Clare fell in love withThe Bachelorette bachelor Dale, a 32-year-old model and former college basketball and football player from Brandon, SD, only 12 days into filming The Bachelorette's sixteenth season and so she quit the show prematurely in order to pursue a relationship with just him, according to Life & Style.
The magazine reported in August that Dale proposed marriage to Clare and the couple is now engaged, and according to a source, the pair are still in the honeymoon phase of their relationship.
Clare and Dale are "still very much together and in love," a source toldLife & Style.
However, Clare and her man are reportedly "keeping their relationship off the radar" and not appearing in public together since The Bachelorette doesn't even premiere its new season until Tuesday, October 13 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC.
"But they speak all the time and are going strong," the source added.
Dale was one of the original group of 32 prospective bachelors ABC announced in March before The Bachelorette season was postponed at the last minute due to the coronavirus pandemic and the casting process was extended so more guys could submit applications.
After Clare ended her time on The Bachelorette early to be with Dale, production was reportedly left scrambling over how to handle the situation and "pick up the pieces," but they ultimately replaced Clare with The Bachelor alum Tayshia Adams and tried to mix up the cast so Tayshia would have enough bachelors -- including fresh guys -- to choose from.
News of Tayshia's participation first shocked the world on July 31 when a spoiler about her replacing Clare was posted on Reddit and then Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone tweeted there was "some serious validity" to the posting.
Entertainment Tonight subsequently confirmed on August 3 that Tayshia was the new star ofThe Bachelorettebut Clare's short journey to find love will also be featured on the show when it airs this fall.
Us Weekly had reported producers began tracking down some of the 42 potential suitors -- who were announced in July as a revised list of candidates from the original 32 men unveiled back in March -- to come back and film for Tayshia given they had already quarantined amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tayshia was subsequently spotted and photographed taping the show in a sexy bikini, and reports surfaced Clare was being "kept" at The Bachelorette resort while Tayshia filmed and Dale was elsewhere. Dale was spotted hanging out in his South Dakota hometown in early August.