The Bachelorette Season 16 premiere took Bachelor Nation fans for a spin when Clare Crawley met Dale Moss. The instant Dale came out of the limo, everyone knew it was game over for Crawley. The Sacramento hairdresser had one of the strongest first impressions the fandom has seen. Unfortunately, the ABC reality series didn’t show whether the former NFL player felt the same way. But luckily for us, Dale shared his reaction on Twitter and Instagram.
What did Clare Crawley say about Dale Moss on ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 16?
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It was no surprise Dale won Crawley’s first impression rose on The Bachelorette. When Dale stepped out, he introduced himself and gave the lead a hug. But despite the simple entrance, the moment was a total game-changer.
“I knew it,” Crawley said after meeting Dale. “I definitely felt like I just met my husband. Oh my god, I’m shaking.”
She later told host Chris Harrison, “With Dale, everything else went dark. I don’t even know what I said. Did I sound OK? Did I say anything at all?”
Meanwhile, in an interview with Us Weekly published after the Bachelorette premiere, Crawley tried to explain how she felt at the moment.
“It was one of those moments where you don’t know it until you experience it, what exactly that feeling is,” she said. “I still can’t put it into words what that feeling is though. It was when your body has that kind of, like, a goosebumpy reaction to things. It just takes your breath away.”
Dale Moss reacts to meeting Clare Crawley on ‘The Bachelorette’ premiere
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Dale might be the frontrunner of Crawley’s Bachelorette season but fans have yet to see the contestant’s side of the story in a confessional interview. But Dale recently teased his reaction on social media.
After the premiere on Oct. 13, Dale posted a photo of himself meeting Crawley, and it certainly seems the cast member felt the same way.
“I felt that,” Dale captioned the photo on Twitter.
Then in a separate post, Dale shared a “how it started, how it’s going” photo highlighting his Bachelorette journey. But while fans patiently wait for a “how it ended” update, Dale indicated his start with Crawley was one for the books.
“Tonight was special,” he captioned the pic.
Meanwhile, Dale went on his Instagram Story the day after the premiere and opened up about The Bachelorette. At the time, the 32-year-old didn’t say anything about Crawley or how their story ends on the show. But ultimately, he’s just grateful for the experience.
“It’s been quite the last 24 hours, I’ll just say that,” Dale said. “But I’ve sat all day just thinking about the positive response. The feedback, the humor, and all the things after the premiere. You know, absolutely amazing. And not even on my part. Just seeing some of the guys who put their life on hold and stepped outside the box in a crazy time. Nobody gets to do that.”
In a separate Instagram Story, he added, “However it all turns out, my heart is filled with gratitude and respect for everyone involved and all of you taking the time to tune in.”
No matter what happens between Dale and Crawley on The Bachelorette Season 16, it seems both parties are fine with how things turned out. Following the premiere, Crawley went on the Bachelor Happy Hour podcast and shared she has “no regrets” about her experience. She also revealed how she’s doing now.
“I am very happy,” Crawley said. “I was happy going into this, and I’m happy now.”
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