News within Bachelor Nation has been a bit rocky lately!
Unfortunately, relationships within the ‘Bachelor’ franchise have been dissolving like flies. ‘Bachelorette’ favorites Michelle Young and her ex-fiancé Nayte Olukoya sadly called it quits earlier this summer before the pair could make it down the aisle.
During the same month, Young’s fellow 2021 ‘Bachelorette’ Katie Thurston announced she and her beau, John Hersey, decided to end their relationship of less than a year.
The Bachelor Nation news cycle hasn’t been all thorns and tears: “The Bachelor” alumna Madison Prewett recently announced her engagement to her partner of eight months, and Prewett’s ex-boyfriend Peter Weber was recently seen hanging out with one of his other ex-girlfriends, Kelley Flannigan.
It’s about time Bachelor Nation has some brand new piping hot relationship tea to bring in some fresh roses!
Which Bachelor Nation Couple Is Testing The Relationship Waters In An Innovative Way?
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Clayton Echard held “The Bachelor” title for the series’ 18th season, and his road to successfully finding love took a bit longer than your standard season of a ‘Bachelor’ franchise show!
The Blast heavily covered the highs and lows of Echard’s journey. At the end of his season, Echard’s final two contestants, Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey were left standing at the final rose ceremony, but Echard was not fully ready to commit to either woman.
Instead, he had fallen in love with both future ‘Bachelorettes’ and also had leftover feelings for Susie Evans, who had decided to leave the show prior to the season finale.
The “After The Final Rose” special for Echard’s season was filled with surprises that all impacted Bachelor Nation for the foreseeable future! Recchia and Windey were announced as the leads for a joint season of “The Bachelorette,” and it was revealed Echard and Evans had begun dating after filming for “The Bachelor” had wrapped.
Echard and Evans, both 29, had a rough transition into their post-‘Bachelor’ relationship.
Public perception of the outcome of Echard’s season of “The Bachelor” had not been incredibly kind to the couple.
Echard has been publicly candid about his dissatisfaction with how his season unfolded. According to one of our reports from last month, Echard described his actions on the series felt “embarrassed and disgusted by my actions and the way I was portrayed or seen on TV.”
He also hasn’t been shy about the extent of the negative reception he received following his season finale.
Echard displayed screenshots of hateful direct messages while speaking to a panel of mental health professionals last month.
The onslaught of DMs sent the former Bachelor into a period of sadness, which he detailed while speaking on the panel.
“I was too afraid to walk out in public because I thought that everyone who looked at me was one of those people [who sent the hateful direct messages],” Echard admitted.
The couple also responded to the large amount of screentime on the first episode of the current season of “The Bachelorette.” The couple made TikToks in response both together and respectively. (via The Blast).
What Are Echard And Evans Doing?
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The couple is finally in the process of beginning their relationship away from reality TV!
The duo has an intriguing update about their living situation. Echard and Evans previously moved in together in Virginia Beach, according to Us Weekly, and now they are gearing up to take their relationship in a new direction!
Evans and Echard have decided to move away from their Virginia Beach home quarters, and are going their separate ways… but only location-wise!
That’s right, the couple has decided to keep dating despite their bombshell decision. Echard spoke about their decision to respectively relocate on the “Not Skinny But Not Fat” podcast.
“We’re like, ‘we don’t know if it’s going to be a month-long [relationship] from here, or if it’s gonna be lifetime, but like, there’s no pressure,” he explained, “Let’s just love each other and be thankful.”
He went on to reveal more about the new phase of their relationship.
“We’re very, very happy right now and in a really good spot, but yeah, we went through it- together though. Thankfully, she’s been on my side and that’s the reason why I can sit here with so much positivity is because of her,” he concluded. (via Us Weekly)
Now, THIS is a new relationship milestone in Bachelor Nation!