Bachelor spoilers change! Shocking new spoilers leak revealing Clayton Echard's 'The Bachelor' winner and who he picked and ended up with! (SPOILERS)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/08/2022
Bachelor spoilers have surfaced revealing shocking new details about Clayton Echard's The Bachelor winner and jaw-dropping spoilers about who he picked as his winner and if he got engaged to his final pick or ended up alone at the end of Season 26.
The Bachelor airs its next episode Tuesday, March 8 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC, and fans are expecting to see Clayton's overnight Fantasy Suite dates in Iceland with his Final 3 bachelorettes.
And Clayton recently shared on the "Click Bait with Bachelor Nation" podcast how his finale is going to air as a two-night event full of drama, presumably next week on ABC.
Clayton apparently fell in love with Gabby Windey, a 30-year-old ICU nurse from Denver, CO; Rachel Recchia, a 25-year-old flight instructor from Clermont, FL; and Susie Evans, a 28-year-old wedding videographer from Virginia Beach, VA, during his time in Iceland.
Previews of episodes to come show Clayton's Final 3 bachelorettes crying and torn apart over Clayton's confessions, including that he had been "intimate" with at least two of the three women.
"I am falling in love with all of the women in a different capacity," Clayton told The Bachelor host Jesse Palmer during a recent episode.
"I think I might be. It's exciting, it's scary and it's overwhelming -- but I don't want to hold back anymore."
Once Clayton let his guard down and dropped all of his walls, he became emotionally invested in each of his remaining relationships.
So did Clayton choose a winner even though he loved all three of his Final 3 bachelorettes, and if so, did the winner accept a marriage proposal from Clayton?
Were Clayton's mistakes forgivable or did Clayton get dumped and leaveThe Bachelor single and crushed?
Clayton has said on numerous occasions he followed his heart and his journey to find The One was "authentic," but is he happy now with the way things worked out?
"I understand again that what I did, I think it's important for me to learn from it, and I am learning from it. But it was with no bad intentions," Clayton explained on The Bachelor: The Women Tell All of his final days filming.
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"I had to let my emotions come out, and it unfortunately wasn't as straight-forward as I hoped."
Previously-eliminated bachelorette Sierra Jackson told Clayton at The Women Tell All, "Speaking on the fact you fell in love with three women... a few of us have been able to hear about what goes down and how messy it gets.
"And I want to know exactly who are you to act a certain way and treat these women a certain way and subject them to this kind of behavior of yours? What did they do to deserve it?"
Clayton responded that he couldn't prep for it and just reacted the way he "thought was appropriate."
Teddi Wright, apparently knowing details about the finale, told Clayton at the end of The Women Tell All that she hoped he's "okay."
Keep reading for all the spoilers out there about Clayton's season and how it reportedly ends.
During a preview that aired following The Bachelor's eighth episode, Clayton is shown kissing Gabby in bed and making out with Susie underneath a waterfall.
"They each enjoy passionate dates filled with all the awe-inspiring landscapes, all the romance the country has to offer, and the opportunity to spend a relationship-changing night together," ABC teased of the special week for Clayton.
Clayton, however, faces the possibility that he may have gone too far in opening himself up to love, "a possibility made all too real when one woman's questions send him reeling."
ABC calls the Fantasy Suites episode "emotionally explosive," and that's because Clayton apparently began to unravel.
Clayton tells all of his Final 3 women he loves them
The Bachelor process apparently worked too well for Clayton, who fell head over heels for Gabby, Susie AND Rachel.
During the preview that aired after The Women Tell All episode, Clayton says of Susie, "I feel like I have truly found something special," before telling the bachelorette, "It's no longer about me falling in love with you. I am in love with you."
And Rachel gushes about how Clayton was able to see her for who she really is.
"Rachel has changed my outlook on how a relationship should be," Clayton says.
Rachel then yells to Clayton on a rooftop, "I love you," to which Clayton replies, "I love you too, Rachel!"
And finally, Gabby tells the cameras how she could see herself being with Clayton for the rest of her life.
"I'm falling in love with you," Clayton shares with Gabby during a romantic dinner.
"Thank you," Gabby replies.
Clayton then reveals, "I'm in love with each of them. This was one of my biggest fears. I just don't want to hurt anybody, and I'm going to."
With two roses on a podium, Clayton proceeds to announce, "I am in love with each of you, and I also was intimate with both of you."
Gabby, Susie and Rachel are all shown crying as a result, with Rachel saying, "I never thought he could be in love with all three of us -- IN love!"
Susie cries, "I don't know what to do... I shouldn't have to ask my future husband to not sleep with somebody else."
Gabby also laments, "I can't believe anything you say -- not one thing!"
And Rachel calls her reaction "the worst feeling" she's ever had, before Clayton breaks down in a confessional about feeling "so broken."
The Bachelor host Jesse Palmer has teased an even bigger shocker to come
Jesse recently told Us Weekly that the most shocking part of Clayton's journey "is something we don't know about yet."
"You're going to have to tune in and watch," Jesse teased in late January 2022.
Jesse pointed out howThe Bachelor's producers and editing team are "very smart" with "respect to what they're putting out and how they're editing everything and putting it together."
"But there are multiple, multiple moments that I think are gonna be very, very eye-opening for our viewers at home," Jesse explained.
And the Season 5 The Bachelor star continued, "I know we always say, 'It's the most dramatic season,' [but] Clayton's season [is] the most dramatic season ever because there's so many things that have never happened before."
The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss says Clayton's season is "totally spoiler proof"
While The Bachelor was airing its seventh episode on February 21, Mike took to Twitter with a jaw-dropping tweet.
"Major Historic Announcement!" The Bachelor creator and executive producer wrote.
"This season's finale of #TheBachelorABC is totally spoiler-proof. No one knows how it will end, cuz it ain't over til it's over! And it ain't over..."
The tweet suggests Clayton did not get engaged at the end of his season, nor did the small-town medical sales representative and former college football player select a winner at the Final Rose Ceremony.
Many fans began speculating Clayton's bombshells about being in love and having been intimate with multiple women ruined one or all of his relationships -- or at least set The Bachelor star on a non-traditional course for the end of his season.
Spoilers about Clayton's time in Iceland leaked out in February
On December 16, Carbon wrote in his blog that he didn't know the ending of Clayton's The Bachelor season yet, although he figured Clayton was "most likely engaged."
"I've heard rumblings about all three since filming ended," Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone reported at the time.
He added, "I'm leaning towards one person based on info told to me, but again, until I get the confirmation I need, there's no need to tell people what I'm 'hearing.'"
Carbone assured his readers late last year that when he's confident in who Clayton picked, he'd let the world know.
Carbone went on to report on February 21 that he was convinced Clayton is NOT with Rachel, that he didn't pick Rachel in Iceland or leave Iceland with her.
Carbone was also pretty sure at the time that Clayton did not get engaged and that The Bachelor did not have a traditional ending, meaning there was "no finality" in Iceland with Clayton selecting a winner out of two remaining bachelorettes and possibly getting engaged.
In addition, Carbone said he had been led to believe Clayton hasn't had any "happy couple visits" since filming ended.
After falling in love with multiple bachelorettes, Peter's The Bachelor season ended with the pilot proposing marriage to Hannah Ann Sluss, but he broke off the engagement while his season was airing in early 2020.
Peter briefly reunited with his The Bachelor frontrunner Madison Prewett -- who quit his season before the Final Rose Ceremony -- when they filmed The Bachelor: After the Final Rose, but the pair announced two days later they were going to go their separate ways.
Carbone was unable to spoil the ending of Peter's season.
"My heart goes out to Clayton so much because I relate to Clayton in so many ways," Peter recently said on Us Weekly's "Here for the Right Reasons" podcast.
"It's almost a little bit of PTSD for me, being pulled back into it, because I've been in that exact situation."
Peter shared the following prediction: "I hate to say this [but I think Clayton] ends up with no one and that it was supposed to be Rachel."
Peter suspected Clayton's revelation he was in love with three women and had been intimate with two of them was too much for Rachel -- his apparent frontrunner leading up to this point -- to handle and overcome.
"[I predict] she loses it, and then who knows if they all walk away or how it ends -- or maybe he walks away because it was mainly Rachel," Peter reasoned.
"But I'm hoping that's not the case, but that's how I kind of think it ends. And then I could see either Susie or Gabby being the Bachelorette."
Peter also thought Clayton was more into Rachel than he was into Susie or Gabby.
"I would say Susie's, like, the No. 2," Peter guessed.
Considering Clayton revealed in late November he had found love, Peter believes that's further evidence Clayton may have left The Bachelor 26 without a girlfriend or fiancee.
"I saw an interview where he was like, 'Yeah, I fell in love.' And that was very shocking to me because normally you're not supposed to say that and give it away," Peter shared with Us.
"And I think it's gonna be more of he found himself, a self-love type situation, like, he learned a lot about himself, and he is really excited about progressing and finding something in the future. We will see."
Clayton has claimed he's "happy" despite the chaotic ending to his season
Clayton has said in the press how he's happy and in a good headspace after filming The Bachelor, with the exception of dealing with a lot of backlash and hate from fans.
"I definitely was not perfect. I did some things wrong," Clayton recently told Us Weekly.
But that doesn't mean Clayton has a desire to rewrite history or take any of his decisions back.
"I think for me, I realized that I can't say that I have any regrets because if I would've done things differently, would it have been my 100 percent authentic journey? And I think the answer to that is no," Clayton explained.
"So what I did and every moment while I was there was what I thought was right. Does that mean it was right? Probably not, no."
Clayton said while he's an imperfect human and made some wrong moves, "I did everything under my volition and what I thought was best."
"And so for that, I'm like, 'You know what? You stayed true to yourself, and you developed some battle scars along the way, but that's just what life is,'" he shared.
Clayton's winner has finally been revealed!
Many fans have predicted Susie eliminated herself at the Final 3 after learning Clayton was also in love with Gabby and Rachel and had also been intimate with one or both of them.
But according to Carbone, that's not what happened.
The spoiler blogger reported in a March 8 blog post that Susie left Clayton after their overnight Fantasy Suite date in Iceland but she never technically left Iceland or the show for good.
Susie, at some point, was reportedly "convinced" to return, either by producers or Clayton, because she was present for the Final Rose Ceremony.
"The only thing I think I know, is that Final Rose Ceremony day, only Susie was there," Carbone reported.
"I haven't heard anything about there being a Final 2 and he chose Susie over someone else."
The details of how Gabby and Rachel exited the show remain unveiled -- including whether the women quit on their own accord or Clayton denied one or both of them roses in Iceland.
However, Carbone reported that Susie was the only woman at the Final Rose Ceremony and so she was Clayton's winner.
Susie breaks ground and makes history on The Bachelor this season
According to Carbone, Rachel and Gabby have no part of the ending and Susie did something viewers have never seen on The Bachelor or The Bachelorette before.
Clayton reportedly proposed marriage to Susie at the Final Rose Ceremony -- and she said "no" and rejected him!
"The Susie rejection of [Clayton]'s proposal at the end was not a 'F-ck you' from what I've heard," Carbone reported on March 8, adding, "I have no idea what was said and the details of how exactly it went down."
Carbone heard that Clayton got down on one knee and popped the question, only to have Susie reject him and turn him down.
"But [Susie rejecting Clayton was] moreso in a 'I can't do this' manner than anything harsh or contentious," Carbone claimed.
Is there a chance Susie and Clayton reconciled after the Final Rose ceremony?
Based on everything he has heard, Carbone believes Clayton is currently single.
Carbone has not heard anything about Clayton and Susie getting back together or spending time together recently, and he also doesn't think Clayton tried to win Gabby or Rachel back.
"If there's anything happening post show with any of the women, it'd be with Susie, but I don't see it, nor has it ever been mentioned to me," Carbone revealed.
Susie is also reportedly a favorite to become the next The Bachelorette star.
If Susie had reconciled with Clayton or is strongly considering the possibility of giving Clayton another chance and dating him again, she wouldn't be in contention to become the next Bachelorette.
However, it's possible Clayton wants Susie back and she's deciding what to do -- either be with Clayton again or potentially star on Season 19 of The Bachelorette, which reportedly begins filming next weekend.
But Carbone said there's no confirmation Susie has been chosen as The Bachelorette star and so fans shouldn't run with that information.
"That's just the name I was hearing... I don't know who it is," Carbone said of the next Bachelorette. "[Producers must] make a decision soon, if they haven't already. If/when I hear, I will let you know."