Clayton Echard and Susie Evans

'The Bachelor's Clayton Echard Reveals Vulnerable Reason For Susie Evans Split

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By Taylor Hodgkins on October 5, 2022 at 2:00 PM EDT

"The Bachelor's'' Clayton Echard and Susie Evans stunned Bachelor Nation with the news of their break-up late last month.

The duo, who began dating after Echard's whirlwind season of "The Bachelor" had wrapped, had embarked on a new phase of their relationship shortly before deciding to call it quits.

Evans and Echard had always been open to publicly discussing their relationship, including those aspects that perhaps, weren't the rosiest.

The couple's decision to pursue a long-distance relationship in August was no exception.

The mutual choice had been fueled by their shared desire to "chase our dreams," as Echard shared back in August in an interview with the "Not Skinny But Not Fat" podcast per Us Weekly.

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What Lead To The Couple's Decision To Permanently Call It Quits?

Evans and Echard were both initially feeling optimistic about their decision to try a long-distance relationship. The Blast explored the couple's thought process, which Echard also touched on in his aforementioned podcast interview.

Echard shared that he and Evans were committed to the idea of living in the present moment and resolving to not allow themselves to get lost in a spiral of negative thinking.

"We're like, 'we don't know if it's going to be a month-long relationship from here, or if it's going to be a lifetime, but like, there's no pressure. Let's just love each other and be thankful.'"

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Echard also shared he and his now-ex worked to mutually come up with a practical outlook surrounding the very real possibility their long-distance relationship could inspire nothing but trouble for the couple, and what they could do to remedy the situation.

"Distance makes the heart grow fonder," Echard also said in the interview. "She has her own dreams and aspirations. And we're going to give it a shot... if it doesn't work and we're like, 'we don't like this distance, it's hurting us,' then one of us will move to the other person." (per Us Weekly)

A month after their decision to try a long-distance relationship, the 'Bachelor' duo announced their decision to split up, via an Instagram post.

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Echard and Evans were coy when it came to explicitly revealing the reason for their split. However, they were extremely transparent with Bachelor Nation and their fans in sharing their relationship had not been the easiest.

"We know no healthy relationship comes without its struggles," the couple wrote in the Instagram post, which they had both shared on their respective accounts. "but we have realized that we were not prepared for the external forces that hindered our ability to not only heal as individuals but also as a couple."

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Echard Understood He Couldn't Be The Best Partner He Knew He Could Be For Evans

The former couple trusted Bachelor Nation favorite Kaitlyn Bristowe to be at the helm of a joint interview where they revealed more details surrounding their split.

Bristowe's podcast "Off The Vine" has been a longtime destination for Bachelor Nation favorites to share their post-show experiences with the show's perpetually curious fanbase. Echard and Evans appeared in today's episode of the podcast, titled "The One About The Breakup."

Echard vulnerably discussed several aspects of post-show-related insecurities which had all contributed to the couple's decision to split up.

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"There were all of these unknowns," Echard told Bristowe in their conversation per Us Weekly. "And I think it put me in a place of instability. Plus, with all of the backlash from the show, it became very overwhelming very quickly. And so, what I think what ended up happening is I was trying to figure out my next step was [and] I started questioning who I was because of all the negativity. I started to believe some of the things being said about me. And now I look back at it, and realize like, I couldn't be that stable, secure man that I needed to be to really give it my all in a relationship."

Evans revealed she had been aware of her former partner's struggles with instability and acknowledged she had been unable to "provide that as well" because she'd been "unsure."

"I was like, you know, 'I can't wait three months,' Evans said, in reference to Echard's need for more healing time from public scrutiny he received after his season of "The Bachelor" wrapped. "I can't promise three months or whatever. And I think that's really hard in a relationship too when I'm on the other hand like, 'I need security... I want to be two whole people," Evans vulnerably concluded.

Echard also revealed how he and Evans have been navigating life after parting ways.

He shared, "the damage [from their split] is still too fresh" to consider the possibility of reuniting with Evans.

Clayton Echard and Susie Evans' "Off The Vine" interview is now streaming.

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