'The Bachelorette': Nick Viall Weighs in on Clare Crawley's 'PromGate'–'Stop DMing Clare, Stop Harassing Her'

During week 2 of Clare Crawley’s season of The Bachelorette, she mentioned that she never went to prom. Shortly after the episode aired, a photo surfaced of her at a dance (the social media user claimed was prom). Naturally, fans proceeded to give her a hard time. Here are former bachelor Nick Viall‘s thoughts on the situation.

Clare Crawley says she didn’t go to prom on the second episode of ‘The Bachelorette’

During the Oct. 20 episode of The Bachelorette, Clare told contestant Chasen that she didn’t go to her high school prom.

“I didn’t have the greatest high school experience either, to be honest,” she said. “I never went to prom… Nobody ever asked me. No, nobody even knew who I was in high school. I was just invisible, I think. I felt invisible. I think it almost makes you appreciate it more because you know what it’s like to be on the other side of it and to feel, like, invisible or to feel, like, nonexistent.”

Shortly after Clare shared her story, an Instagram user posted a photo of Clare at a dance with her husband.

“My husband took @clarecrawley to senior prom, @clarecrawley you went to prom,” they wrote. “Note: she went to all-girls school he went to a all-boys school call it want you want, Senior Ball or Senior Prom, it took place in the spring.”

Since then, the fan has made her account private and reportedly deleted the post.

Nick Viall reacts to ‘PromGate’

Nick, of course, couldn’t help but weigh in on the drama. He thinks Bachelor Nation needs to lay off of Clare, even if she is lying.

“PromGate… A thread,” he began. “1) If you want to playfully snark about this pic of Clare at a high school dance…Cool, It’s a silly fun show that is silly and fun to discuss. 2) If you’re looking at this photo and making blanket assumptions about Clare’s character ….”

“Then you need to chill. 3) This could be a pic from any dance that’s not prom 4) maybe Clare had to ask this guy, because he was too scared to ask her 5) and maybe Clare technically lied and which case.. who cares 6) everyone reading this has lied about stupid sh*t.

“And we have no idea why we do it. Stop Dming Clare, stop harassing her in her comments, chill out,” he tweeted. “Enjoy the show. This is meant to be fun. 2020 you’re exhausting. Clare.. thank you for the silly fun entertainment.”

Clare Crawley maintains that she never went to prom

Clare actually responded to one fan who wrote, “@Clarecrawley you’ve been exposed.”

“LOL actually not,” she replied, as reported by E! News. “You do know there is more dances in high school that are NOT Prom? Turns out it’s just someone digging up old photos. (why she keeps her husbands old dance pics I’m not sure). I went to a new school senior year and in fact DID NOT go to prom just like I said.”

Since her post, the Instagram user who posted the pic has reportedly apologized to Clare.

“Clare did not to go prom with my husband it was another dance and I apologize for my error,” the site reports the fan writing.

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