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Susie Evans Warned Clayton Echard Not To Propose On ‘The Bachelor’ Finale, ‘I Will Say No’

Many fans of The single person received a shock when Susie Evans returned to the stage during “After the Final Rose” on March 16, 2022. The last clip the audience watched of Susie involved her leaving Clayton after confessing her love for her in Iceland. Even spoiler guru Reality Steve thought the couple remained apart after that day in Iceland. However, producer Mike Fleiss promised fans a “spoiler-buster” Single final, and he delivered.

Susie sat down with the old Single Nick Viall after his podcast finale The Viall files. The former Miss Virginia USA opened up about her relationship with Clayton and why she warned him not to propose to her in the final.

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‘The Bachelor’ couple Susie Evans and Clayton Echard plan to do a ‘pulse check’ on their relationship every few months

Susie’s reunion with Clayton shocked fans, but the 28-year-old wedding photographer has given some insight into her decision to get back together with the former footballer.

During The single person final, Susie said, “I left Iceland and had to make that decision on my own. It was the best decision I could have made, and I think that’s why we’re here today. I was protecting myself, and I didn’t know what I wanted, and I didn’t know how much I wanted Clayton in my life. We took some time apart after the show, and we reset ourselves, we put the foundations back together. And we are happy to be here today. We realize it’s a tough day, but we’re happy to be here together.

When Jesse asked about Susie and Clayton’s relationship status, she smiled and said, “He’s my boyfriend.”

When he appeared on The Viall files, Susie explained to Nick: “We really had a lot of fun together, but it was also difficult. It’s hard to do that and look back. Even tonight was a tough show to watch. We have a lot to learn from each other. We still have a lot to learn about ourselves. I think we both continue to grow and learn from it.

She also mentioned their plans to do “pulse checks” on their relationship, “I’m lucky to have been able to land a 9-month lease in Virginia Beach. It’s ending in September. We said ‘Let’s do it.’ this show. It’s tough right now. Not even in our relationships but as individuals. I’ve seen Clayton struggle as a person. Let’s go through this together and take a look back 3 months after the show. on top of each other. Then when my lease expires in September, let’s do another pulse check on that.”

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Susie Evans warned Clayton Echard not to propose to her in ‘The Bachelor’ finale

For those wondering where Clayton and Susie are at with regards to an engagement, the couple say not yet. Clayton teased that he had something important to ask Susie during The Bachelor finale. While many fans were hoping Clayton would ask THE question, he instead asked Susie if she’d accept his last rose.

During The Viall filesSusie revealed that she warned Clayton not to propose to her for The single person final.

“I don’t plan on getting engaged in September, and Clayton knows that. Tonight when they joked about the ring, I said to Clayton, ‘We talked about it and if you catch me , I will say no”. It’s not a funny surprise. If we had gotten engaged, it wouldn’t have been for us.

The couple want to give their relationship a shot outside of ‘The Bachelor’

Susie knows there’s a lot to be done to create the magic of relationships seen on The single person. That’s why she and Clayton want to give their relationship a chance outside of the overwhelming environment of cameras and producers. Susie told Nick that she and Clayton had set deadlines to assess their relationship on the road.

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