While 12ish years of The Bachelor and 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 nine 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 Juan Pablo Galavis and his chosen one on tonight's Season 18 Finale, or after, now that 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.
The Bachelorette has a much higher success rate, with two Bachelorettes now married to their final pick: Trista Rehn (to Season 1 winner Ryan Sutter) and Season 7 Bachelorette Ashley Hebert (to J.P. Rosenbaum). If you add to that Desiree Hartsock and Season 9 fiancé Chris Siegfried, it looks a whole lot better to be on The Bachelorette.
Here’s the rundown of which couples are still together and which are dunzo (head here for details on each couple):
THE BACHELOR STATS
Season 1: Alex Michel and Amanda Marsh — BROKE UP after almost a year of dating after the show.
Season 2: Aaron Buerge and Helene Eksterowicz — BROKE UP five weeks after the finale aired.
Season 3: Andrew Firestone and Jen Schefft — BROKE UP 7 months after finale aired.
Season 4: Bob Guiney and Estella Gardinier — BROKE UP one month after the finale aired, right after they attended Trista and Ryan Sutter's December 2003 wedding.
Season 5: Jesse Palmer and Jessica Bowlin — BROKE UP one month after the finale aired.
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 9: Prince Lorenzo Borghese and Jennifer Wilson — BROKE UP two months after the finale aired.
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 12: Matt Grant and Shayne Lamas — BROKE UP two months after the finale aired.
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 16: Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson — BROKE UP during filming at least once, but got back together on the "After the Final Rose." They ended things officially in early October 2012.
Season 17: Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici — STILL TOGETHER after getting engaged in November 2012 during filming, and got MARRIED on January 26, 2014 in ABC's first LIVE televised finale!
Season 18: Juan Pablo Galavis and his 2014 winner — We'll have to wait and see!
THE BACHELORETTE STATS
Season 1: Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter — STILL TOGETHER, after the finale aired in February 2003 they got married in an ABC special broadcast on December 6, 2003. They now have two children together.
Season 2: Meredith Phillips and Ian McKee — BROKE UP one year after the finale aired.
Season 3: Jen Schefft and Jerry Ferris — BROKE UP technically on the "After the Final Rose" special when Jen realized she wasn't feeling it.
Season 4: DeAnna Pappas and Jesse Csincsak — BROKE UP four months after the finale aired.
Season 5: Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski — BROKE UP one year after the finale aired.
Season 6: Ali Fedotowsky and Roberto Martinez — BROKE UP just before Thanksgiving 2011, one year and 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.
Season 8: Emily Maynard and Jef Holm — BROKE UP in October 2012 after weathering a cheating scandal.
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: Begins May 2014!
Of course, The Bachelor franchise has also spawned many non-”official” couples between show alums, including Bachelorette 4’s Jesse Csincsak and Bachelor 13’s Ann Lueders Csincsak; Bachelor Pad 1 cuties Tenley Molzahn and Kiptyn Locke, who recently got back together after breaking up in January 2013; Bachelor 10’s Peyton Wright and Bachelorette 6’s Chris Lambton; and BP2’s Holly Durst &
Michael Stagliano Blake Julian... Plus, Season 14's Elizabeth Kitt and Season 6 cutie Ty Brown, who are getting married next month!
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!