She accepted his final rose, but she’s not quite ready to accept an engagement ring.
“The Bachelor” Season 26 winner Susie Evans revealed on Nick Viall’s podcast “The Viall Files” on Wednesday that if her boyfriend, Clayton Echard, proposed, she would say “no.”
“We have talked about this, and I’ve told Clayton, if you surprise me [with an engagement], I will say no,” the reality star, 28, said. “This is not a fun surprise.”
Evans said she and Echard, also 28, have set a timeline for how they plan to navigate the next few months of their relationship.
The couple plans to do a three-month “post-show check-in” and another “pulse check” in September when their Virginia Beach lease is up.
“I don’t plan to get engaged in September and Clayton knows that,” Evans clarified.
The photographer said while she and her “The Bachelor” star beau have had a “great time” and “a lot of fun together” in the four months since they dated post-filming, she admitted “it’s been tough doing this and watching this back.”
“We have a lot to learn about each other and we have a lot to learn about ourselves still,” Evans said. “We’re still growing and learning from this.”
On Tuesday night’s finale, “Bachelor” host Jesse Palmer asked Echard if he wanted to propose to Evans — as is typical for the contestants to do in the finale, even pointing out that jeweler Neil Lane was sitting in the audience and ready to provide the ring.
Echard gave Evans his “final rose” instead — after a tumultuous ending to his run on “The Bachelor,” in which he told all three of his finalists that he loved them.
“We have realized that if we would have gotten engaged, we wouldn’t be doing it for us, so we’re, like, ‘Let’s not do it,’” Evans told Viall, 41. “It’s not for us.”
She added, “We’ve got some time frames to have these candid conversations with each other, but we want to give this a shot outside of this overwhelming environment.”
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