Who is the new Bachelorette? Meet Clare Crawley, the 38-year-old lead for 2020

first_imgABC sent shockwaves throughout Bachelor Nation on Monday when Clare Crawley was announced as the lead for season 16 of “The Bachelorette.” ABC didn’t go the typical route of choosing someone from the current season of “The Bachelor” like Kelsey Weier or even dipping into the last few seasons for a lead like Tayshia Adams. Some hoped the franchise would pull a “Brad Womack” and bring Hannah Brown back for a second go-around.Instead, the decision was made to go back to 2014 with Crawley, who was the runner-up on Juan Pablo Galavais’s season.​​ Crawley was last seen on a Bachelor series in 2018, when she got engaged to Benoit Beausejour-Savard on “Bachelor Winter Games.” The couple split up two months after their engagement. Crawley also tried to find love on seasons one and two of “Bachelor in Paradise” but had no luck.Here’s what you need to know about the new Bachelorette as she begins another journey to find love.How old is Clare Crawley?Crawley is 38, which makes her the oldest Bachelorette the franchise has had in its 16 seasons. On “Good Morning America” on Monday, Crawley said her age is an advantage.”I feel like a lot of people put it out there as this negative thing,” she said. “For me, it’s just more years under my belt. More years learning and knowing what I want and what I won’t settle for.”The average age of the contestants has decreased over the last few seasons. The two front-runners for Peter Weber’s heart on this season of “The Bachelor” are both 23. The oldest contestant vying for the 28-year-old Weber was 31-year-old Natasha Parker, who is one year younger than Crawley was when she first appeared on “The Bachelor.”Reality Steve, who is as looped into the inside world of “The Bachelor” franchise as anyone, provided some details on how casting will be play out.”As of right now, of the guys that I have, 4 of them have kids,” he tweeted Sunday. “And they are definitely going to be doing some late casting of more older guys this week after Monday’s announcement. They’ve already told a couple of the 25-year-olds they’re no longer cast bc of the age difference.”Crawley said on GMA she isn’t looking for a specific age in the men she will date: “I have been known to date younger guys, so that’s not a problem for me. I’m wondering if they’re ready for me for my age. I feel like that would be more of an issue than me with them.”I feel so much younger at heart than my actual age. I’m proud of my age, but I just feel younger, and that, to me, is what’s important.”She’s had some iconic moments on the show already.Galavais is widely regarded as one of the worst Bachelors the show has had, so Crawley was celebrated when she told him off after being eliminated on the finale.Crawley might be most well known for a different encounter.From her time on “Bachelor In Paradise,” Crawley is famous for talking to a raccoon. She was filmed stepping away from the group and venting to no one in particular about the drama of the season. The shot cut back and forth between frames of Crawley and a raccoon that appeared to be interested in what she had to say.What does she care about?Crawley is a hairstylist in Sacramento, Calif., who cares about her family. She is the youngest of six girls and is looking for a man who has similar characteristics as her late father.”I am looking for a man that is just like my dad: strong, loving, gentle, compassionate and just a real genuine, kind man,” Crawley said in the intro package for her time on “The Bachelor.” She also shared that her dad made a DVD for her future husband to watch, which she said she has not seen: “When my dad passed away, I feel like it just shattered my world, because I was his baby girl.” What is she looking for?Crawley said on GMA she doesn’t have a specific type of guy she’s looking for on a physical level.”It’s all what’s on the inside for me,” she said. “If you line up the guys I’ve dated in the past, there’s no one thing that I’m looking for physically. It’s more if they go out of their way for me (or) if they make me feel special. This is about me now and I’m ready for it.”last_img

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