Bachelor Winter Games resulted in at least ONE engagement!
However, the romance blossomed OFF screen, rather than during the wintry ABC dating competition. During Thursday night’s The Bachelor Winter Games: World Tells All special, Canadian contestant Benoit Beaus├â┬⌐jour-Savard got down on one knee and proposed to American Bachelor alum Clare Crawley — and she said, “YES”!
In regards to the surprise proposal, Clare gushed to People:
“It’s overwhelming, it’s crazy. Going on these Bachelor shows is a huge risk and you don’t know the outcome. It’s scary, but it’s a risk that you have to take to get the good in the end.”
You’re likely pretty shocked to read this since Clare DUMPED Benoit for Christian Rauch on BWG. At the time, Benoit was all in with his feeling for Clare, but she had reservations as she found herself attracted to Christian. This admission left Beaus├â┬⌐jour-Savard heartbroken, so he left the house.
And it seems that Benoit truly cares for Clare, as he added:
“I didn’t expect this. I was heartbroken on The Bachelorette: Canada but going back on this show I had an open mind. I was realistic that there might not be someone for me. But like you’ve seen on TV, I had the biggest crush ever on her. [But then] it wasn’t a crush, it was developing into something really deep and strong.”
When things didn’t work out for Crawley and Rauch, she and Benoit reconnected over a simple text. Apparently, Benoit reached out and asked her how she was doing after leaving the competition. On their rekindled relationship, Beaus├â┬⌐jour-Savard shared:
“At that point, I was just thinking, ├óΓé¼╦£She’s ending up with Christian.’ The sentence that kept running through my mind was, ├óΓé¼╦£It’s not the end of the two of us.’ But I knew at that moment that she may have fell for him. It didn’t happen, so she just called me and from there, it went better and better, and we spent hours and hours each and every day talking to each other.”
Awwww. In typical Bachelor fashion, Benoit tapped Neil Lane to design Clare’s “amazing” custom ring. The reality TV vet spilled:
“He didn’t have the one I was looking for, so he built a custom one, which is amazing. It was exactly what I asked, and he did the best job ever. It blows my mind. It was the first time that I had to shop for this, and it will be the last one for sure. It’s kind of stressful, but I’m glad she likes it.”
For those of you who think Clare and Benoit are moving quickly, just know that he made sure to get Crawley’s family’s blessing before popping the question. Although, Beaus├â┬⌐jour-Savard forgot to tell his own family about the planned engagement before he did it. Oops!
While Benoit only started thinking about the proposal a week before he got down on one knee, he appeared confident in his decision:
“We’re two sensitive people, two intense people. Go big or home. I love her so much, you have no idea, and she’s just the best so, why not? I wanted to.”
Currently, the love birds are in a long distance relationship as Clare lives in Sacramento and Benoit lives in Montreal. Thankfully, they are both willing to move to be closer to each other. Crawley explained:
“I told him, ├óΓé¼╦£I don’t care where we end up, I just can’t do snow.’ It’s a hard decision to make because I’ve always lived [in Sacramento] my whole life. But everything I’ve ever said is, ├óΓé¼╦£Wherever my husband is, that’s your family.’ Wherever that is, it doesn’t matter where.”
Regardless of their distance, the twosome are sure they can power through any woes. On their upcoming future together, Benoit concluded:
“We’ve spent the last two months talking to each other and it just got better and better. One day we’re going to have to live in the same city, live in the same house and I think this is how we start a family.”
You do what’s best for you two!! Congratulations!!