Clayton Echard only interested in one type of love: self-love.
After announcing her split from former Bachelor competitor Susie Evans in September 2022, Clayton candidly opened up about where his mindset is right now — and that’s not including dating.
“I’m not looking to date at this time. I’m not mentally cured,” the former NFL player exclusively told E! New. “I can’t even imagine seeing anyone in that light right now. And so, I think I’m really taking this time to focus on myself.”
Clayton added: “And yes, if I’m not cured, I can’t allow anyone else to be a part of my life.”
Regarding how he and Susie are doing, the Bachelor Nation star revealed the exes are “on good terms,” saying, “We’ve checked in a few times since we broke up just saying, ‘Hey. , How are you?'”
Clayton explained that the two had a deep understanding of each other after sharing the experience of appearing on The single person, stating: “At the end of the day, we know what we’ve been through is different from what anyone else has been through. So we’ll probably be one of the few people who really understand each other in that sense. “
The Bachelor’s Clayton Echard and Susie Evans Split
Despite the former couple’s ups and downs — both on the show and after — Clayton went on to say that they hadn’t made any “promises” about anything in the future.
“We’ll respect each other and obviously always love each other, and I think it’s a really great place where it’s not a hostile ex situation,” the Season 26 contestant continued. “It’s more like if we were very loving and caring, but we just want the best for each other and who knows what that’s like?”
These days, Clayton is focusing on himself, including partnering with the Anxiety and Depression Association of America to raise awareness for his battle with body dysmorphic disorder. He said he turned to therapy, exercise and journaling to explore personal growth during this time.
But when it comes to his love life, will we ever see the former medical sales rep back on our screens for another chance to find that one?
“I’m trying not to use absolutes anymore, so I’ll never say never,” Clayton confessed. “But I just think where I am today, I don’t know where I’ll be in a year. Maybe I’ll be in a better mental space, but I think part of me has l feels like it’s rooted in my DNA.”
Clayton added, “I don’t like putting my trust and my whole identity in someone else’s hands. So I don’t know if I’ll ever do it again.”
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