Everything You Need to Know About Clare Crawley, the First Latina ‘Bachelorette’
The newest season of “The Bachelorette” premiered and, as usual, ABC is promising that this will be the most dramatic season ever. And although the show made headlines recently for finally casting their first Black male lead, it has also broken down another barrier. This season’s lead, Clare Crawley, will be the first Latina Bachelorette.
There has been little fanfare about Crawley’s status as the first Latina Bachelorette. Instead, people have been focusing on what is supposed to be a bizarre season. Rumor has it that Clare falls in love-at-first-sight with one of the contestants and cuts her season short. But still, we might be more excited about the fact that she is Latina!
Clare Crawley was born and raised in Sacramento to her Mexican-born mother, Lilia, and her American-born father, James.
When Clare Crawley first appeared on Juan Pablo Galavis’s season in 2014 (who was the first Latino Bachelor), she revealed that her mother was Mexican. Before she left for the show, viewers even saw Crawley’s mother suggesting that she bond with Galavis by speaking Spanish to him.
Although we never saw Claire speak Spanish with Juan Pablo, we did get to see her mother have a brief conversation with him in their native tongue (which was adorable).
Unfortunately, Crawley and Galavis did not work out, and the break up culminated in the legendary moment when Clare told Juan Pablo off for eliminating her after leading her on.
“I lost respect for you,” she infamously told him in the series finale. “What you just made me go through? I would never want my children having a father like you.” The epic speech instantly made her a fan-favorite.
Clare Crawley is the youngest of six sisters, whom she says she hangs out with “all the time.”
Her father passed away from brain cancer in 2004, and she still feels the pain of that loss. Also, on Tuesday night’s season premiere, she revealed that her mother is currently battling Alzheimer’s and dementia. Right before Clare went into quarantine before filming, her mother suffered a nasty fall, which Clare admitted took a mental and emotional toll on her.
We also know, based off her social media, how proud she is of her Mexican heritage.
When she appeared on “Bachelor in Paradise” in 2015 (which films in Mexico), she tweeted about how “beautiful” her “homeland” is.
Clare also consistently posts delicious-looking photos on her Instagram of authentic Mexican food.
Usually, these posts happen around the holiday season when Crawley and her family are gathering together and practicing Mexican traditions–like tamales and pan dulce at Christmas.
We can’t wait to watch the rest of this season! We hope Clare shares more about her culture with “The Bachelorette” viewers.
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