How Old Is Clare Crawley? Everything You Need To Know About The Newest (And Oldest!) Bachelorette

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How Old Is Clare Crawley? Everything You Need To Know About The Newest (And Oldest!) Bachelorette
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After what has been a lot of fans' least favorite season of The Bachelor ever (sorry, Peter Weber), we finally know who the next Bachelorette is.

It's official: Clare Crawley is ABC's next leading lady, and she's making history as the oldest Bachelorette ever since she'll turn 39 while the show Is filming.

But who is and how old is Clare Crawley? Here's everything fans need to know before her season kicks off later this spring.

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1. The big announcement happened on Monday morning on Good Morning America

Crawley appeared on the show to discuss her new gig, shocking fans who were expecting the lucky lady to be one of the women from Weber's season of The Bachelor. On GMA, Crawley shared that she just found out about the news on Saturday, six years after her first appearance on on a Bachelor franchise show — and that she feels her age will be an asset as she looks for love on reality TV. 

"For me, it's just more years under my belt, more learning what I want and what I don't want, and what I won't settle for," Crawley said. "I want a man that will take off his armor. I want a man who is strong, take off the body armor, open himself up, and be vulnerable."

2. Who is and how old is Clare Crawley? Bachelor fans are already familiar with her.

Crawley is 38 years old. She made her reality TV debut on Juan Pablo Galavis' season of The Bachelor, making it as the runner-up to Galavis' final pick, Nikki Ferrell. After that, she ended up on Bachelor in Paradise, where she was most known for the bond she formed with a raccoon who wandered onto the set in Mexico. She's also appeared on the Bachelor Winter Games spinoff, where she met and fell in love with Benoit Beauséjour-Savard. They got engaged but ultimately their love didn't last  and they'd ended things by April that same year.

3. She's a hair stylist and health enthusiast. 

Crawley works as a hair stylist at DeFacto Salon in Sacramento, although as fans can assume, she probably won't be taking on clients for awhile, especially as she films the upcoming season of The Bachelorette. She's also passionate about all things health and fitness and frequently shares her healthy snacks and meals and her adventurous outdoor activities with followers on Instagram.

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4. She's big on sharing photos of her dogs on Instagram.

Crawley's pets are a big part of her life, and they make frequent appearances on her Instagram account. It wouldn't be surprising at all if they showed up on The Bachelorette ... or if Crawley Insisted on taking them along for the ride while she's filming.

5. Reportedly, ABC will be casting an older group of men to be her suitors.

According to Bach Nation spoiler expert Reality Steve, ABC will be going with an older group of men than usual to fight for Crawley's affections, which makes sense, given that she probably has more in common with men closer to her own age of 38 years old. In fact, Steve tweeted a screenshot of one 25-year-old would be Bachelorette contestant sharing the news with his Facebook friends that he would no longer be appearing on the show this season due to his age. This will definitely make things interesting — and big change from recent seasons. 

6. Crawley seems very excited for this next step in her adventure. 

Though Crawley hasn't shared too much about her big news publicly, she did take to her Instagram story to share a quick video of herself looking excited after GMA, writing, "I cannot tell you guys how unexpected and exciting this is for me." 

Crawley's season of The Bachelorette will begin filming soon, and will likely premiere at the end of May. Let the countdown begin! 

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Nicole Pomarico is an entertainment and lifestyle writer whose work has appeared in Cosmo, Us Weekly, Refinery29, and more.

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