Are you ready for a rose? Bachelor contestant Salley CarsonWhen eagle-eyed fans saw that she was engaged, it raised eyebrows. Avery BuchholzShortly before leaving for the ABC series,
ABC teased potential suitors as they vowed to compete for the role of helm for season 26 when news broke that the former football player was returning to the show. Clayton Echard‘s heart. Reality Steve found out that Salley, listed as one 31 women on the season was engaged. She was celebrating her bachelorette party one week before she left for Los Angeles to film. The Bachelor.
According to photos taken by her friends, the 26 year-old Southern belle toasts to her Mexico wedding in August 2021. Salley, for her part, doesn’t have any pictures from the weekend on her social media pages. She did, however, lean into her past relationship status listing “previously engaged” as her profession on her ABC bio.
“Salley is a real-life Meredith Grey looking for her McDreamy,” her bio reads. “[She] keeps a tight circle of friends that she likes to have dinner and drinks with but is a career-focused girl who is usually in bed by 11 p.m.”
Salley is described as “religious, family-oriented and adventurous.” When it comes to what she wants in a future partner, she identified a man “who is loyal, fun and willing to give her lots of attention because, why lie? She loves it!”
Fans were able to see Salley and Clayton meet before the official limo entrances. This was during the January 2022 premiere. She told the lead that she called off her previous engagement due to a “lack of trust,” but ultimately turned down Clayton’s offer for an early rose.
“I think she followed her heart and did what she thought was best,” Clayton said on Us Weekly’s “Here for the Right Reasons” podcast at the time. “I mean, that’s a question for her to be like, ‘Do you regret that decision?’ I don’t know, but I think in that moment, she felt that was the right way to go about it. To say, ‘Hey, listen, I’m not fully invested or mentally, I’m not here 100 percent, so I have to walk away.’ I respected her decision.”
He added that he didn’t see her past engagement — which ended weeks before the show began filming — as a “red flag.”
“People saw two minutes [of]Although we were having a conversation or something on TV, we spoke for over an hour. And you gotta remember — or keep this in mind — she came to me instead of just going home. She showed up to my hotel room and it’s like, ‘Why would she do that?’” he explained. “And then that’s what she expressed to me. She’s like, ‘You know what? I came here thinking that I was over it. I’m not sure now, but meeting you makes me feel like maybe I can look past that.’ I really liked what I saw of her. She was charming and genuine. I liked what I saw as a first impression. And so, I thought, ‘Hey, if I give her a rose, then she can go into night one [with]Relaxed mindset. Not as anxious, not so fearful. And maybe after a few days, she’ll be able to kind of move beyond that state of mind that she was in.”
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