Clare Crawley breaks her silence on split from Dale Moss: 'This was not what I expected or hoped for'

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Clare Crawley has broken her silence on her split from Dale Moss.

The former "Bachelorette" took to social media on Thursday to claim a previously released statement on her broken engagement with Moss was just as much a surprise to her as it was to fans.

"I was made aware of a 'mutual' statement at the same time you all were, so I've needed some time to really digest this," Crawley shared in an Instagram post.

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"Speaking for myself, my intentions with this relationship have always been very clear, so the truth is I am crushed," she continued. "This was not what I expected or hoped for and am still trying to process this."

Crawley was likely referencing Moss' statement on their broken engagement, which was released Tuesday,

In a post on Instagram, Moss revealed they had decided to go their "separate ways" and said they "appreciate the love and support" they've received from people.

Calling it the "healthiest decision for both of us at this time," the former professional football player continued: "We strongly believe in leading with love and always remaining true to oneself - something our families have taught and instilled in us throughout our lives. We only hope the best things for one another."

In Crawley's note, she reflected on their relationship and other personal events in her life, such as her mother's battle with Alzheimer's disease.

"2020 was one hell of a year, with COVID, battling severe anxiety post-show, balancing a public new relationship, all while slowly losing my mother," she wrote. "It hasn't been ideal circumstances, but that is life right. I have been looking forward to the light at the end of the tunnel."

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She went on to describe that her relationship with Moss was "not perfect" but still maintained that it was one in which she was "genuinely invested."

"I may not have all the answers, but I do know this — I will continue to show up, stand by my word, and be committed to love," she finished her note.

Crawley and Moss met on season 16 of "The Bachelorette" and decided to leave the show mid-season to be together. Their engagement, which took place two weeks into filming Crawley's season, was featured in their final episode together.

Tayshia Adams took over as the lead of the show after Crawley's departure.

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