Last Monday’s (Feb. 3) episode of “The Bachelor” had the internet abuzz after a late-night swim in the ocean between Clare Crawley and Juan Pablo Galavis led to a later confrontation between them about how Galavis regretted what they did and Crawley feeling embarrassed and rejected.
Crawley spoke with the press Thursday (Feb. 6) about the incident, where she sets the record straight regarding the nighttime activities, specifically whether the two of them had sex in the ocean.
“First of all, I’m thankful to have this opportunity to even talk about this, because I don’t think it was made clear by anybody that that’s not what happened,” says Crawley. “I don’t want that incident to be anything equivocal. I do want to say that that’s not what happened. That was not my intention going into it and as everybody in that situation knows, that’s not what happened. I think that’s why I was caught off-guard [by Juan Pablo’s reaction] because that didn’t happen.”
Part of what fueled speculation that Clare and Juan Pablo slept together was a toast Clare gave on the show that talked about “making love,” which she says was just a coincidence.
“Nothing had happened, so that wasn’t even on my radar when I gave that toast,” says Crawley. “It was moreso my intention for the future and my hopes and dreams for the future and something I was looking forward to because I was falling in love. Being in the ocean and swimming in the ocean, all those words … that I was using to describe how I felt that night could be misinterpreted, but it was truly my description of falling in love. People can take what they want from it and interpret it how they want, but my intention was all about falling in love.”
Clare does say that Juan Pablo’s reaction was very surprising to her but she still doesn’t regret anything. “In the moment, he was into it, I was into it. It was mutual having fun in the ocean,” says Crawley. “I was doing something that was on my bucket list and I don’t regret it, even after this outcome and all the questions and regrets and discussions over it and tears, I still don’t regret it because you’re swimming in the ocean and living in the moment and falling in love. I can only stand up for my intentions. … At the time, we both were into it.
As for her future on the show, Crawley can’t reveal anything, but she does say that next week, we’ll see her stand up for herself.
“We did nothing wrong. When it’s a mutual thing, you don’t — as I said in that episode, why didn’t you tell me then? Why didn’t you stop me then? … I’m a grown woman and I can handle the truth,” says Crawley. “I wish in the moment and even now that I would have been a little more verbal. You’ll see in the future episodes that I stand up for myself and I take pride in that.”
She adds that she thinks Juan Pablo could have had a better idea of what exactly he wanted on the show before he started filming.
“I just think that if you’re going to be entering into something of this nature, you want to know exactly what you want and exactly what you’re looking for and exactly your boundaries and exactly your integrity,” says Crawley. “Have that set up so you don’t have regrets and you don’t have questions. … You want to feel solid with what you want and that goes for even if you’re not on TV.”
“The Bachelor” airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.