In 2002, ABC’s The Bachelor was born. Twenty to thirty women vie for red roses from the show’s male lead. The show is still a fan favorite on ABC.
A female-lead spin-off, The Bachelorette, aired the next year. The long-running show continues to this day. However, very few relationships last once the show’s final episode airs.
In 23 seasons, only four long-term relationships escaped the Bachelor curse. The women had more luck. Six Bachelor‘s have lasting relationships .
The ‘winner’ of each season isn’t always the winner in real life. In several instances, the lead changed their minds. They reconnect with a different contestant after the show ends.
These 10 Bachelor or Bachelorette relationships that lasted after the final rose, courtesy of The Insider.
Bachelorette: Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter
Trista Rehn was the franchise’s first Bachelorette. The former dancer for the Miami Heat was the runner-up of the first season of The Bachelor.
At the end of her season, Trista’s final suitor, firefighter Ryan Sutter proposed. The couple later married in a televised special, Trista & Ryan’s Wedding. Almost 20 years later, Trista and Ryan live in Vail, Colorado with their two children.
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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…so proud of this man and his dedication to the meaning and purpose of the fire service. Now, I just have to keep reminding myself of that tomorrow when we’re all missing him and wishing he were home! ❤️🎅🏼🚒 #dutycalls #christmas2019 #thankfulforfacetime #proudwife #firefighterwife #happyfamily
Bachelor: Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney
Jason Mesnick was the runner-up in DeAnna Pappas’s season of The Bachelorette. He was chosen as the lead for Season 13 of The Bachelor in 2009.
In a shocking twist, Jason dumped his final choice and fiancé, Melissa Rycroft on the After the Final Rose special. He promptly asked runner-up Molly Malaney for another chance.
Molly and Jason wed in 2010 on an ABC special, Jason and Molly’s Wedding. They have one child together and live in Washington state. Jason has a son from a previous relationship.
Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum
Bubbly dance instructor competed for Brad Womack’s heart in Season 15 of The Bachelor. After landing in third place, Ashley went on to be the next Bachelorette.
She chose construction manager J.P Rosenbaum as the winner. The couple married in a televised special in 2012. They live in Miami, Florida with their two children.
TV Shows Ace reported in late December that J.P. was diagnosed with neurological disorder Guillain-Barre.
Bachelor: Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudice
Sean Lowe didn’t win Emily Maynard’s heart during Season 8 of The Bachelorette. However, he quickly won the hearts of fans and was named the next Bachelor in 2013.
He proposed to Catherine Giudice in the show’s season finale. The pair later wed during yet another televised special. The couple have three children together, the most recent born last month.
Bachelorette: Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried
One of the contestants on Sean Lowe’s season was Desiree Hartsock. She didn’t win but she was named the next Bachelorette. The bridal stylist got engaged to Chris Siegfried during the final episode of the season.
Chris and Desiree married in 2015. Their second child was born in early 2019.
JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers
Jordan Rodgers is the younger brother of Green Bay Packers star player Aaron Rodgers. Jordan competed on Season 12 of The Bachelorette.
JoJo and Jordan became engaged on the show in 2016. However, they are still together and engaged. They just haven’t wed yet. They address their engagement and relationship in a web series, Engaged with JoJo and Jordan.
Bachelorette: Rachel Lindsay and Bryan Abasolo
Rachel Lindsay was the first African-American Bachelorette in the franchise’s history. She shocked fans by choosing Bryan Abasolo over Peter Kraus in the show’s season finale.
The couple later wed off-camera in Mexico, breaking with ABC’s tradition of televised weddings.
Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham
Arie Luyendyk Jr. pulled a Jason Mesnick. He proposed to Becca Kufrin at the end of the season. However, he later changed his mind and realized he had feelings for runner-up, Lauren Burnham.
Fans were outraged at Arie’s choice to film his break-up with Becca. He later proposed to Lauren during the After the Final Rose special.
Lauren and Arie wed a year after the engagement and recently had their first child, a daughter.
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Bachelorette: Becca Kurfin and Garrett Yrigoyen
Becca came out smelling like a rose after the break-up. She was chosen as the lead for Season 14 of The Bachelorette. At the end of the season, Becca gave her final rose to Garrett Yrigoyen.
The couple’s engagement is still on and they live together.
Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph
Colton Underwood’s fence-jumping during Season 23 of The Bachelor is the gift that keeps on giving in hilarious gifs and memes. The former NFL player was upset when frontrunner Cassie Randolph made the decision to leave the show.
Cassie returned the following episode and Colton broke up with the other two contestants. While Cassie did not get a ring, she did get the final rose from Colton.
Season 24 of The Bachelor premieres Monday, January 6 on ABC. Peter Weber, who competed on Hannah Brown’s season of The Bachelorette, returns to find love among 30 new contestants.
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