On Jan. 22, the Bachelor alum, who competed for Brad Womack's heart on season 15 of the series before heading to the first season of Bachelor in Paradise with Clare, showed off candles on her Instagram Story. However, these weren't just any candles: They were breakup candles, labeled with "thanx, next," "better off," and "clean slate." Michelle captioned the post, "I'll give you one guess who I'm sending these to."
Clare and Dale split earlier this month following rumors that the couple, who had a whirlwind relationship on Clare's season of The Bachelorette, were on the outs. On Jan. 20, Dale confirmed the rumors on Instagram.
"I wanted [to] share with you all that Clare and I have decided to go our separate ways," he wrote. "We appreciate the love and support we've received from so many people, but this is the healthiest decision for both of us at this time. We strongly believe in leading with love and always remaining true to oneself—something our families have taught and instilled in us throughout our lives. We only hope the best things for one another."
Shortly after the former Party City model posted the statement, however, sources familiar with the situation told E! News that Clare believes Dale cheated on her throughout their engagement. Meanwhile, a separate insider close to Dale insisted he was faithful and has "nothing but love and respect for her."
Clare released her own statement on Instagram about the breakup on Jan. 21.
"I was made aware of a ‘mutual' statement at the same time you all were, so I've needed some time to really digest this," she wrote. "Speaking for myself, my intentions with this relationship have always been very clear, so the truth is I am crushed."
Clare continued, writing, "This was not what I expected or hoped for and am still trying to process this. Our relationship was not perfect, but I can say I was genuinely invested with all of my heart."
Fortunately, Clare can now burn photos of her ex with those breakup candles.