spinoff that features bachelors and bachelorettes from all over the world. It was then that she got engaged to Benoît Beauséjour-Savard, a contestant from Canada; however, the couple revealed on Instagram that they mutually decided to end the relationship just two months after their engagement. Although their relationship didn’t work out, Beauséjour-Savard took to Instagram to wish Crawley luck on her journey as the next bachelorette.

Ready for her fifth shot at finding love on “The Bachelorette,” Crawley is hoping her age will be her advantage this season. The 38 year-old told GMA that she’s proud of her age, saying, “There’s more years under my belt, more learning and knowing what I want, what I don’t want and what I won’t settle for.”

When it comes to her potential love interests, age isn’t an issue for Crawley. All she wants for a potential partner is a strong man who is “willing to take off the body armor, open himself up and be vulnerable.” For her, it’s not about what’s on the outside; instead, Crawley told GMA that it’s about “if they go out of their way for me, and and they make me feel special because this is about me now and I’m ready for it.”

Are you ready for it? Catch Clare Crawley on Season 16 of NBC’s “The Bachelorette,” where she might finally find love once and for all.

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