It’s official! We have a new lead.
Introducing your new Bachelorette, CLARE CRAWLEY!
Clare Crawley was officially announced as the next Bachelorette on Good Morning America.
“I literally just found out,” Clare said. “So unexpected, can you believe this? I cannot believe it. I mean, six years later. What is happening?”
“Honestly for me, the most important thing is the man who will take off his armor, is strong, open himself up and be vulnerable,” she said. “I want a man that can do that.”
“I am looking for a man that is just like my dad. Strong, loving, gentle, compassionate and just a real, genuine, kind man.”
She talked about how being 38 works to her advantage.
“I feel like a lot of people put it out there as this negative thing. But for me, it’s just more years under my belt, more years of knowing what I want and what I don’t want, and what I won’t settle for.”
“The thing is, I’m wondering if they’re ready for me with my age, so I feel like that would be more of an issue than me with them,” she said. “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 has a message for her contestants.
“Honestly, it’s all what’s on the inside for me. I don’t care. The outside, if you line up the guys that I have dated in the past, there’s no one thing I’m looking for physically. It’s more if they go out of their way for me and they make me feel special. This is about me now,” she said.
The 38 year old former Bachelor contestant will lead the season 16 of The Bachelorette.
Here’s what she said about finding love and leading her own season.
Here’s what host Chris Harrison told US Weekly about the new Bachelorette prior to the GMA announcement.
“There’s always an opportunity for a curveball. Even when there’s somebody who’s really, really obvious from the prior season. There’s always an opportunity for something crazy from left field.”
Filming begins on Friday, March 13th.
The new Bachelorette will meet some of her guys at Peter Weber’s The Bachelor – After The Final Rose.
Clare will turn 39 during the filming of The Bachelorette. She is a hairstylist from Sacramento, California.
She was the runner-up of Juan Pablo’s Season 18 of The Bachelor.