Susie Evans is opening up about her emotional breakup with Clayton Echard and the painful moments that followed for her. However, the reality star promises, “we are both on our way to finding happiness within ourselves and our passions.”
The two, who initially met during Clayton’s run on The Bachelor season 26, announced the split in an Instagram post on September 23, 2022.
“Although this last year together has brought us so much joy and so many laughs, there has also been a significant amount of pain. We know no healthy relationship comes without its struggles, but we’ve realized that we were not prepared for the external forces that hindered our ability to not only heal as individuals but also as a couple. We both are focused on continuing to work on ourselves, so we can be the best version of ourselves,” they both wrote in a shared caption.
The 29-year-old reflects on their romance and heartbreak in a new post on her website.
The former beauty queen believes that her last relationship was not right for her. Susie recalls being “a pretty low place with myself” and “struggling.”
She reflects, “I believe this was because I was trying to make something work that just wasn’t a natural fit.”
“It’s emotionally taxing and not good for the soul,” Susie continues. “Not to mention, my Google search history was filled with questions like, ‘Can you love someone and not be compatible?’ 😂 I’m really outing myself with that.”
However, the Virginia native maintains a positive attitude towards her exes.
She writes, “All of my relationships have left me better than they found me. Even the biggest heart breaks and lapses in loyalty from previous partners have taught me lessons on self worth.”
The reality star has an optimistic approach to her split from Clayton.
“There is so much more good that has come from this breakup, for both myself and Clayton,” Susie explains. “I think ultimately we are both on our way to finding happiness within ourselves and our passions. I know for a fact that we both are rooting each other on from afar.”
“Just because something wasn’t forever, it doesn’t mean it wasn’t wonderful,” she concludes.
The former couple gave a joint interview last month on Kaitlyn Bristowe’s podcast, Off the Vine.
“It’s really hard because when we first broke up…my first initial feeling was, like, I felt abandoned; that was my first feeling,” Clayton admitted during the podcast. “I was upset. I didn’t even want to look in her direction because I was like: If I look at you, the hurt is gonna tear me apart.”
Susie responded, “He was very sassy, and I didn’t like it. I was like, ‘Oh, that’s how we’re gonna do it?’”
However, Clayton admitted that he quickly realized he was not able to ignore her during the time, revealing “That lasted like half a day, and then I was like I can’t do this.”