Clayton Echard is sharing that he went through a very difficult time. There were times he thought about throwing in the towel because of the hatefulness he received from fans while his season of The Bachelor was airing. Keep reading to find out what Clayton says about those hurtful times.
Clayton Echard thought about quitting
Clayton Echard has not had it easy since his time as The Bachelor. He received a lot of backlash from the beginning. It started when he was named the new lead on the show while nobody knew who he was. The hate continued when his season began airing on ABC.
Clayton seemed to be constantly criticized and scrutinized while trying to find love. It got even worse when towards the end of the season he was intimate with both Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia in the fantasy suite.
He was honest and told Susie Evans this information. She didn’t like it and couldn’t understand how he could do this or how he could fall in love with three women.
Fans didn’t like it or understand it either and many got vicious with their attacks on Clayton.
Now, he opened up to Kaitlyn Bristowe on the Off the Vine Podcast. He revealed that it all got to him and messed with his mental health.
In fact, at one point he thought it would be best to just end it all. He said, “I think I wouldn’t have been able to get through what I got through with anybody other than Susie.” Clayton continued, “She was the only person that was going to help me see what I saw. And she was the only person that was going to keep me from going off the rails and doing something extremely drastic.”
He went on to say, “Because I had very dark thoughts from the show, moments where I said, you know, ‘It’d be better off if I just ended things.'”
He feels he has changed since then
Clayton said, “I had no business being the Bachelor with the person that I was then. The person I [am] now would have handled things 100 times better.”
The show and all the hate did get him down. He said, “I was trying to figure out what my next step was [and] I started questioning who I was because of all the negativity. I started to believe some of what was being said about me.” He’s learned from all of that and is moving on.
In the end, he’s hurting again since breaking up with Susie Evans. The two are not ruling out a reconciliation in the future but for now, they are over.
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