How Many Bachelor and Bachelorette Couples Actually Make It?
While 12ish years of The Bachelorand Bachelorette has made jaded TV viewers of most of us, many of our favorite nights are spent watching the gorgeous men and women of Bachelor Nation line up to receive their roses. And even though 18 seasons of The Bachelor and 10 seasons of The Bachelorette have ended mainly without a love connection, there are definitely some standouts that have us wishing on stars. Or, at least, wishing that we might find love on a beautifully edited reality show.
So, how many of the couples are still together? Five, actually. We don't know what will happen with Chris Soules and his Bachelor 2015 final choice once they can finally be seen in public. But to date, there are just a handful of success stories. And we count on them to keep up the good work.
Included in the lucky 16 percent of winners are Jason and Molly Mesnick, even though Jason had originally chosen (and proposed to) Melissa Rycroft over Molly on The Bachelor 13 finale. But when push came to shove, he indicated that maybe he had made a little mistake, took Mel's ring back, and started dating Molly. Fast forward to 2010, and they got hitched, three years after that, they had a baby, and now they're living large as one of the best couples ever.
Season 6:Byron Velvick and Mary Delgado — BROKE UP, but after several years together. They got engaged in November 2004 and had some domestic issues but didn't officially end their union until December 2009.
Season 7:Charlie O'Connell and Sarah Brice — BROKE UP, but after a great run. They "took a chance" on a relationship in May 2005 and broke up in September 2007. By November 2008 they were back together, but split up again in April 2010. So close!
Season 8: Travis Lane Stork and Sarah Stone — BROKE UP some time after the show finished taping, since a week after the finale aired, Travis and Sarah told reporters on a conference call that they had already split.
Season 10:Andy Baldwin and Tessa Horst — BROKE UP, first ending their engagement three months after the finale aired, but adding that they were still dating. However, one month after that announcement they officially broke up.
Season 11:Brad Womack and ... Himself! — EPIC FAIL, since he didn't even pick between DeAnna and Jenni Croft, his two finalists. He could've at least pretended to pick one, like Jen Schefft. (Kidding!)
Season 13: Jason Mesnick and Melissa Rycroft... er Molly Malaney — STILL TOGETHER, at least, Jason and Molly are. Jason infamously ended his engagement with Melissa on the "After the Final Rose" special, asking Molly out for coffee just a few minutes later. Awkward! But the Mesnicks got married in February 2010 and they are still going strong four years later.
Season 14:Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi — BROKE UP just three months after the finale aired. Aired dirty laundry in ugly televised breakup shortly after that.
Season 15: Brad Womack and Emily Maynard — BROKE UP at least once while the show was still airing but kept trying to make it work until making an official breakup statement three months after the finale aired.
Season 7: Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum — STILL TOGETHER after getting engaged on the finale, which aired August 1, 2011. They were married in a ceremony televised on ABC in December 2012, and now have their first son together.
Season 9: Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried — STILL TOGETHER after getting engaged on the finale, which aired August 5, 2013. Des moved to Seattle the weekend after and the couple is planning their wedding.
Season 10:Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray — BROKE UP suddenly in early January 2015, five months after the finale aired. It was just days after the couple appeared on the Bachelor 19 premiere red carpet together looking lovey.
So, while the couples who meet on TV aren't necessarily made to last, since 6-8 weeks to get to know someone in a group setting before getting engaged isn't very realistic, perhaps all is not lost. The shared experience of traveling the world, roses in hand, seems to have a lot to do with making lasting connections for many alumni. We hope ABC picks up the tab for their reunions, because all these post-show hookups are boosting their success rate!
Which Bachelor or Bachelorette couple is your favorite? Tell us below!