Calling within the specialists! As Clayton Echard’s dramatic conclusion started on the Monday, March 14, episode of The Bachelor, a number of members of Bachelor Nation appeared dwell to weigh in on how he dealt with the top of his journey.
Monday’s episode kicked off with Clayton, 28, telling finalists Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey that Susie Evans left after informing the previous soccer participant that his sexual previous with the opposite contestants was a deal-breaker. After very emotional conversations with each ladies, Clayton satisfied each Rachel and Gabby to remain — however not everybody was impressed with how he made that occur.
“If I’m being honest, [he’s handling this] not well. Not well at all,” Clare Crawley advised Jesse Palmer. “It’s tough to watch. It’s tough to be on our side of it. We all know what that feels like. But watching it is excruciating.”
Nick Viall added that Clayton “left out the most important thing” when opening as much as Rachel and Gabby — he already advised Susie he beloved her “the most.”
“I feel like that would be something that these women would want to hear, especially Gabby when he was trying to convince her not to trust her gut,” the previous Bachelor mentioned. “Listen, I think Clayton might have the best intentions, but I think he never took the time to consider the position of power that he’s in as the Bachelor and he never took the time to empathize with these women and what it would be like to be in their shoes and unfortunately I think you’re seeing a guy who is focused on finding love for himself and not finding love with someone else. And it’s just, I think it would go a long way for him to have been more empathetic and just put himself in their shoes.”
Michelle Young, for her half, reiterated that there’s “no handbook” being the lead.
“Being vulnerable is a really strong thing to do — to put yourself out there and give everything you have. But I think it’s just this huge reminder that when you’re in a relationship — whether it’s family, whether it’s friends, an intimate relationship — you have to handle it with care,” she mentioned. “Both sides have to be willing to put in the same amount of effort and both sides have to feel heard and acknowledged and I think that’s the only way that, you know, two people can work past something like this.”
While a majority of the viewers — and several other alums — have slammed Clayton, Kaitlyn Bristowe, for one, beforehand defended the Missouri native’s fantasy suite actions.
“I’m just going to speak from personal experience — I can’t say if you’re in that position because when would you ever be in that position, but when you’re in that position, you are making a life-altering decision,” the season 11 Bachelorette mentioned on Tuesday, March 8, through Instagram Stories. “You genuinely fall in love with more [than one] person, so why would you not be intimate with more than one person and when you’re trying to find the person to spend the rest of your life with? Why do we judge so hard on this?”
Clayton subsequently appeared on Kaitlyn’s “Off the Vine” podcast, addressing allegations that he was a “gaslighter.”
“I’m almost fuming at people using this term gaslighting. … I did not manipulate her,” he mentioned throughout the Thursday, March 10, episode. “I allowed my emotions to attack her and I wish I wouldn’t have done that. I was very upset. And I let my emotions get the best of me. I’m 1,000 percent in wrong for that. And I really wish I would never have acted that way toward her. But I did not gaslight or manipulate her, and that is 1,000 percent a fact.”
The second a part of The Bachelor season 26 finale airs on ABC Tuesday, March 15, at 8 p.m. ET.
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