Clare Crawley let viewers in on her mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia during the season 16 premiere of The Bachelorette. During a montage of her time in quarantine, it was revealed she has not been able to visit her mom who lives in an assisted living facility.
“I’m in my car about to head over to take my mom some treats right now, she lives in a care facility because of her Alzheimer’s and dementia,” said Crawley, while documenting her time quarantined. Acknowledging others are also dealing with a similar situation, she said, “It’s really hard for me to not be able to see her, to not be able to hug her. It’s hard.”
Crawley revealed a snapshot of the last time she saw her mom, Lilia, in a May Instagram post, writing, “She had fallen and split her nose open + had two black eyes, and I think I slept a total of 2 hours because I was so worried about her. But you wouldn’t be able to tell any of that, because we were so happy just to be able to spend time together!”
Crawley first revealed her mother’s battle with the disease on Olivia Caridi’s podcast, Mouthing Off, in October 2018.
She later opened up about the impact on her mental health of her mother’s battle, admitting on Instagram that she was struggling. In the January post, she referred to 2019 as “awful tough” and expressed how grateful she was for her “chosen family.” She wrote, “They held me up when the weight of my moms diagnosis crushed my soul.”
Crawley, who has five sisters, has been open about her father’s passing. She revealed on season 18 of The Bachelor that her father, with who she was close, died of brain cancer. Before he passed, “he made a DVD for my future husband to watch. I’ve not seen it, nobody’s seen it, but I’m saving it for the right man to watch it.”
After Crawley was Juan Pablo Galavis’ runner-up, she appeared on seasons one and two of Bachelor in Paradise and became engaged to Benoit Beauséjour-Savardon during the World Tells All special for Bachelor Winter Games. They would go on to end their engagement shortly after but have remained friendly.
First appearing on Bachelor Nation nearly seven years ago, Crawley is now the oldest Bachelorette at 39 years old. Her search for love will continue to fold on ABC every Tuesday.