The Bachelor has become somewhat of a reality TV phenomenon. After coming on air in 2002, Bachelor nation has grown through the years, with friends and families gathering to watch the making and breaking of bachelors and bachelorettes.
Setting up an eligible man or woman with almost 30 men was bound to result in a lot of hookups to even more tears. While many of the winners thought they got their happily ever after, reality hadn’t even hit yet. We break down which couples made it through the storm.
Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum
On season 7 of the Bachelorette, we saw Ashley looking for love. While Ashley had some incredible dates and some supposed deep connections, when it came down to the final rose, J.P was her final choice.
Ben Flajnik was heartbroken after being let down by the bachelorette, but he then went on to look for love himself on the Bachelor. Ashley and J.P were hitched in 2012, a ceremony officiated by Chris Harrison. They have two children together and renewed their vows in 2018.
Juan Pablo Galavis And Nikki Ferrell
As one of the most controversial and hated Bachelors, season 18s Juan Pablo didn’t have many people rooting for him in finding love and thought the women would be better off with other people.
Juan seemed like the kind of Bachelor who was in it for the fame. After giving his final rose to Nikki Ferrell, he made her his girlfriend without an engagement. Nikki even stayed with him after the bachelor admitted he didn’t love her. They later split after appearing on Couple’s Therapy with Dr. Jenn.
Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray
Andi Dorfman was The Bachelorette in season 10. Andi’s ride was anything but smooth and after an intense conversation with Nick Viall, she broke it off with him and went on to get engaged to Josh Murray.
Nick did not have an easy time letting it go and was still looking for closure, claiming he was still in love with Andi. After getting engaged, Josh and Andi broke up after a few months together and Dorfman claimed the relationship got verbally abusive.
Aaron Buerge And Helene Eksterowicz
Season 2 of The Bachelor saw Aaron Buerge give his final rose and propose to Helene Eksterowicz. The wild ride of The Bachelor fairytale was over quickly for these two and their engagement ended after just a matter of weeks, despite being completely loved up on the show.
Today, Aaron and Helene both got married to their respective partners, Aaron met his wife in a sports bar in his Missouri hometown and they have two daughters together.
Andrew Firestone and Jen Schefft
In season 3 of The Bachelor, we saw Andrew Firestone have his pick of the ladies and eventually gave his final rose to Jen Schefft, who he also proposed to. However, yet another Bachelor couple who failed to last, the two broke off the engagement quite amicably after 10 months together.
It wasn’t all bad as Jen went on to become the third Bachelorette and Firestone went on to marry actress and model Ivana Bozilovic, they have three children together.
Jen Schefft and Jerry Ferris
After a failed engagement to Andrew Firestone on his season, Jen got her second shot at love and became The Bachelorette in season 2 of The Bachelorette In a surprising twist at the end of her series, Jen ended up rejecting both guys, even after Jerry Ferris proposed.
Unlucky in love, eventually, Jen got married to public relations executive Joe Waterman and the couple had two daughters together. Sometimes, The Bachelor process doesn’t work out for everyone.
Lorenzo Borghese And Jennifer Wilson
Season 9 of The Bachelor saw Italian Stallion Lorenzo Borghese choose Jennifer Wilson at the end of the process. Despite Jennifer being the last remaining woman, Lorenzo chose not to propose and instead asked her to be exclusive with him.
Turns out that he made the right decision and they later broke up. However, Lorenzo then backtracked and dated the runner-up Sadie Murray. But that relationship was also not meant to be and they broke up shortly after.
Matt Grant and Shayne Lamas
In season 12 of The Bachelor, British-born Matt Grant came along and had the ladies melting with his accent and charm. In the finale of the show, Grant ended up giving his final rose to Shayne Lamas and proposing.
However, the engagement was short-lived and the two broke up, leading Grant to move back to London. Shayne however ended up with internet personality Nik Richie, who she married after knowing for 8-hours. Against all odds the couple are still together and have two kids.
Jason Mesnick and Melissa Rycroft
Jason Mesnick became one of the most controversial bachelors in season 13. Jason ended up proposing to Melissa Rycroft in the finale, but shortly after changed his mind after having a change of heart.
Jason admitted on “After The Final Rose” that he couldn’t stop thinking of runner-up Molly Malaney, who was then brought out on the show to be asked out by Jason. This risk actually paid off and the two ended up getting married in a 2-hour Bachelor special. Today, the couple have one daughter together.
Ali Fedotowsky And Roberto Martinez
Ali Fedotowsky made a great Bachelorette in season 6. At the end, Roberto Martinez ended up proposing to her at the end of the season. However, after a rocky ride, Ali and Roberto never made it down the aisle and ended their engagement.
Afterwards, Ali ended up finding love with radio and television host Kevin Manno. The couple were married and now they have two children together and Ali made a name for herself as an entertainment journalist.
Brad Womack And Emily Maynard
Brad Womack was famously a two-time bachelor, appearing on the 11th and 15th seasons. After Brad ended up rejecting both women in season 11’s finale, he became unfavorable with fans but producers still invited him back for a second shot at love in season 15.
This time, he ended up falling for Emily Maynard and proposing to her. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be and the two split up a while later. Emily went on to become The Bachelorette.
Emily Maynard and Jef Holm
After a failed engagement to unlucky in love Brad Womack, Emily Maynard got her own shot on The Bachelorette in season 8. Emily became engaged to Jef Holm at the end of her season, but their relationship wasn’t meant to be and they ended up splitting up after two months.
Emily ended up reconnecting with someone from her hometown, Tyler Johnson. The couple wed in 2014 and had three children together, along with raising Emily’s daughter from a previous relationship.
Sean Lowe And Catherine Giudici
Sean Lowe first appeared on Emily Maynard’s season of The Bachelorette, but he was sent home. Sean returned as The Bachelor in season 17 of the show and fell in love with Catherine Giudici.
In 2014, the couple were married in a televised ceremony. As a devout Christian, Giudici agreed to wait to be intimate with Sean until they were married. The couple are still going strong after five years of marriage and they have two children together.
Desiree Hartsock And Chris Siegfried
On Desiree’s season 9 of The Bachelorette, she had a tough ride in her heart being broken by Brooks, but then eventually found love with Chris. Despite not falling in love with Chris from the beginning, Desiree fell head over heels in love with him by the end of the process.
Chris was given the final rose and proposed. The couple were married in private in 2015 and not have two children together after settling in Seattle.
Ben Higgins And Lauren Bushnell
Ben Higgings took on the role of The Bachelor in season 20. In the finale, he gave his final rose and proposed to Lauren Bushnell. Lauren moved in with him in Denver soon after their engagement and they starred in the spinoff Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After? but they later ended their engagement.
In a messy split, Lauren admitted she had so much anxiety on the day she was getting engaged and knew something wasn’t right.
Jojo Fletcher And Jordan Rodgers
In season 12, Jojo Fletcher was the Bachelorette and ended up falling in love with former pro quarterback Jordan Rodgers. Jordan ended up proposing in the finale and the couple went on to have a CNBC home renovation show called Cash Pad.
In 2019, Jojo admitted she was finally ready to marry Jordan and they didn’t want to rush anything, despite everyone’s persistence on when the wedding would be. Watch this space for an upcoming wedding!
Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi
After being heartbroken by Andi, this was Nick’s fourth stint on a Bachelor franchise show, but his first time as The Bachelor in season 21. Nick ended up finding love with Canadian Vanessa Grimaldi and he proposed in the finale.
However, the couple lived in different countries and when they were together, it simply wasn’t working and they split. Nick went on to compete in Dancing With The Stars and also has a podcast called The Viall Files.
Rachel Lindsay And Bryan Abasolo
After being dumped by Nick Viall, Rachel Lindsay was named as the first black Bachelorette. Rachel devastated fans by breaking up with fan-favorite Peter Kraus in favor of Bryan Abasolo. Rachel gave Bryan her first impression rose and her final rose, Bryan then proposed.
The couple are still engaged today and set to imminently in 2019. Despite offers to televise their wedding, the couple have opted to keep it off-camera and private.
Arie Luyendyk Jr. And Becca Kufrin
Season 22 saw Arie Luyendyk assume the role of The Bachelor. After proposing in the finale to Becca Kufrin, weeks later Arie decided he made a mistake and invited the cameras along to break off the engagement to Becca.
In the heart-wrenching scenes, Becca is sobbing in the bathroom and Arie confessed he wanted to get back together with runner up Lauren Burnham. Arie made up with Lauren on-screen and proposed on After The Final Rose. The couple recently got married and have one daughter.
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