The former Bachelorette turned host appeared on The Ben and Ashley I. Almost Famous podcast this week for some real talk about the struggles she and fiancé Zac Clark have faced in their relationship. Specifically, Tayshia was candid about the way their time apart while she was co-hosting Katie Thurston’s season of The Bachelorette contributed to said struggles.
“I think after that, it was kinda like we need to remember why we were with each other,” Tayshia explained (per People). “And I think that that’s absolutely normal….It’s hard to be in a new relationship and then kind of go away for a couple of weeks, you know what I mean? And this is me being real and honest.”
Consider it a PSA about the realities of maintaining a relationship, which is honestly pretty refreshingly nuanced, especially romance formed within a franchise built on a dichotomy of ever-escalating drama and fairytale endings.
“People don’t need to need to know our story, but like, I think people need to know that even when two people are heavily in love, you still go through things,” she added. “Like, okay, we need to remember where we came from.”
As emotionally trying as the distance from Zac was, Tayshia said that diving back into Bachelorette world so soon after her own journey was even more intense at times.
“For me, I’m not going to lie, because it was so close to, like, my season, I feel like I kinda was in my feels a lot of the journey. I would even text Zac and be like, ‘I’m thinking of us through this thing.’ ‘I’m thinking of how you kind of stressed out, like, [with me] going on a date or how I was feeling,'” she said. “It was tough for me, I was crying a lot.”
Tayshia said she and Zac were able to work through the distance-related issues by taking time to reminisce and “figured out why we got in this in the first place.”
Gotta love love.
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