Clare Crawley has certainly not forgotten about the moment she stood up to now-ex Juan Pablo Galavis during “The Bachelor” finale in 2014.
Reflecting on the infamous moment in Bachelor Nation history when she confronted the polarizing soccer player, the newly tapped “Bachelorette,” 38, told People, “To be able to feel that strength within myself was life-changing.”
She continued, “When my season ended, it was the biggest blessing in my life. I stood up for myself in a way that I had never done in any relationship before, or even in life.”
Crawley, who finished second on Season 18, laid into Galavis, also 38, following their one-on-one date, in which he made a vulgar sexual comment.
“I thought I knew what kind of man you were,” Crawley told Galvais during the emotional exchange, “what you just made me go through, I would never want my children having a father like you.”
While Crawley noted “it didn’t have to end rude like that” in regards to her romance with Galavis, she is hopeful about her future, and has the support of her former fiancé, Benoît Beauséjour-Savard.
“We root for each other and for each other’s happiness. And that’s a level of maturity that’s important in healthy relationships, whether they work out or not,” Crawley said.
The pair got engaged during “The Bachelor Winter Games” finale in early 2018, calling it quits two months later.
On Monday, after ABC confirmed Crawley would be the next “Bachelorette,” Beauséjour-Savard posted a sweet message on his Instagram addressed to Crawley.
“Congratulations to this gem!! She will be an amazing Bachelorette. She is smart, fun, strong, knows what she wants and most importantly, she will call out the guys messing around!! Hell yeah!! Good Luck on your journey to find love @clarecrawley !! You will be the best,” the 33-year-old wrote.
Crawley’s journey as “The Bachelorette” debuts Monday, May 18, on ABC.