During the October 2020 premiere of the ABC series, Bachelorette Clare Crawley revealed that Blake reached out to her while production was suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Clare posted on Instagram on a Story that she was really struggling right now because of what her mom was going through in the hospital. So, I want to check in if she’s OK,” Blake said at the time, referring to Clare’s mother who has Alzheimer’s and dementia.
While the hairdresser noted that Blake “broke the rule that you’re not supposed to contact somebody,” she thanked him for his concern. In the end, however, Clare’s connection with Dale Moss was stronger and she left the series with the former athlete within the first two weeks of production.
“It ended so abruptly. It was easy to just be like, ‘OK, fair enough,’” Blake told Us Weekly in December 2020. “She fell in love hard. And you know, she broke it off, like, too bad for us.”
Blake subsequently formed a connection with Tayshia Adams, who took over for Clare. “The connection [I had with Tayshia] was very slow. But every time that we’d make a step, I think I opened her eyes more and more and more,” he told Us. “And I think you saw that a couple of times, like, ‘Every time I talk to Blake, he shows a different side of him.’”
Tayshia, for her part, ultimately sent Blake home before hometown dates and got engaged to Zac Clark during the season 16 finale. Now, Blake is attempting to find The One in Katie Thurston, the season 17 Bachelorette.
“We had chatted before, but usually what happens is, like, the guys will reach out to the women once they’re eliminated and be like, ‘Good luck, you did great.’ Like very generic, you know?” Katie told Us ahead of Blake’s June 28 debut. “And so to see him [in New Mexico], I was like, ‘Why is he here?’ Like, ‘What’s happening?’”
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