A final rose isn’t forever. Not every couple survives the reality TV curse, especially in Bachelor Nation. However, that doesn’t change the fact that the franchise is one of the most — if not the most — popular reality show on TV.
first debuted in 2005, not even host The Bachelor would have predicted that it would result in five different spinoffs: Chris Harrison , The Bachelorette Bachelor Pad, , Bachelor in Paradise Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise and . The Bachelor Winter Games
In 2020, the show is a bit different after a handful of scandals surfaced. During season 4 of
Bachelor in Paradise, production was shut down following a sexual misconduct complaint involving and Corinne Olympios . The situation made headlines for months and rules were changed the following season. DeMario Jackson
Now, one of the larger controversies is the number of background checks the production team are doing — something Harrison promises is getting better.
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“I do know that measures were taken and people were hired to do some deep dives into peoples’ social media and to try to cover our bases as much — as much more — as possible,” he told
in 2019. “But at the end of the day, we live in a very different world than when the show started 17 years ago. We’re evolving and changing and doing the best you can. But there will be things that come up. You hate to be reactive; you’d love to be proactive. But you can only be so proactive. Stuff is going to happen, so you just do the best you can with the information you have at the time.” The Hollywood Reporter
Ultimately, as much as it’s a cliché, the show is constantly looking for people who are there for the right reasons.
Us Weekly has gathered a list of all the winners of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette over the years — it’s up to you to decide who was competing for true love.
Alex Michel’s final rose in 2002’s first season of The Bachelor, the couple briefly dated before splitting. She now works as a nurse, has a daughter and is married to longtime friend Jay Caldwell.
While she was the first contestant to receive and accept a proposal on the show, her relationship with
Aaron Buerge ended weeks later. She works as a New Jersey school psychologist and is married to IBM consultant Andrew Goodman.
Several months after the season 3 finale, Schefft and
Andrew Firestone called off their engagement.She went on to become The Bachelorette but turned down two marriage proposals. In 2009, she married Joe Waterman and the couple have two children.
At the end of season 4,
Bob Guiney gave Gardinier a promise ring, but they split shortly after the show aired. She works as a San Diego sales rep.
Jesse Palmer decided not to propose to Bowlin, but the pair dated for a few months after the show ended. She now works as an attorney and is married to Omar Rawi. The pair have two children, Brady and Parker.
Byron Velvick’s proposal on the season 6 finale, the pair stayed together for years before calling it quits in 2009. She now owns a real estate company in Tampa, Florida. In 2015, she married James Kordomenos.
Brice and season 7 Bachelor
Charlie O’Connell had an on-off relationship after the finale aired. They split in 2010. Today, she lives in Dallas, Texas, and she and her husband share three sons.
Stone briefly dated
Travis Stork after he picked her — but did not propose — on season 8, but the pair did not last. She now is married with three daughters and is a cohost of the “Say It Southern” podcast.
Prince Lorenzo Borghese and Wilson dated for a year after season 9 of The Bachelor before splitting in 2007. She now is married to an accountant but keeps most of her personal life off social media.
Andy Baldwin were briefly engaged following season 10 but ended things in 2007, about six months after the show wrapped. She is now married to Tom Pickard and the couple share a son. She lives in San Francisco and is the founder of the Infant Growth Group.
Matt Grant didn’t last long after he proposed on the season 12 finale. She married Nik Richie in 2010 and the couple have two children. They also appeared on Couple’s Therapy on VH1.
proposed to Rycroft on the finale, he dumped her on the after-show and decided to choose runner-up Jason Mesnick Molly Malaney instead. Rycroft starred on multiple reality shows through the years, including two seasons of Dancing With the Stars, before going on to host Bachelor Pad and Redneck Island. In 2009, she married Tye Strickland. They have three children.
proposed to Girardi at the end of season 14 but the couple split several months after the show wrapped in 2010. She went on to date Jake Pavelka Bachelor Pad 2 alum Kasey Kahl and later NASCAR racer Todd Allen.
returned for season 15, he proposed to Maynard … but they split after a few months. In 2012, she became the Bachelorette and was briefly engaged to her winner, Brad Womack Jef Holm. In 2014, she married Tyler Johnson and the pair have four children and live in North Carolina.
proposed to Robertson at the end of season 16; the pair split, then got back together and re-engaged during the live after show. However, it didn’t last. She went on to briefly date Ben Flajnik ., who went on to become the Bachelor. In Decemebr 2019, Arie Luyendyk Jr Us broke the news that she is engaged to The pair are expecting their first child. Humberto Preciado.
and Giudici got engaged during season 17 of Sean Lowe The Bachelor. The couple tied the knot in a television wedding in January 2014. Two years later, they welcomed their first son, Samuel. In 2018, they had another son, Isaiah. Days before Christmas 2019, they welcomed their first daughter, Mia, via C-section.
“I haven’t been able to help much with the boys while I’m in surgery recovery but he’s been dad of the decade already and it’s only day two of 2020,” she wrote on Instagram on January 2, 2020.
While she got engaged to
at the end of season 18, the duo split months later in 2014. In October 2016, the nurse practitioner married Juan Pablo Galavis Tyler Vanloo. The couple have had a rocky marriage and briefly separated before reuniting in November 2019.
proposed to Bischoff at the end of season 19 in 2015. Months later, the pair called off their engagement. Later that year, she met Chris Soules Ricky Angel on Bumble and the two married in 2017. They welcomed their first child, a son, in May 2019.
got engaged on the season 20 Ben Higgins Bachelor finale and went on to star in their own spinoff, Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After? However, they split in 2017. She began dating singer in November 2018 and they married in October 2019. Chris Lane
proposed to Grimaldi in 2017 during the finale of season 21 of Nick Viall The Bachelor. However, in August of the same year, the pair split. In January 2019, she made her relationship official with Josh Wolfe.
Arie Luyendyk Jr. proposed to Kufrin at the end of season 22 of
The Bachelor, but before the season aired, he changed his mind and called off the engagement. Kurin went on to become the Bachelorette and get engaged to . Garrett Yrigoyen
’s season of Colton Underwood The Bachelor, Randolph went home when he told her he loved her. However, he sent his remaining two women home and flew to visit her, asking if she wanted to date — not get engaged — and see where it went. She agreed and the two dated until May 2020, when they announced their split.
Hannah Ann Sluss
Two months after
got down on one knee in Australia during the season 24 finale of Peter Weber The Bachelor, he broke up with the model because he had unresolved feelings for who quit during the final week. During their live reunion onstage in March 2020, Sluss did not hold back. “Word of advice,” she quipped. “If you want to be with a woman, you need to become a real man.” Madison Prewett,
In April 2020, Sluss confirmed on the “Off the Vine” podcast that she moved to Los Angeles and was going on virtual dates with a “mystery man” amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Sutter won the first season of
The Bachelorette in 2003, getting engaged to The couple married in a TV wedding in 2003 and live in Colorado with their two children. Trista Rehn.
A year after getting engaged to
Meredith Phillips on season 2 of The Bachelorette, the pair called it quits. He works as the CEO of Solidos, Inc., a recycling company.
During the finale of season 3 of
The Bachelorette, turned down Jerry’s proposal; the pair dated briefly after the show but later split. In 2011, he married actress Jen Schefft Natasha Goss. In 2014, they welcomed a son.
In 2008, Jesse proposed to
at the end of season 4 of DeAnna Pappas The Bachelorette. However, the pair split. A few months later, the pro snowboarder went on to marry Bachelor contestant Ann Lueders in 2010 and the pair have three children, Noah, born in February 2011, Carter, born in December 2016, and Charlotte, born in March 2014.
During season 5 of
The Bachelorette, Ed left ’ season to focus on his job with Microsoft, only to return, win and get engaged. They split in 2010 and he competed on Jillian Harris Bachelor Pad season 3. In 2015, he married Good Day Chicago host Natalie Bomke. He works as the Senior Vice President of Digital at Kambio Group.
got engaged in 2010 but split in November 2011, 18 months later. Roberto lives in Colorado Springs and works as a State Farm Insurance Agent. In December 2019, he shared on Twitter that he is engaged to Ali Fedowsky Kristiana Elliott. “When you know you know. Found my forever sweetheart,” he captioned three photos of the couple.
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J.P. got engaged to
in 2011 during the season 7 finale. The pair married in 2012 and welcomed their first son in 2014. Two years later, they welcomed a daughter. They renewed their vows in 2018. The following year, J.P. was diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder called Guillain-Barré syndrome. J.P. and Ashley announced their split in 2020 after nearly eight years of marriage. Ashley Hebert
The Bachelorette in 2012, Holm proposed to . However, they split shortly after. While he was later linked to Emily Maynard Bachelor in Paradise alum Kristina Schulman, he is not very active on social media. He lives in Venice and is the CEO of People Water, a for-profit company to help provide clean water for those in need.
Ever since getting engaged to
on season 9, the pair have lived in Seattle together. They tied the knot in January 2015. One year later, they had their first son. In 2019, their second son arrived. Desiree Hartsock
Six months after proposing to
at the end of season 10 of Andi Dorfman The Bachelorette, the pair split. In 2016, he appeared on season 3 of Bachelor in Paradise and proposed to . However, they later called off their engagement. He last appeared on MTV’s Amanda Stanton Champ vs. Stars.
During season 11 of
The Bachelorette, Booth got engaged to . The pair moved to Nashville where he opened BoothCamp Gym. However, in November 2018, they called off their engagement after three years together. He is still living in Nashville and training. Kaitlyn Bristowe
The former NFL quarterback proposed to
during the season 12 finale of JoJo Fletcher The Bachelorette in 2016. However, the pair wanted to enjoy their engagement and in August 2019, he proposed again. The Cash Pad costars plan to marry in the summer of 2020.
After proposing to
on the season 12 finale of Rachel Lindsay The Bachelorette, the chiropractor and the lawyer went on to live a fairytale. They married in August 2019 in Mexico, honeymooned in Greece and are planning to begin a family soon.
On the season 14 finale, the medical sales representative proposed to
. The pair have been enjoying their engagement ever since the 2018 proposal and are living together in Carlsbad, California. Becca Kufrin
Although he and
got engaged on the season 15 finale, she called it off shortly after the show wrapped when she found out he had a girlfriend. Since the show, he has apologized and moved on. Since November 2019, he has been dating personal trainer Hannah Brown Ellen Decker.