ABC’s hit reality dating show, The Bachelor, premiered on March 25, 2002 — effectively redefining relationships and red roses for an entire generation of viewers. Since its premiere, the Bachelor franchise has evolved into what fans have dubbed “Bachelor Nation,” producing even more hit shows with its Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise spinoffs — and, of course, more than just one “most dramatic season ever.”
Along with all the scandalous love triangles, over-hyped fence jumps, and meme-able ugly cries, Bachelor Nation has also produced quite a few memorable couples. While the show doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to helping these hopeless romantics find their forever loves, there are a few couples who fell in love on our TV screens and have seemingly broken the disheartening Bachelor break-up curse. Here’s a look at what some of your favorite couples from Bachelor Nation are up to now — whether they’re planning their wedding, welcoming a new baby, or licking their break-up wounds.
Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney
Jason Mesnick completely changed the Bachelor game for good when he broke up with his final pick, Melissa Rycroft, on national television – only to declare his love for the woman he’d rejected during his season’s finale episode, Molly Malaney. Surprisingly, Malaney accepted his apology and the two rekindled their relationship immediately — which garnered Mesnick some serious backlash. Host Chris Harrison even called the single dad “the most hated man in America” during the whole ordeal (via The Chicago Tribune).
Luckily, the drama wasn’t all for naught. Mesnick and Malaney got married on February 27, 2010, in a rain-soaked ceremony that was later televised on ABC — you know, the place where it all began. While they still sometimes make onscreen appearances for the Bachelor franchise, the Mesnicks live pretty normal lives away from the cameras with their two children, Ty (Jason’s son from a previous marriage), and their daughter, Riley Anne. And while recent Bachelor alums have taken to the Instagram influencer lifestyle, these two opted to forge their own paths. Jason works as an associate real estate broker for Compass, and Molly is a radio personality for Seattle’s 106.1 KISS FM.
Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici
January 2019 marked five years of marriage for Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici-Lowe, who met during Lowe’s run as Bachelor for the show’s 17th season. Five years of marriage is quite a feat, especially for Bachelor Nation lovebirds.
The couple credits their marriage’s success to distancing themselves from the franchise. “We don’t do a lot of the Bachelor reunions and go and meet up — that’s just not us. We live our own life and do our own thing, so we don’t really feel that pressure and that’s the way we like it,” Lowe revealed to Entertainment Tonight. Fellow Bachelor couples should certainly take a leaf from the Lowes’ book, as the two obviously know what they’re doing. The happily married couple welcomed their first child, Samuel, in July 2016, and their second son, Isaiah, was born in May 2018.
In addition to being a father of two, Lowe launched a new dating app in August 2018 called Vouch. According to a press release, the app is designed to “bring your friends — both single and taken — back into the dating process.” Hey, if it’s Lowe-approved, it’s worth a shot!
Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham
Jason Mesnick’s televised switch-a-roo paved the way for the shocking twist that came at the end of Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s Bachelor season. Though the race car driver proposed to Becca Kufrin during the season finale, the After the Final Rose special revealed Luyendyk Jr. had since experienced a change of heart — which led to him ending his engagement to Kufrin and asking his runner-up, Lauren Burnham, for a second chance. Of course, every bit of the drama was broadcast across the nation, and Luyendyk Jr. found himself the object of many fans’ anger for the way he dumped the blindsided Kufrin with a camera crew in tow.
While plenty of folks (including Kelly Ripa) had doubts these two could make a relationship work, Luyendyk Jr. and Burnham seem to have proved all the haters wrong. The two exchanged vows in a January 2019 Hawaiian wedding, two months after announcing Burnham’s pregnancy. On May 29, 2019, the Luyendyks welcomed their first child, Alessi Ren Luyendyk. Lauren captioned a photo of the newborn, “She is sweet, calm, and [Arie] and I could not be more in love with her.”
Becca Kufrin and Garrett Yrigoyen
Becca Kufrin was given a second chance at finding true love on reality television when ABC announced she’d be stepping into the leading lady role for the next season of The Bachelorette. Viewers witnessed Kufrin meet a bevy of eligible men during her season’s premiere episode, and the Minnesota native eventually gifted the lauded first impression rose to Garrett Yrigoyen. While Yrigoyen immediately established himself as an obvious early frontrunner, Bachelor Nation was buzzing with controversy surrounding certain images the contestant had previously liked on Instagram — many of which fans felt were bigoted. Yrigoyen issued an apology on Instagram, writing (via E! News), “I did not mean any harm. …My Instagram ‘likes’ were not a true reflection of me and my morals.”
Kufrin’s season ended with the Bachelorette happily accepting a proposal from Yrigoyen, and the two are still going strong at the time of publishing — however, don’t expect a wedding anytime soon. “No weddings plans, no dates,” Kufrin told People in May 2019. “We’re kind of just playing it by ear and taking it day by day. We literally just figured out where we want to live and moved in together!”
Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth
After months of speculation surrounding their 2015 engagement on The Bachelorette, fan favorites Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth confirmed they’d split after three years together in a November 2018 announcement via People. Though Booth was reportedly spotted getting cozy with WWE announcer Charly Arnolt a month after the announcement, he admitted in a January 2019 interview on the Almost Famous podcast (via People) that he was struggling to move on from his ex-fiancé. “Not only were we engaged, but it was like, man, I lost my best friend too,” Booth revealed. “We were this team and we got through a lot of stuff together but then just in an instant it’s all gone.”
While Booth may still be feeling the breakup blues, Bristowe is seemingly thriving post-split. She and Season 14 Bachelorette contestant Jason Tartick confirmed their relationship in January 2019 — and in May, Bristowe announced on her Off the Vine podcast (via People) that the two were moving in together. “I can’t wait to see what things you do that drive me nuts,” the former Bachelorette joked.
Rachel Lindsay and Bryan Abasolo
Rachel Lindsay, the franchise’s first African American Bachelorette, accepted a proposal from Bryan Abasolo during The Bachelorette’s 13th season finale. After a year of being engaged with no announcement of potential plans for a wedding, Lindsay and Abasolo revealed to People that they were waiting for ABC to approach them about having a televised wedding — something they felt they owed to their fans.
While the couple may have wanted to reward their loyal following with a televised wedding special, ABC had other plans — and unfortunately for these two, those plans did not include a TV wedding.
“Now I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I have to plan this myself.’ And I’ve never been the girl who wanted to plan this huge major wedding,” Lindsay revealed in a December 2018 People interview. However, only a month later, Lindsay revealed they’d settled on an undisclosed “summer 2019” wedding date — and by May, the couple had chosen wedding bands and were counting down the days until the ceremony.
“I am excited to make this official, excited to call Bryan my husband, and excited to put a ring on his finger,” Lindsay told People.
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