Susie and Clayton met on season 26 of The Bachelor, which premiered earlier this year. Though they parted ways on the show, Clayton asked her to reconcile after he broke up with finalists Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey. While Susie initially turned Clayton down, they revealed they got back together on After the Final Rose in March.
Alas, six months later in September, they announced they’d broken up.
“Although this last year together has brought us so much joy and so many laughs, there has also been a significant amount of pain,” they wrote in part of a joint Instagram post. “We know no healthy relationship comes without its struggles, but we’ve realized that we were not prepared for the external forces that hindered our ability to not only heal as individuals but also as a couple. We both are focused on continuing to work on ourselves, so we can be the best version of ourselves.”
They added, “This is not an easy time for either of us but we stand in support of each other and hope to see the other go on to find happiness and healing.”