Tayshia Adams and Zac Clark's Relationship Timeline

Tayshia Adams and Zac Clark met on season 16 of The Bachelorette. After getting engaged on her season's finale, the two split up after about a year together in November 2021. Here is a complete timeline of their relationship

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November 10, 2020: Tayshia Adams and Zac Clark meet on 'The Bachelorette'

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Tayshia Adams and Zac Clark on The Bachelorette. ABC

Adams met Clark when he competed for her heart on The Bachelorette. Adams, who first came to fame as a contestant on season 23 of The Bachelor, became the Bachelorette on season 16 of the show after Clare Crawley departed midway through filming.

Despite her delayed start, Adams wasted no time on her journey to find love, and her immediate connection with Zac Clark was undeniable.

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December 15, 2020: Tayshia Adams and Zac Clark go on a "hometown" date

Zac Clark, Tayshia Adams. Craig Sjodin/ABC

Adams said she was sure Clark was the one after their hometown visit. She shared in February 2021 on Better Together with Maria Menounos, "I knew for sure once I met his family. I just remember when I was about to go to talk to his parents, and he was going to go talk to his brother, as he's walking out the door, he was like, 'By the way, I've told her everything, so you can ask her anything.' "

"That was the confidence I needed, just to be like, 'There's no skeletons in the closet,'" she continued. "And that's just how he was since day one. He's like, 'Talk about anything.' And it wasn't in front of cameras. It was in passing, just to have his parents have the peace of mind — like, 'Oh, what can I not bring up,' and he's like, 'Tell her anything.'"

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December 22, 2020: Tayshia Adams and Zac Clark get engaged

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The pair became engaged after Adams gave Clark the final rose on her season's finale, with Clark telling her, "From our first kiss to riding the Ferris wheel to meeting each other's families, nothing has ever felt so right my entire life. You've helped me experience the love that I didn't know existed, and you've made me smile more than anyone has ever made me smile. I love you, Tayshia."

She returned his feelings, saying, "I'm ready to start a life with you. But also, I love you, Zac Clark, and I'll do absolutely anything to keep that huge smile on your face because you do everything to keep a huge smile on mine."

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February 25, 2021: Tayshia Adams and Zac Clark "date while being engaged"

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Earlier this year, the former Bachelorette told Marie Claire the two were "dating" while "engaged."

Adams added that she's "not at all" thinking about ending the relationship despite frequently being asked if they are still together.

"At first, Zac was the person to be like, 'We could get married next week.' And I was like, 'Slow your roll. I'd love to date a year,'" she says. "And now I'm like, 'You want to … maybe next month?' And he's like, 'Tayshia, slow your roll.' We're back and forth. But there's no timeline. It's definitely going to happen. I just don't know when."

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December 23, 2020: Tayshia Adams plans to move to New York to be closer to Zac Clark

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After their time on The Bachelorette, Adams revealed she was moving to New York to be with Clark.

"She has a one-way ticket to New York," Clark shared with PEOPLE. "We're going to get comfortable. And I'm going to date the heck out of her!"

Adams added, "I'll still have my place in California, so we'll be bi-coastal, but that's the plan!"

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January 11, 2021: Tayshia Adams and Zac Clark run a charity 5K together

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The pair ran New York Road Runner's Charity Resolution Run in N.Y.C. in January 2021, Adams' first run in her new city.

"I can't feel my face when I'm with you🎶🥰... but for real it's too cold pls send help," she jokingly captioned photos from their run.

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January 16, 2021: Tayshia Adams and Zac Clark dress in costumes to celebrate his birthday

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The pair was The Man in the Yellow Hat and Curious George for Clark's birthday in January 2021. Adams captioned her Instagram post from the celebrations, "Curious George and the Birthday Surprise!🥳 🎉🎂 How am I doing with the promise I made to keep that smile on your face!? 😋"

She added, "I love you the most, Clarky!! Had the best time celebrating your birthday with you!🤍✨."

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February 14, 2021: Tayshia Adams and Zac Clark celebrate their first Valentine's Day together

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On Valentine's Day 2021, Clark posted a series of photos with Adams, simply captioning the loved-up snaps, "Happy love day Queen. ❤️."

"My forever Valentine 😘," Adams wrote in the comment section.

Adams also shared a photo on Instagram of the pair at the top of the Empire State Building that she captioned, "Feelin on top of the world with you! Happy Valentines Babe!♥️✨."

Clark commented on his fiancée's post, writing, "Hi. love you."

Another photo Adams posted showed the pair snuggling in bed together, enjoying some time off.

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March 2021: Tayshia Adams posts that she misses Zac Clark

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"Missin my Clarky ✨," Adams captioned a photo in March 2021.

That same month, Adams responded to breakup rumors after she was spotted without her ring. "There's always weird rumors circulating around that I'm not wearing my ring and that Zac and I are broken up. I don't know what is happening, but you guys, I was holding my phone with my left hand," she explained on her Instagram Story.

She also explained that she had dropped the ring off to get it resized but that it would be back on her finger shortly.

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April 2021: Tayshia Adams and Zac Clark celebrate Easter

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The reality stars cuddled while celebrating Easter in April 2021.

"Happy Easter! He is Risen! Much love to you & yours! 🐣🐰💕✨," Adams captioned her post on Instagram.

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May 2021: Tayshia Adams and Zac Clark visit Newport Beach

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The two had some fun in the sun in May 2021 while visiting Newport Beach, California.

Adams is originally from Orange County, California.

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2021: Tayshia Adams and Zac Clark celebrate one-year anniversary

Adams shared a sweet memory of the pair making wishes on a date during their time on The Bachelorette in honor of their one-year anniversary of meeting.

She wrote, "At approximately this time 365 days ago, I met you! It's been a wild ride so far with our lives going a million miles an hour but how lucky are we to have had an amazing week together at the place where it all started AND we were to able to renew our wishes a year later?! WILD✨. Happy to have you by my side, Clarky. 143♥️."

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September 2021: Tayshia Adams and Zac Clark explore New York City

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"Saturdays in the City 🗽," Adams captioned a photo with Clark in New York City in September 2021.

Meanwhile, Adams admitted that the pair had experienced tough times while living apart and dealing with their busy schedules. "It's been pretty tough, but also, at the same time, we love each other, and we want to make it work," she told PEOPLE at the iHeartRadio Music Festival that same month.

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October 2021: Tayshia Adams supports Zac Clark in the London Marathon

Adams was on hand to root for her fiancé when he ran the 2021 London Marathon. Clark shared his appreciation for her on Instagram, writing a "Fan appreciation post for the real Queen of London ❤️."

After the marathon, the couple jetted to Paris for a few days for a romantic getaway.

Adams shared many moments from the trip on her Instagram Story, including a picture of the city that she captioned, "Guys, I woke up in Paris! I'm so happy."

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November 9, 2021: Tayshia Adams and Zac Clark run the New York City Marathon together

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In early November 2021, Adams and Clark both made it through all 26.2 miles of the New York City Marathon.

Clark shared some heartfelt praise for Adams on his Instagram, writing, "The untold story about @tayshia is one of humility and courage. She would never tell the world how truly inspiring her performance was yesterday at the @nycmarathon but I will."

He continued, "Leading up to Sunday she did dozens of interviews where she could have talked about her chronic knee/back pain or her inability to train due to her insane schedule but instead she talked about her charity of choice, @worldvisionusa, and how grateful she was for all the support from family, friends, fans and strangers."

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November 22, 2021: Tayshia Adams and Zac Clark end their engagement

(L-R) Tayshia Adams and Zac Clark attend the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival on September 18, 2021 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Just weeks after running the New York City Marathon together, PEOPLE confirmed the pair had ended their engagement.

"Tayshia Adams and Zac Clark are no longer a couple," a rep for Adams told PEOPLE.

"Things have been strained through the fall. Both of their schedules have been really tough," a source told PEOPLE of Adams, who had been co-hosting The Bachelorette, and Clark, the co-founder of Release Recovery, an addiction treatment center and transitional living facility. "Tayshia has been very busy, and Zac also has a lot on his plate. Scheduling time together was just very difficult."

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December 6, 2021: Tayshia Adams walks off 'The Bachelorette's Men Tell All' special after discussing her split from Zac Clark

Adams addressed the breakup publicly for the first time during The Bachelorette's Men Tell All special. "All in all, all I have to say is that I'm heartbroken. But we tried really hard, and I still love him very much. And I'm not sure that the future holds," she said before walking off the stage.

"We're going to let Tayshia have a minute," her co-host Kaitlyn Bristowe said.

The following day, Adams told former Bachelorette Becca Kufrin that she was "hanging in there" and "still going through it" on an episode of the Happy Hour podcast.

"That day was really tough for me because that's actually the day that the news broke to everyone, so it was just very heavy," Adams said of filming the Men Tell All. "But I had a job to do at the same time, so I'm really happy I was able to be surrounded by all of you guys and be supported by that, but it doesn't make any of that easier."

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June 2022: Zac Clark defends Tayshia Adams on Instagram

Months after their breakup, Clark proved that things were amicable between him and Adams when he offered her support on social media. After Adams posted a series of bikini shots on her Instagram, she received a negative comment that took a dig at her and Clark's relationship. Clark directly responded to it, defending his ex-fiancée and writing, "Enough is enough."

He continued, "One of the problems with social media is it gives people like you a voice and unwarranted power. The truth is, we see this s---, I see this s---. It is hard to avoid and it is just not nice, especially when you have no idea what you are talking about/you just make s--- up. I struggle to see why you would be mean for no reason, being kind is so much easier, I promise."

Clark then turned the conversation to Adams and said, "So @tayshia f--- the noise and keep doing your thing."

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