Benoit Beausejour-Savard says ex-fiancée Clare Crawley's portrayal on the current season of The Bachelorette doesn't match the person he knows.
Beausejour-Savard, 33, who was engaged to Crawley, 39, following the 2018 Bachelor Winter Games, later calling it quits in April of the same year. The friendly exes even filmed together for the show back in March, though it didn't make it into the season premiere.
During a recent appearance on the Almost Famous podcast with hosts Ben Higgins and Ashley Iaconetti, Beausejour-Savard said he's "still good friends" with Crawley, adding that the cut scene they shot together showed her as a "normal person." He added that Crawley's more relatable side isn't coming through onscreen.
"She has some good qualities, and right now what we’ve seen it’s only, like, [the] drama part. There's not much serious talk," he said. "… Clare is a really deep person. She likes to get to know you on a really deeper level — which is not showing at all."
Beausejour-Savard later said the Crawley shown this season is "not the Clare that I know."
"Put yourself into her shoes: You’re doing quarantine in a resort. This show’s a bit [of a] mindf—; you’ve been there, it’s a lot to manage and I feel like at some point maybe she was overwhelmed by all of this," he said. "… There’s a little difference in the Clare that is shown on TV than the Clare that I know in real life."
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As fans have seen so far, Crawley fell hard for contestant Dale Moss, 32, during episode 1 — ultimately bringing the season to an abrupt conclusion (of sorts). Though her exit — and replacement with Tayshia Adams — has been rumored for months, the switch was made official during a teaser that aired after last week's episode.
Beausejour-Savard said during the podcast appearance that the season would have played out differently if Moss wasn't among the cast. He added that her departure might not have been fully her choice.
"I think, like, ultimately it was production that came at her and just like said, 'You know what, Clare, I feel like you’re not giving it a fair chance. You’re really into Dale, so we want you to be happy,' and they had like a common agreement on her maybe leaving the show," he said. "But I feel like it wasn’t her ultimate decision."
In October, Beausejour-Savard opened up to PEOPLE about supporting Crawley even after they ended their engagement. "There's no place for hard feelings," the former Bachelorette Canada contestant said. "There was nothing bad about the two of us. It just didn't work out in the end. I will always support her, and she's doing the same for me."
Discussing Crawley's first night being the Bachelorette, Beausejour-Savard said he wasn't surprised about her quick fall for Moss. "This is Clare," Beausejour-Savard said. "What you see is what you get. She's not gonna fake other relationships when she's really into someone."
Crawley told PEOPLE earlier this year that she and Beausejour-Savard split because they "realized we were different and wanted different things." She added at the time, "But we still totally stay in touch, and we root for each other and for each other’s happiness."
Following Crawley's announcement as Bachelorette, Beausejour-Savard shared a sweet message of support on Instagram.
"Congratulations to this gem!!" he wrote in the caption of the March post. "She will be an amazing Bachelorette. She is smart, fun, strong, knows what she wants and most importantly, she will call out the guys messing around!! Hell yeah!! Good Luck on your journey to find love @clarecrawley!! You will be the best."
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