From Marie Claire
Spoilers for this season of The Bachelorette ahead. This actually might be the most dramatic season ever: Tayshia Adams will replace Clare Crawley as this upcoming season’s The Bachelorette after the first few episodes. Here’s the tea: Crawley quit the show for a contestant named Dale Moss. Although no details have been verified by Crawley, Moss, or ABC, there’s some compelling evidence that she and Moss are still together now—and may even be engaged.
The first five episodes of Crawley’s season will seem pretty normal—we’ll have dates, roses, one-on-ones, you name it—but according to Reality Steve, it’s obvious to everybody from day one that Moss is the frontrunner. (If you saw the first episode, you’ll have seen that Crawley says, “I definitely feel like I just met my husband” after meeting Moss, and gives him the first impression rose.) And just a couple of episodes in, the rest of her contestants know it, too. So Crawley bows out to be with Moss (more on exactly what that means later), and Adams takes over the rest of the season. (You can see Tayshia’s cast list here.)
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Did Moss and Crawley meet before the show?
There are conflicting reports. According to a source talking to People, the potential new couple did find a way to chat with each other before the show.
“One of her potential guys found a way to get in touch with her and they began talking…By the time filming officially began, they were basically already in love. No one else stood a chance. It just became so obvious from her subsequent few dates that her heart wasn’t in it and she just wasn’t feeling it. Then she said she wanted out.”
However. The person who got in touch with her, it was revealed in the first episode, wasn’t actually Moss, but contestant Blake Moynes—and Reality Steve, usually a very reliable source, says that Moss and Crawley actually hadn’t spoken before filming started. But Crawley had had the chance to scope him out:
“You gotta remember that Clare had 4 months to scope out anything Dale did on social media beforehand. None of the previous 39 leads before her did, and unless a pandemic shuts production days before it’s supposed to start again, none will in the future…You have FOUR MONTHS to look at someone’s social media posts and dig online about them, Clare absolutely knew way more about Dale going in, which is what makes it different than a lead who their favorites night one.”
What does Moss do for a living?
Moss hails from South Dakota and played football for South Dakota State University as well as a practice squad player for the NFL. His bio says he played with the Green Bay Packers, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Chicago Bears. According to Life & Style, he “obviously loves working out, sports, of course, and anything involving health and fitness. He’s very cautious about what he eats and likes to try new healthy things. He also loves dogs.” (Perfect, because Clare also loves dogs, and hers even came to the mansion with her.) According to his Instagram, he’s a Special Olympics global ambassador and does other philanthropic work, per his website.
Lots more photos at his website, but the man is gorgeous. He’s modeled for Hugo Boss, Grey Goose, and John Varvatos, among others. Moss’ Instagram is private, but he’s already at 120k followers (and I imagine that number will absolutely grow). He calls himself a “entertainment host and media personality” and says that in addition to modeling he’s “executive producing and providing creative direction to global brands such as Under Armour, Hugo Boss, Express, United Airlines and media outlets such as Vayner Media & One37pm.”
He’s also made appearances at film after-parties and NYFW:
What is Moss’ relationship history?
Before coming on the show, Moss dated golfer Seema Sadekar. “When I met him, they had just broken up,” explained an insider who knew Moss at the time. “My impression was he always wanted to get back with her. When it comes to girls, she’s the one he would talk about the most.” The relationship was apparently “serious,” but the two had broken up by the time Moss was tapped to be on the show.
Are Dale and Clare engaged now?
The big question! For now, both parties are staying very tight-lipped until the show airs. Crawley was spotted wearing an engagement ring, however, and tried to do damage control: “People have noticed I wear this ring on my wedding finger, and have asked why!” she wrote on Instagram. “The truth is because it is a commitment to myself first and foremost, to embody self-love.” Hmm.
Notes Reality Steve: “For the 1000th time, THEY. DO. NOT. GET. TO. HAVE. THEIR. RING. WHILE. THE. SHOW. IS. AIRING. We see this story every season, and every season they’re wrong. Any engagement that happens at the end of filming, the girl does not even get to hold on to the ring while the show airs, let alone actually wear it.” (This has been confirmed by multiple other Bachelor stars.)
He has, however, said that the two absolutely are engaged. In an Instagram Live, RS said: “Him and Clare are together and most certainly engaged.” Apparently, Moss proposed to Crawley less than two weeks after meeting her.
Either way, we’re likely to find out pretty quickly what’s going on, because Crawley will only be the lead for one or two more episodes before leaving with Moss and handing the reins to Adams. And, per Reality Steve, it make sense for Moss and Crawley to be able to go public about their relationship as soon as the episode in which they leave together airs—which will probably be in the next couple of weeks.
When we’re finally able to hear from them, we’ll also get an update on how Crawley and Moss’ relationship has progressed—because even if they did get engaged quickly, it’s now been a few months since they met, and presumably they’ve had a lot of time to get to know each other now, especially in quarantine.
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