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Clare and Dale's Messy Split: Breaking Down the Timeline, Cheating Rumors

If you thought Clare Crawley and Dale Mossengagement was fast, wait until you learn how long it took for their split to turn messy. The Bachelorette season 16 couple’s relationship has been plagued by cheating allegations and other accusations.

The 39-year-old hairstylist made history when she was named the oldest Bachelorette in history in March 2020. While the ABC series was forced to suspend production on her season for several months due to the COVID-19 crisis, Clare was able to familiarize herself with her contestants, including 32-year-old Dale, via their social media presences. The former football player, for his part, claimed he turned down an opportunity to appear on the series more than once but accepted the invitation for season 16 after he watched Clare on Good Morning America.

“I actually finally committed to it four days before everyone was supposed to leave for the show. And the only reason I committed to it was because Clare was announced as Bachelorette at that time,” he said on the January 13 episode of the “Raising the Bar with Alli and Adrian” podcast. (It’s unclear when the episode was recorded.)

He continued: “I know that she had been through this before, but I felt by watching her that this was her time and she was exactly where she was meant to be.”

When production on season 16 of The Bachelorette finally resumed in July 2020, Clare’s love for Dale — which she insists was formed solely based off looking at his Instagram account — was confirmed when he stepped out of the limo. After less than two weeks of filming, she broke off her relationships with the 16 remaining contestants and accepted a proposal from Dale in early August 2020.

Three months later, Clare and Dale’s love story finished airing in a November 2020 episode of The Bachelorette and they were free to live their lives in the real world. The twosome subsequently announced their plans for him to move from New York City to her native Sacramento, California. After ringing in the new year together, however, Us Weekly confirmed that there were “serious issues” in their relationship that they were trying to work through. Social media users also began to question their status after they went quiet online following a getaway at a beach house in La Jolla, California, in early January.

Hours after several outlets confirmed speculation that the twosome were on the rocks on Tuesday, January 19, Dale took to Instagram to confirm their relationship was over.

“I wanted [to] share with you all that Clare and I have decided to go our separate ways. We appreciate the love and support we’ve received from so many people, but this is the healthiest decision for both of us at this time,” he wrote via Instagram. “We strongly believe in leading with love and always remaining true to oneself — something our families have taught and instilled in us throughout our lives. We only hope the best things for one another.”

Two days later, Clare broke her silence — and alleged that she wasn’t on the same page as her former fiancé.

“I was made aware of a ‘mutual’ statement at the same time you all were, so I’ve needed some time to really digest this,” she wrote on Thursday, January 21. “Speaking for myself, my intentions with this relationship have always been very clear, so the truth is I am crushed. This was not what I expected or hoped for and am still trying to process this.”

Clare added that she was “looking forward to the light at the end of the tunnel” after “battling severe anxiety post-show, balancing a public new relationship … [and] slowing losing my mother” to Alzheimer’s disease in 2020.

“Our relationship was not perfect,” she admitted. “But I can say that I was genuinely invested with all of my heart. I may not have the answers, but I do know this — I will continue to show up, stand by my word and be committed to love.”

Scroll through for everything we know about Clare and Dale’s messy split:

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According to a source, Clare and Dale pulled the plug on their relationship the week before he announced the split on January 19. “He wanted to release his statement then, but Clare begged him to wait to announce it,” the source said. “She told him she needed some time to deal with it herself before the world.

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The Announcement Debate

While a source told Us that Clare was aware Dale was going to confirm their split via Instagram on January 19, claiming she “didn’t find out with the rest of the world,” Clare insisted in her statement on January 21 that she was “made aware of a ‘mutual’ statement at the same time you all were.”

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Clare and Dale did not agree on a lot of things in the long run when they sat down and really discussed the future of their relationship. They had been fighting a lot as of late,” one source told Us. “Clare started many of the arguments, and Dale would try not to rock the boat too much, but it all became too much for the both of them. They finally realized that perhaps they did move too quickly after all.”

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Clare’s Issues With Dale’s Family

According to another source, Clare and Dale’s relationship “caused friction” with the athlete’s “friends and family.” In addition to Dale’s sister showing her support for her brother via Instagram on January 21, Dale’s cousin seemingly slammed Clare earlier this month.

According to alleged screenshots shared via social media,  the cousin, who was on their San Diego trip in early January, unfollowed Clare and wrote, “We know the truth! Now unfollow US in real life” via his Instagram Stories.

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The Cheating Claims

Following the split news, Dale was accused of cheating on Clare, with an eyewitness telling E! News that he enjoyed a “candlelit dinner” with an unidentified woman at Cipriani Downtown in New York City in November 2020 (the same month his proposal to Clare aired on ABC).

While the outlet reported that it looked like a date, a source told Us that woman is simply “a longtime friend” of the aspiring entertainment host.

“There is zero truth to any cheating rumors,” the source claimed. “Dale was faithful the entire time he was dating Clare. He never cheated on her.”

Clare, meanwhile, has yet to publicly react to the cheating allegations.


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Where They Stand Now

While Dale told a photographer on January 19 that he believes he and Clare will be “cool” in the future, the hairdresser wrote on January 21 via Instagram that she is “crushed” by the split. (An insider also told Us that Clare is “not holding up well” at the moment.)

Dale seemingly tried to send support to his ex by “liking” Clare’s post. The twosome also still follow each other via Instagram.

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