One couple that Bachelor Nation rooted for, start to finish, was Clare Crawley and Benoit Beauséjour-Savard, who met in 2018 on The Bachelor: Winter Games and ultimately got engaged. After Juan Pablo and two stints on Paradise, Crawley deserved a great love; Beauséjour-Savard wanted to be it. Things didn't work out between the two, which was heartbreaking, if not entirely unexpected—they had a bumpy ride even before they got engaged—and now that Crawley is the next Bachelorette, Beauséjour-Savard, a genuinely sweet guy who seemed to want the best for her, says he's happy for Crawley. Let's take a walk down memory lane for these two, shall we?
How did Clare and Benoit meet?
It was the classic love story: Boy and girl meet while staying in the same lodge while competing (badly) in winter sports; boy likes girl; girl likes boy; girl gets hung up on someone else and then gets in fight with that person about a hot tub date that she didn't show up for; boy flees the lodge in tears. Okay, so it's a little unorthodox, but who among us hasn't been there...?
All right, let's go back to the beginning. Crawley and Beauséjour-Savard, a contestant on Canada's Bachelorette, met during 2018's The Bachelor: Winter Games, which brought together contestants from multiple countries to compete in winter sports. (The competing itself, if you wondered, was laughably bad. Just really, really bad.) They connected, they made out, and everything was going swimmingly until Crawley developed a crush on Christian Rauch, who'd been on the show in Germany and, later, in Switzerland. Then Rauch asked Crawley to meet her in the hot tub and she misunderstood, which sparked perhaps one of the greatest Bachelor arguments of all time. I quote: "I'm not sure what happens in the U.S., but in Germany when we say we go in the Jacuzzi, its a date!"
Beauséjour-Savard, at this point, began to realize that maybe he wasn't Crawley's first pick. He told her that he wasn't interested in looking elsewhere for love, and if she wasn't all in with him, he'd leave. She wasn't all in, so they had an emotional goodbye, and he left the lodge.
What did Benoit say when Clare become The Bachelorette?
He posted a very sweet caption: "Congratulations to this gem!! She will be an amazing Bachelorette. She is smart, fun, strong, knows what she wants and most importantly, she will call out the guys messing around!! Hell yeah!! Good Luck on your journey to find love @clarecrawley !! You will be the best 🙌🏼 #thebestbacheloretteever"
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I mean, talk about ex-fiancé goals. And yes, I did say ex-fiancé, because...
Did Benoit...propose to Clare?
Yes! When Crawley and Rauch didn't work out, she reconnected with Beauséjour-Savard off-show, and he proposed at After The Final Rose. It was very, very sweet.
However. Just two months later...
Why did Benoit and Clare break up?
Alas! In April, two months after getting engaged, the couple called it quits. Crawley wrote on Instagram: "It's with a heavy heart that we have mutually decided to end our relationship. We think the world of each other, and we were hoping we could make this work. I'm sorry that this may not be what you want to hear, but it's our truth. Just know there are no negative feelings here, we are simply two people who believed in love, and were open enough to give it a chance."
What is Benoit doing now?
Later, Beauséjour-Savard showed up on Bachelor In Paradise. He didn't end up really hitting it off with anybody, and left in week three. His Instagram doesn't suggest he's in a relationship now, but he does post a lot of photos with dogs, which is just as good.
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