The Bachelorette's Tayshia Adams and Zac Clark are in the middle of a busy day of press interviews when they get a few seconds of downtime. They embrace each other tightly as Zac gives his fiancée a kiss, looking more in sync than ever. It's been nearly four months since they filmed their epic proposal on that tumbleweed of a mountaintop, but I'm happy to report they're still just as happy and in love.
Contrary to what one might think, they haven't been quarantining together in Orange County (Tayshia's home base) or New York City (Zac's favorite place to call a taxi!). That's why moments like these—they've been together only a couple of days—are extra special. “We’ve seen each other plenty in the last four months, but it still hasn’t been as much as we ideally would like,” Tayshia says from her place on the West Coast. “COVID has made things harder, but we’ve seen each other enough to keep the relationship and the love alive.”
Later this week the two will head to New York to ring in the new year and start planning for a (hopefully) more normal 2021. Until then, I had plenty of questions for our newly engaged couple, including what you didn't see on the two-night finale.
Glamour: Usually there would be an After the Final Rose special, or viewers would see footage of you in “normal” life post-engagement. Were you bummed not to have that, or was it helpful to have more privacy?
Tayshia Adams: It was so nice to be able to watch the final episode with my family and have Zac here. When someone would do a cheers, we would all cheers and start screaming. I'll cherish that forever. At the same time, we have been in secret for so long; I really do wish I would have been able to be on that stage and say, “Yeah, it’s been him the whole time! We’ve been engaged this long!” It is what it is. We’re happy.
That was the sweetest proposal. Did watching it back last night reinforce your bond?
Zac Clark: For sure. It was a very special moment, and I don’t know many people that have the opportunity in life to capture that. The fact that it’s on camera and I know all the things I said and all the promises I made are real and true, it was awesome. We were having a good time.
I’m going to put on my investigative-journalist hat here. Tayshia, you were in a denim dress when your dad stopped by, and then you were in a different outfit when you had your date with Zac that afternoon. But the next day for your talk with Ben, you were back in the same denim dress. Did we see this out of order? What happened?
Tayshia: Okay, I’m trying to recall. I think breaking up with Ben happened the same day of me talking to my dad.
So was the date with Zac after you had broken up with Ben, and Zac didn’t know it yet?
Tayshia: No, no, no, no. I did have my date with Zac prior to breaking up with Ben. I’m not part of the editing team, I’m just the Bachelorette, but I did have my date with Zac first, and then I talked to my dad and then Ben.
Also, was there a hidden message in the white outfit you wore when you introduced Zac to your parents? Or am I thinking way too hard about this?
Tayshia: I mean, I’m wearing all white right now. I love white! My tan was really fire that day. I just looked really good, and I liked the shorts and the top. That’s all I can say. I didn’t have any hidden messages, unfortunately.
Zac: But I got the message loud and clear! I heard it! [Laughs.]
Let’s talk about religion. Tayshia, that topic seemed to come out of nowhere with you and Ivan, most likely because there wasn’t enough time to show it. Was he not religious, or do you two believe in different things?
Tayshia: We had conversations during our fantasy suite that touched on a lot of things, not just religion. We have different beliefs and viewpoints, and it just came down to how I see my future and how I want to raise my children. If that doesn’t align with some people, that’s totally fine. For me, that was something that played a part in it. It was the clarity we both needed, not just myself.
So how do you want to raise your kids? And how does that align with you, Zac?
Tayshia: Well, I want my kids to have a sense of spirituality. That’s what I was raised with, and something I fall back on. That’s something that Zac and I have bonded over. We pray most every night before we go to bed together. I want to carry that on to my children nightly.
Zac: I believe in God, that there is something else out there. I believe there are no coincidences. I really leaned into that during this whole process with Tayshia, and it’s been really nice to keep an open mind with her despite the fact that our religious backgrounds aren’t totally parallel and in line. We've had some really powerful conversations around the topic of God and beliefs and all that. It’s exciting.
Changing topics, have you talked to Clare and Dale about double-dating once everyone is vaccinated?
Tayshia: Not yet, but I'm sure we will be in talks and maybe a future date after COVID. We wish them just as much happiness as we have and all the success in the world.
What kind of assurance can you give fans who are so invested in your love and want to know it’s going to go the distance?
Zac: I think if you watched the proposal last night that really spoke to our relationship. That was the culmination of a really special time in our lives. We talked about a wide range of topics and got to know each other, and that’s going to catapult us forward into this next phase of our relationship. Just like we said last night, I’m committed to this. I choose her and love her. We’re pumped.
Tayshia: There’s no end in sight. So get that out of everyone’s minds!
Last question: Zac, what’s your favorite bagel place in New York? We need to know.
Zac: There’s a local spot called H&H Bagel on the Upper West Side that isn’t a big-name place, but they make a mean bagel.
Jessica Radloff is the Glamour West Coast editor. You can follow her on Instagram @jessicaradloff14.
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