“We’ve had a lot of fun together but it’s tough doing this and watching it back,” Susie told Nick Viall on the Viall Files podcast. “We have a lot to learn about each other and we have a lot to learn about ourselves still. Like, we’re still growing and learning from this.”
She noted that Clayton really “struggled” with the show and fan reactions, so they’ve decided to take time to themselves to process the show ending. The couple plans to see where the relationship stands in three months, with Susie explaining that she wants to “make a point to do a pulse check.”
“Neither of us are dating for fun or just to like have a chill relationship for a couple of years,” she said. “We’re like let’s see if this can work. Let’s talk realistically about this.”
And realistically, she doesn’t see herself getting engaged any time soon. She told Nick that she warned Clayton: “If you surprise me, I will say no.”
“We can obviously laugh about it now but that’s not something we’re talking about,” she added. “And we have realized that if we would’ve gotten engaged, it wouldn’t have been for us. So we’re like, let’s not do it.”
Susie shared that she feels like they need to build a stronger foundation and make it past this “overwhelming” chapter in their relationship before they make any big decisions. And though there’s room for improvement, Susie credited Clayton for his efforts, saying, “He wants to grow, he wants to be a good partner.”
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