'Talking It Out': Zac Clark Tells Mike & Bryan How He Handled 'Bachelorette' Sobriety Concerns
In part two of his “Talking It Out” interview with co-hosts Mike Johnson and Bryan Abasolo, Zac Clark shared more about overcoming his battle with substance abuse.
The winner of Tayshia Adams’ final rose detailed his sobriety concerns going into “The Bachelorette” Season 16.
“I think as it pertains to alcohol, I want to be liked, I want to find that commonality with my fellow [castmates]. And going on a show like this, the common denominator is oftentimes, ‘Let’s have a drink, let’s have a cocktail,’” said Zac, who has been sober since August 2011 following a second and successful round of rehab.
“I think I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t think about how I’m going to connect with these guys, especially on that first night. It’s a lubricant, we know that,” he elaborated. “And there were definitely some moments there where my head was kind of rotating like, ‘How did I get here?’ I just kind of had to get through the pain and work through the fear and get to a place of reminding myself that I’m worth it, I’m good enough, and all that stuff.”
Zac — who co-founded his own treatment center, Release Recovery, in 2017 — went on to say that he was grateful that Season 16 leads Clare Crawley and his now-fiancée, Tayshia, were receptive to his story. The handsome New Jersey native also explained how his past experience in rehab set the stage for a convivial reality TV journey.
“At the end of the day, it just wasn’t that dramatic. The bubble alone was like being in rehab,” Zac said of filming at Palm Springs, California’s La Quinta Resort & Club, where the entirety of “The Bachelorette” Season 16 was shot due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Talk about your feelings in front of this camera, be amongst a bunch of other dudes,” he added, noting the similarities.
“Every morning, when I open my eyes, I have a competitive advantage against the rest of the world because I’m clear-headed, I’m clear-minded,” Zac continued. “I’ve been through some s--t, I have some life experience. I’ve seen some things play out. And so going on the show was just another one of those experiences where I know at the end of the day, I’m not in control here. There’s something else out there that’s in control and I’m going to stay out of that.”
Listen to the latest edition of “Talking It Out with Mike & Bryan” below.
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