6 Bachelor & Bachelorette Contestants Who Didn’t Need TV To Find Eternal Love
While Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants enter the show hoping to find eternal love, these contestants proved that reality TV might not be the end all be all for their love life.
The show has brought many couples together, whether it be a fleeting romance or everlasting love. The most recent success story is Clare Crawley and contestant Dale Moss, but their story has yet to full unfold.
However, these following Bachelor alums seem to be luckier off-air as they enjoy their happy, healthy, and more private relationships.
One of the most notorious alums, Wells Adams, has been doing just fine without the Bachelor franchise’s help.
After the 39-year-old competed on season 12 for JoJo Fletcher’s heart, he got a job as the bartender for Bachelor in Paradise, where he proved to be one of the most entertaining parts of the drama-filled reality show with this hilarious commentary and quick banter.
US broke the news in 2017 that Adams had been seeing Modern Family actress, Sarah Hyland, for months after he slid into the 29-year-old’s DMs.
Hyland described his move as the perfect balance of “sexy,” but not “aggressive.”
The adorable couple moved in together in 2018 and have been happily enjoying their one-on-one time in quarantine. 39-year-old Adams popped the question in Fiji last July.
They just recently celebrated what would have been their wedding day with a romantic and adorable photoshoot at a vineyard wearing Mr. and Mrs. masks.
The Geek Charming actress explained during a recent interview with PEOPLE,” we postponed wedding planning because we want to be able to focus on what’s important right now, and that’s helping to spread information to wear masks and to only go out for essential needs and also take a really big look inside yourself and reflect on how you treat others.”
Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon
Where two contestants became one! The two met on Bachelor in Paradise but did not get the happy ending they were hoping for at the time. By the end of their season, 31-year-old Haibon did not share the strong feelings that 32-year-old Iaconetti had for him, so he decided to call it quits.
While the pair remained good friends after their season, Haibon realized he was actually in love with Iaconetti. After her most recent split from Bachelor Winter Games co-star, Kevin Wendt, the lovestruck Haibon wrote Iaconetti a heartwarming letter confessing his love.
On August 11, 2019, the friends turned lovers finally had their happy ending and got married in Newport, Rhode Island.
The reality star recently shared photos of their wedding day to celebrate their one year anniversary on Instagram.
She captioned the photo: “Now every night I think another precious day has gone by with my love. I don’t think personally life can get any better than it is now for us and I’m grateful for it every day. I love being in our comforting, supportive, playful, loving marriage. Happy anniversary my forever love, @jaredhaibon.”
Kacie Boguskie first joined The Bachelor to compete for Sean Lowe’s heart and made her second debut on Ben Flajnik’s season, before ditching the franchise and trying to find love beyond the show.
After the 33-year-old struck out twice on The Bachelor, she met her current husband, Rusty Gaston, a music executive, in 2012 while they were both out for an evening with friends at the same restaurant.
The happily married couple are now proud parents of two beautiful children, son Ranger and daughter Everly, who she frequently posts about on Instagram.
Boguskie is a motherhood & lifestyle blogger who often posts her thoughts, feelings, appreciation, and struggles with motherhood during quarantine time.
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Another Bachelor nation favorite! After Ben Higgins had given his final rose to Lauren Bushnell, their engagement ended, leaving the 31-year-old in pieces. While he tried another shot at love during the Winter Games, he explained he ultimately wasn’t ready to put himself out there again.
Just like Bachelor alum Wells Adams, Higgins chose to romantically shoot his shot by sliding into a girl’s DMs.
Higgins was scrolling through Instagram when he found Jessica Clarke’s account. He explained in 2019 on he and Iaconetti’s Almost Famous podcast: "I saw this picture and I said, 'Holy cow. This girl is gorgeous.'"
A few months later, he found the courage to reach out to the Mississippi grad and wrote, “Don't ask too much about how I saw your profile. I can explain later but if you're single, please message back.'"
The two are now happily in love often posting each other with smiles and cute captions. The season 20 Bachelor recently shared with his 1.3M followers an adorable post of the pair smiling for his girlfriend’s 25th birthday with Clarke’s arms wrapped around her man.
Melissa Rycroft-Strickland, the Texas-born reality star was one of the less fortunate winners on her season of The Bachelor. After winning over bachelor Jason Mesnick, he confessed that he was still in love with runner-up Molly Malaney in the final after show.
Despite the public humiliation, the reality star turned out better than ever. She married her ex Tye Strickland, who she now shares three children with.
Last week, Strickland posted a photo on Instagram of her and her husband, telling her followers to enjoy The Bachelor Greatest Seasons Ever captioning: “Considering what is about to air tomorrow, let me just say: I am SOOO glad that it happened - all of it! I wouldn’t be with this guy, I wouldn’t have my babies, I wouldn’t have my career, and I wouldn’t be who I am today if it hadn’t happened - even the way it happened. It was totally embarrassing, but totally worth it. Enjoy #thebachelorGOAT tomorrow....”
Let’s see if the new Bachelorette, Tayshia Adams, will be able to find her everlasting love on season 16 of The Bachelorette.