WINNING ‘BACHELOR’ COUPLES: Where are they now?

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It’s hard to believe, but “The Bachelor” has been on the air for 15 years.

But when the show first launched in 2002, no one knew it was going to last this long. It was critiqued for throwing personal relationships into the public eye and allowing one man to date multiple women at once.

Despite that, the show has become one of ABC’s best-performing reality series, and has produced multiple spinoffs like “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise.”

And though there’s been plenty of seasons, the majority of contestants aren’t with the winner they fell in love with over the course of a few months. 

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SEASON 1: Management consultant Alex Michel picked Amanda Marsh, but didn’t propose.

SEASON 1: Management consultant Alex Michel picked Amanda Marsh, but didn't propose.

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The two dated for a nearly a year before Marsh broke up with him after reportedly learning he was keeping in touch with runner-up Trista Rehn.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Michel later became a spokesperson for Match.com as well as for Princess Cruises. Today he lives in Washington, DC, and works as a consultant.

Source: PRnewswire, PR Newswire, and LinkedIn

Marsh married her childhood friend Jay Caldwell and lives in Chanute, Kansas, with their daughter Chloe. She works as a registered nurse.

Marsh married her childhood friend Jay Caldwell and lives in Chanute, Kansas, with their daughter Chloe. She works as a registered nurse.

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Source: People

SEASON 2: VP of family-owned bank and restaurant owner Aaron Buerge and Helene Eksterowicz were engaged until five weeks after the finale when Eksterowicz says she was “dumped at a Starbucks.”

SEASON 2: VP of family-owned bank and restaurant owner Aaron Buerge and Helene Eksterowicz were engaged until five weeks after the finale when Eksterowicz says she was

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Source: People

Buerge later married again in 2009. Two years later, he declared bankruptcy, for which he was accused of fraud and his restaurants were shut down.

He’s currently raising his daughter and working in his family’s chain of bank companies in Missouri.

Source: PeopleRadar Online, and LinkedIn

Eksterowicz is a school psychologist and married Andrew Goodman in 2013. The pair now have a son together, and live in New Jersey.

Source: People, LinkedIn

SEASON 3: Sales manager of the Firestone Family Estates, Andrew Firestone proposed to Jen Schefft, but the two broke up a few months later.

SEASON 3: Sales manager of the Firestone Family Estates, Andrew Firestone proposed to Jen Schefft, but the two broke up a few months later.

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Source: Reality TV World

Firestone later married actress Ivana Bozilovic. The pair now have three children.

Firestone later married actress Ivana Bozilovic. The pair now have three children.

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Source: Us Magazine

Jen Schefft went on to star as ABC’s “Bachelorette.” She didn’t end up finding love, but later married a trader named Joe Waterman in 2009.

Jen Schefft went on to star as ABC's

Schefft starred in a Suave Beauty commercial in 2014.Suave Beauty/Twitter

Together they have two daughters. You can read more about her story here.

Source: People and Twitter

SEASON 4: Mortgage company creator Bob Guiney gave a promise ring to Estella Gardinier, but the two separated soon after the finale aired.

SEASON 4: Mortgage company creator Bob Guiney gave a promise ring to Estella Gardinier, but the two separated soon after the finale aired.

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Source: Us Weekly

Guiney was later married to ABC’s soap actress Rebecca Budig before divorcing in 2010. He married Jessica Canyon in 2016, and continues to appear as a TV personality.

Guiney was later married to ABC's soap actress Rebecca Budig before divorcing in 2010. He married Jessica Canyon in 2016, and continues to appear as a TV personality.

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Source: Us Weekly

Gardinier works as a fitness instructor at CORE40 Studios and is the founder of a wellness program called Project Love You. She lives in California.

Source: LinkedIn, Project Love You

SEASON 5: Former NFL Giants quarterback Jesse Palmer and Jessica Bowlin were never engaged. They broke up shortly after the show’s end.

SEASON 5: Former NFL Giants quarterback Jesse Palmer and Jessica Bowlin were never engaged. They broke up shortly after the show's end.

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Source: Reality TV World

Putting his football knowledge to good use, Palmer became a football analyst for ABC and ESPN. He has appeared on “The Chew,” “Rachael Ray,” and “Good Morning America.”

Putting his football knowledge to good use, Palmer became a football analyst for ABC and ESPN. He has appeared on

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He even appeared in a “Law & Order: SVU” episode.

Sources: IMDb

Jessica graduated from East Carolina University and Chapman University Law School and passed the State Bar of California in 2007. She remarried, is now an attorney, and has two children.

Jessica graduated from East Carolina University and Chapman University Law School and passed the State Bar of California in 2007. She remarried, is now an attorney, and has two children.

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Source: Popsugar and Instagram

SEASON 6: Pro Bass fisherman Byron Velvick and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleader Mary Delgado called off their engagement five years after meeting on “The Bachelor.”

SEASON 6: Pro Bass fisherman Byron Velvick and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleader Mary Delgado called off their engagement five years after meeting on

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Source: Us Weekly

Velvick married a hospice owner named Belinda and the pair now have a daughter together. Velvick became known as a professional bass angler post-“Bachelor,” but will be retiring this year.

Velvick married a hospice owner named Belinda and the pair now have a daughter together. Velvick became known as a professional bass angler post-

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Source: Gazette Review

Mary Delgado has had some trouble with the law, and was arrested for public intoxication, a DUI, as well as allegedly punching Velvick.

Now she’s a real estate broker. Delgado married her husband James Kordomenos in Cuba.

Source: ABC NewsTampa Bay and TBO.com

SEASON 7: Actor Charlie O’Connell (“Dude, Where’s My Car?”) and Sarah Brice dated on and off before breaking up for good in 2010.

SEASON 7: Actor Charlie O'Connell (

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Source: People

O’Connell has acted in a few television series since “The Bachelor.” His most recent film was 2014’s international release “Sex, Marriage and Infidelity” about a CEO who starts an office romance.

O'Connell has acted in a few television series since

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Source: IMDB, Huffmovie

Brice is now married and the mother of three boys. She’s also the co-owner of event company All Out Celebrations, which sells boxes for things like family game night to a summer survival kit.

SEASON 8: Doctor Travis Stork and Sarah Stone broke up after the season finale aired.

SEASON 8: Doctor Travis Stork and Sarah Stone broke up after the season finale aired.

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Source: Reality TV World

Stork was a medical expert on “Dr. Phil” before becoming a co-host on the talk show “The Doctors.” He married pediatrician Charlotte Brown in 2012, but the pair later divorced in 2015.

Stork was a medical expert on

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Source: People and Entertainment Tonight

Sarah Stone (now Sarah Stone Smith) became a real-estate agent in Nashville after the show. She and her husband have two young daughters.

Sarah Stone (now Sarah Stone Smith) became a real-estate agent in Nashville after the show. She and her husband have two young daughters.

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Source: Pop Sugar

SEASON 9: Cosmetics entrepreneur Prince Lorenzo Borghese and Jennifer Wilson never got engaged, but the two dated before breaking up several months after the show ended.

SEASON 9: Cosmetics entrepreneur Prince Lorenzo Borghese and Jennifer Wilson never got engaged, but the two dated before breaking up several months after the show ended.

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Source: Reality TV World

Wilson married an accountant named Lee Gerschutz, and according to Pop Sugar, they live in South Florida.

Wilson married an accountant named Lee Gerschutz, and according to Pop Sugar, they live in South Florida.

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Source: Pop Sugar

SEASON 10: US Naval Officer doctor Andrew Baldwin was engaged to Tessa Horst for a few months before calling it off.

SEASON 10: US Naval Officer doctor Andrew Baldwin was engaged to Tessa Horst for a few months before calling it off.

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Baldwin has competed in the All-Navy triathlon team five times, appeared on the premiere of “Top Chef,” and does frequent charity work. In 2015, he represented the Challenge Family Triathlons.

Source: Gazette Review

Horst got married to Tom Pickard in 2013 and is an infant development and early childhood therapist. She still lives in San Francisco.

Source: Pickard LCSW

SEASON 11: Bar owner Brad Womack was the first bachelor to leave two women in tears when he didn’t choose either Deanna Pappas or Jenni Croft.

Source: ABC

Womack returned as the Bachelor of season 15. However, he didn’t find love this time either. After a few months together, he and Emily Maynard broke up.

Today, Womack is a virtual ghost and has no social media accounts.

Deanna Pappas was tapped to become the fourth ever “Bachelorette.” Though she didn’t find love there, she later married Stephen Stagliano, the twin brother of another “Bachelorette” cast member, Michael Stagliano.

Deanna Pappas was tapped to become the fourth ever

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They have two children together.

Source: People

SEASON 12: Global financier Matt Grant became engaged to actress Shayne Lamas, but the two parted ways five months later.

SEASON 12: Global financier Matt Grant became engaged to actress Shayne Lamas, but the two parted ways five months later.

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Grant is a sales and marketing director for Kafoodle, an app that helps people with allergies, and lives in London.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

Lamas later married Nik Richie, the founder of gossip website TheDirty.com. They have two children together: a daughter who Lamas gave birth to and a son who her stepmother carried as a surrogate.

Lamas later married Nik Richie, the founder of gossip website TheDirty.com. They have two children together: a daughter who Lamas gave birth to and a son who her stepmother carried as a surrogate.

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Source: Us Weekly

SEASON 13: Account executive Jason Mesnick proposed to Melissa Rycroft but later changed his mind. He withdrew his proposal, and later married runner-up Molly Malaney.

SEASON 13: Account executive Jason Mesnick proposed to Melissa Rycroft but later changed his mind. He withdrew his proposal, and later married runner-up Molly Malaney.

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Mesnick and Malaney married in 2010 on an ABC “Bachelor” special. They have two children together.

Mesnick and Malaney married in 2010 on an ABC

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Source: Pop Sugar and Instagram

Rycroft competed on “Dancing with the Stars,” and later married Tye Strickland. The couple have three children together.

Rycroft competed on

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Source: E! Online

SEASON 14: Pilot Jake Pavelka starred in the aptly titled season “The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love.” He proposed to Vienna Girardi before a messy breakup.

SEASON 14: Pilot Jake Pavelka starred in the aptly titled season

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Source: E! Online

Pavelka went on to star in five more reality series, from ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” and “Bachelor Pad” to VH1’s “Famous Food.” He has also guest-starred on “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

Pavelka went on to star in five more reality series, from ABC's

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And yes, he’s still a pilot. You can follow him on Instagram here.

Source: Us Magazine

Girardi accepted a proposal from Todd Allen, a race car driver from Orlando, where they now live together.

Girardi accepted a proposal from Todd Allen, a race car driver from Orlando, where they now live together.

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Source: The Daily Mail

SEASON 15: Brad Womack returned again, choosing children’s hospital event planner and single mother Emily Maynard, but failed to end up married.

SEASON 15: Brad Womack returned again, choosing children's hospital event planner and single mother Emily Maynard, but failed to end up married.

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Source: Hollywood Life

Maynard is now married to automotive management consultant Tyler Johnson. The couple welcomed a son in July 2015 and another son in 2016.

Maynard is now married to automotive management consultant Tyler Johnson. The couple welcomed a son in July 2015 and another son in 2016.

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You can read more about her journey here.

Source: E! Online

SEASON 16: Winemaker Ben Flajnik and model Courtney Robertson broke up while the show was airing, then got back together and became engaged before ultimately calling off their wedding.

SEASON 16: Winemaker Ben Flajnik and model Courtney Robertson broke up while the show was airing, then got back together and became engaged before ultimately calling off their wedding.

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Source: Huffington Post

Flajnik has a brand of wine called Fernet Francisco and is currently dating. He lives in San Francisco.

Flajnik has a brand of wine called Fernet Francisco and is currently dating. He lives in San Francisco.

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Source: Instagram and Fernet Francisco

Robertson wrote a memoir, “I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends,” about her time on the show. She currently lives in California.

Robertson wrote a memoir,

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You can buy her book on Amazon.

Source: Instagram

SEASON 17: Entrepreneur Sean Lowe proposed to graphic designer Catherine Giudici. The two married in 2014.

SEASON 17: Entrepreneur Sean Lowe proposed to graphic designer Catherine Giudici. The two married in 2014.

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Source: People

Lowe released a memoir, “For All the Right Reasons,” and has appeared on a bunch of reality shows, including “Dancing with the Stars” and “Celebrity Wife Swap.” Lowe and Giudici have a son.

Lowe released a memoir,

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 Source: IMDb and Instagram

SEASON 18: Former pro soccer player Juan Pablo Galavis didn’t propose to Nikki Ferrell. The two dated for a long time, even appearing on “Couples Therapy,” before ending their relationship late in 2014.

SEASON 18: Former pro soccer player Juan Pablo Galavis didn't propose to Nikki Ferrell. The two dated for a long time, even appearing on

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Source: Cosmopolitan

Galavis keeps a low profile as a sports and music consultant, but recently told People that he’s dating Venezuelan model and TV host Osmariel Villalobos.

Source: People

Ferrel recently got married to sales executive Tyler Vanloo. She’s a pediatric nurse and currently lives in Kansas City.

Source: Us Weekly

SEASON 19: Iowa farmer Chris Soules got engaged to fertility nurse Whitney Bischoff.

SEASON 19: Iowa farmer Chris Soules got engaged to fertility nurse Whitney Bischoff.

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Source: The Daily Mail

Soules is still a farmer and continues to make appearances in “The Bachelor” franchise. He is currently using his fame to partner with No Kid Hungry and Farmland Foods to help feed kids in need.

Soules is still a farmer and continues to make appearances in

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 Source: Cosmopolitan

Bischoff is engaged to Ricky Angel, a regional sales manager. They currently live in Chicago together.

Bischoff is engaged to Ricky Angel, a regional sales manager. They currently live in Chicago together.

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Source: Us Weekly and LinkedIn

SEASON 20: Business analyst Ben Higgins proposed to flight attendant Lauren Bushnell.

SEASON 20: Business analyst Ben Higgins proposed to flight attendant Lauren Bushnell.

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Higgins and Bushnell starred in their own reality show “Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After?” which followed their decision to get married. The pair officially split in May 2017.

Higgins and Bushnell starred in their own reality show

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Source: INSIDER

SEASON 21: Former “Bachelorette” runner-up — not once but twice — Nick Viall proposed in 2017 to special education teacher Vanessa Grimaldi.

SEASON 21: Former

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The pair are still together as of the “After the Final Rose” ABC special.

The pair are still together as of the

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