Bachelor Clayton Echard Should’ve Picked Rachel Recchia

Months after calling it quits, Susie Evans nonetheless has questions on her relationship with season 26 Bachelor Clayton Echard.

“I bear in mind struggling for a very long time considering — and to at the present time, I nonetheless type of assume — like, ‘Why did you choose me? We aren’t appropriate,’” the 29-year-old wedding ceremony videographer defined on the Tuesday, March 21, episode of the “Viall Recordsdata” podcast.

Susie was joined by Andrew Spencer on Nick Viall’s present to recap Zach Shallcross’ fantasy suite dates, which aired on Monday, March 20. As Bachelor Nation might recall, issues took a flip for Susie and Clayton, additionally 29, within the 2022 season when she expressed issues that he slept with Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey throughout their respective in a single day dates. Their dialog bought heated and resulted in Susie quickly leaving the present.


Susie Evans, Clayton Echard, and Rachel Recchia.
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“I believe it’s extra of a testomony to the method of the present. You don’t get sufficient high quality time with that particular person,” Susie continued on Tuesday. “I imply, that privateness behind fantasy suites, in my thoughts, I used to be like, ‘I must ask each query over the moon. I’d need to actually know that particular person on such a deeper stage. I need to know a lot about them as an individual as a result of that’s the one time you get to actually be actual and uncooked and never have to fret concerning the world judging you.’ However the present doesn’t provide you with sufficient time to have these sorts of conversations. It feels very surfacy, I believe, for lots of it.”

After convincing Rachel, 27, and Gabby, 32, to remain upon revealing he was “in love” with all three of his finalists, Clayton admitted he had the strongest emotions for Susie. Whereas they cut up once more throughout the remaining rose ceremony, Clayton and Susie went on so far for a number of months post-show. They broke up in September 2022.

“And I believe that could be a more durable factor to get by way of if you’re beginning a relationship with any individual. You actually don’t know if you happen to’re appropriate till you get out of there,” Susie instructed Nick and Andrew. “So I bear in mind wanting again and being like, ‘You might be far more appropriate with Rachel.’ I bear in mind considering — I used to be like, ‘Why did you choose me? You will have any individual that you just in all probability would have been actually appropriate with.’ And different women too, that didn’t make it fairly as far.”

After the season 21 Bachelor requested for clarification that Susie thinks Clayton is “extra appropriate with Rachel” than her, she added: “I imply, I don’t know now. However extra appropriate than me.”

Susie Evans Questions Why Clayton Echard Picked Her on 'The Bachelor': He's 'Way More Compatible' With Rachel Recchia

Susie Evans and Clayton Echard.
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Talking about what it’s prefer to be collectively after filming wraps, the Virginia native confessed that she discovered producers influenced how she felt about Clayton.

“I don’t even know if I’m actually purported to say it, however there have been issues that have been stated or finished all through the method, the place I used to be like, ‘That was so considerate. That was such a considerate factor to have occur.’ After which after the method is over, you discover out that that was any individual else’s thought,” she defined. “That was any individual who’s been listening to me [in interviews] for months that was like, ‘It’s best to make this toast and speak about her character, and the way you admire her as a human being.’ … This stuff that you just’re like, ‘How does he know me so nicely?’ It’s like, no, these are individuals in his ear. And so it takes away from issues the place once we come out of there, I’m like, ‘Wait, you don’t know something about my character. You don’t know something about who I’m.’”

Rachel, for her half, served as season 19’s co-Bachelorette with Gabby. Following transient engagements, each ladies ended up single earlier than the top of the yr. Whereas the previous cheerleader has been linked to Dancing With the Stars professional Alan Bersten, Clayton and Rachel sparked reunion rumors in February once they collaborated on a collection of TikToks.

“There was a lot therapeutic there. That dialog was so highly effective,” he completely stated on Us Weekly’s “Right here for the Proper Causes” podcast final month. “[Rachel] and I each talked about [the idea of reconciling]. We stated, you realize, we have now very excessive ideas of one another. However, after all, after what all occurred, it’s like, ‘How would you ever go about relationship once more in spite of everything of what occurred?’ She doesn’t have any curiosity in doing so. And I bought that. I additionally was on my finish, like, ‘You understand what, after every little thing we went by way of, being pals sounds very nice.’”