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SPOILERS AHEAD for Clare Crawley's season of The Bachelorette on ABC.
Peter Weber's tumultuous season of The Bachelor hasn't ended just yet, but it's already time to look ahead to the next season of The Bachelorette, starring Clare Crawley. At 38-years-old, Clare is already the oldest Bachelorette in Bachelor Nation history, and some of her potential suitors are reportedly already being cut for being too young. Now, a photo has surfaced online that seemingly shows Clare eating a happy lunch with former fiancé Benoît Beauséjour-Savard while filming The Bachelorette.
According to Bachelor Nation fan atticusandclaude on Reddit, The Bachelorette was filming Clare Crawley eating with somebody in Sacramento, and a sneaky pic shows Clare looking like she's having a grand old time and laughing. The photo doesn't show her lunch companion from the front, but his hair color and facial hair definitely make him look an awful lot like Benoît. The fan who snapped the pic said this about Clare and the man:
Sorry I couldn’t get a better picture, I didn’t want to get in the way of filming! For everyone who is wondering, it was Benoit sitting with her. They were already there when I arrived and sat together for about 45 mins while I ate lunch.
Assuming Clare was having lunch with Benoît, what could be the purpose? On the one hand, Hannah Brown's visits to Peter Weber's season of The Bachelor prove that sometimes former Bachelor Nation flames can still hold a torch for each other, and the Bachelor team is willing to indulge.
On the other hand, a former flame could also provide some closure or even a good launching point for the journey toward reality TV love. Clare doesn't seem nearly as emotional as Peter when Hannah Brown showed up, and it's work noting that Benoît has already shared his support for Clare as the next Bachelorette. He posted this on Instagram:
Clare and Benoît got engaged after the 2018 season of The Bachelor Winter Games, which was her fourth Bachelor Nation outing after Juan Pablo Galavis' season of The Bachelor and two seasons of Bachelor in Paradise. The two announced the end of the relationship back in April 2018. With almost two years passed since their relationship ended, Benoît seems to feel no ill will toward Clare and Clare looks happy to see Benoît in the photo.
Of course, Clare Crawley's season of The Bachelorette is still in the early stages, and the next Bachelor Nation series hitting the airwaves in 2020 will be the newest spinoff, The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart. The quirky new Bachelor series premieres Monday, April 13 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC to fill the time during the wait for The Bachelorette with Clare Crawley. For some viewing options between now and then, swing by our 2020 midseason premiere schedule.