The hit show The Bachelor just wrapped up another season of romance, suspense and yes…comedy. The show promises contestants a shot at “true love” with a particularly eligible gentleman ready to settle down. We reviewed every season of the show to see how well the winning couples have fared in real life, outside of the glare of the reality TV lights. The results might surprise you.
We roundup of every season of The Bachelor below to find out if these couples are still together:
Season 1: Alex Michel and Amanda Marsh
In the very first season of The Bachelor, Alex Michel chose Amanda Marsh as “the one” but didn’t propose to her. They dated for a few months before breaking up. Today, Marsh is married to an old childhood friend.
Season 2: Aaron Buerge and Helene Eksterowicz
He proposed at the end of Season 2 and five weeks later they called it quits. He married another woman in 2009 and they welcomed a daughter. She declared bankruptcy in 2011 and got married to another man in 2013.
Season 3: Andrew Firestone and Jen Schefft
Another couple that ended the season with engagement, just to break up after. He married a model and has three kids. She went on to be The Bachelorette but turned down the proposal by the guy she picked. Now she’s married to another and has two kids.
Season 4: Bob Guiney and Estella Gardinier
He may have chosen her, but that doesn’t mean he proposed. Instead, he gave her a promise ring in hopes of getting to know each other better. The relationship didn’t last much longer. He went on to marry a soap opera star, but divorced after five years of marriage.
Season 5: Jesse Palmer and Jessica Bowlin
Viewers might have thought this couple would last, but alas, they did not – breaking up soon after the show ended. He got a gig as a college football analyst and she became a lawyer.
Season 6: Byron Velvick and Mary Delgado
This couple stayed together for five years after Season 6! But they never married. She later got arrested on charges of assaulting him. And he got arrested on suspicion of DUI.
Season 7: Charlie O’Connell and Sarah Brice
This couple dated for two years after the show ended. Then they broke up. Then they got back together. Then they broke up again. He went on to pursue an acting career and she’s now a married mom.
Season 8: Travis Stork and Sarah Stone
They fell in love, he proposed, then they broke up shortly after the show ended. Today he’s co-host of the show The Doctors and she’s married with two kids.
Season 9: Prince Lorenzo Borghese and Jennifer Wilson
Her gave her the final rose and a proposal, but this couple ended the following year. He went on to write a historical novel and she continued her teaching career.
Season 10: Andy Baldwin and Tessa Horst
This season ended with a proposal, but the couple ended their engagement a month later. Then a few months after that, they called the relationship off completely. He works as a U.S. Navy physician and she married someone else.
Season 11: Brad Womack and… no one
In a “Bachelor” first, Womack decided not to choose either of the remaining contestants (DeAnna Pappas or Jenni Croft). He went on to join another season of the show.
Season 12: Matt Grant and Shayne Lamas
He got down on one knee and asked her to marry him, but they broke up just a few months later. This bachelor got engaged to another woman earlier this year. She went on to pursue her acting career.
Season 13: Jason Mesnick and Melissa Rycroft
This season had a weird twist. Even though he chose Rycroft as the winner, he admitted on air that he really wanted to choose runner-up, Molly Malaney. Mesnick and Malaney ended up getting married in 2010 and had a daughter. As for Rycroft, she appeared on Dancing with the Stars and then married someone else.
Season 14: Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi
Her gave her the final rose and a ring, but later broke up via phone call. One source who was close to Pavelka on Dancing with the Stars (in which he went on to join the cast) said the reason for the breakup was because “she was kind of stalkerish.”
Season 15: Brad Womack and Emily Maynard
Brad is back from Season 11. This time, he proposed to Emily Maynard. But… it didn’t last. She went on to become The Bachelorette but didn’t stay with that guy either. She met another man at church and married him, with whom she’s now expecting a child.
Season 16: Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson
Even though she was seen as the villain in this season, it was her that he still chose. While the show was airing, they broke up, then got engaged after the finale aired, and then broke up again – this time for good.
Season 17: Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici
Season 18: Juan Pablo Galavis and Nikki Ferrell
It was a no-proposal finale for this couple. After going back and forth, they eventually split because they “were wasting each other’s time.” One source said he was only staying with her to spite the haters who thought they would break up, and to promote himself.
Season 19: Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff
After proposing in the finale and a six-month engagement, this couple called it quits. He went on to join season 20 of Dancing with the Stars.
Season 20: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell
In a “Bachelor” first, Higgins told both remaining contestants “I love you” leading up to the season finale. But it was Lauren Bushnell that stole his heart and he proposed. After not being able to “agree on many life decisions,” the couple called it quits earlier this year.
Season 21: Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi
After four seasons of looking for love on the Bachelor franchise, Nick Viall has chosen Vanessa Grimaldi as the winner and his wife-to-be. The two are currently engaged.
So, what’s the score?
Not together: 19
It seems like finding true love is more difficult than simply winning a reality TV show.