The Bachelor stars Clayton Echard and Susie Evans announce break up

The Bachelor stars Clayton Echard and Susie Evans announce break up: ‘This was a painful decision to make and not one taken lightly’

The Bachelor‘s Clayton Echard and Susie Evans announced their breakup on Friday. 

Echard, 29, and Evans, 29, got together over the course of The Bachelor’s 26th season, but the pair released a joint statement announcing their relationship had run its course. 

‘With incredibly heavy hearts, we wanted to share that we have decided to go our separate ways,’ the pair wrote. ‘For anyone who has ever loved, knows this was a painful decision to make and not one taken lightly.’ 

Ending: The Bachelor's Clayton Echard and Susie Evans announced their break up on Friday

Ending: The Bachelor’s Clayton Echard and Susie Evans announced their break up on Friday

Echard and Evans then said they knew there would be a number of questions about the breakup and alluded to outside factors interfering in their romance. 

‘But we will share this — although this last year together has brought us so much joy and so many laughs, there has also been a significant amount of pain,’ they wrote. ‘We know no healthy relationship comes without its struggles, but we’ve 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. We both are 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 stand in support of each other and hope to see the other go on 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 each other. 

‘Thank you to all of you that supported our relationship. It means so much more than you will ever know. ❤️’

Joint statement: Echard, 29, and Evans, 29, got together over the course of The Bachelor's 26th season, but the pair released a joint statement announcing their relationship had run its course

Joint statement: Echard, 29, and Evans, 29, got together over the course of The Bachelor’s 26th season, but the pair released a joint statement announcing their relationship had run its course

Outside problems: Echard and Evans then said they knew there would be a number of questions about the breakup, but they did allude to outside factors interfering in their romance (pictured March 2022)

Outside problems: Echard and Evans then said they knew there would be a number of questions about the breakup, but they did allude to outside factors interfering in their romance (pictured March 2022)

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

The couple had a tumultuous relationship before the show ended. 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 he’d already been intimate with Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia. 

‘You just dropped a bombshell on me, and I don’t agree with it at all how you went about it,’ he said to her at the time, according to People. ‘I think it’s BS … I’m sorry that I even raised my voice. It’s because I cared so much, I really did love you. … Anything you say to me at this point doesn’t matter to me anymore, so I’m going to walk you out.’ 

Sent home: The couple had a tumultuous relationship before the show ended. 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 (pictured 2021)

Sent home: The couple had a tumultuous relationship before the show ended. 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 (pictured 2021)

Too late: Echard then revealed he'd already been intimate with Gabby Windey (right) and Rachel Recchia (left)

Too late: Echard then revealed he’d already been intimate with Gabby Windey (right) and Rachel Recchia (left)

Susie came back during part two of the finale after Echard broke up with both Gabby and Rachel. 

Ultimately though, she didn’t accept the final rose from him, choosing to leave the show solo instead. 

The pair revealed in March that they got 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 pair revealed in March that they got together after the show ended

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

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