Just when you think you have that very cringeworthy ending to Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s season of The Bachelor behind you, he tries to crawl his way back to TV.
According to a source at E! News, Luyendyk and his current bride-to-be Lauren Burnham are getting married before the year is up and want it to be televised.
"It's going to happen before the end of the year, if not sooner. They are still waiting to get confirmation from ABC for the TV special," the source said, "and are heavily pushing for this... Nothing has been locked in yet until they get the green light from ABC."
But why the rush? Is this really the best idea for a couple that began under such rocky circumstances? They’ve only been engaged for a couple of months, and don't forget Luyendyk was engaged to another woman when the year began.
Either way, the source claims taking things slowly isn't really in the cards. "Lauren and Arie are moving fast," the insider told E!. "They want everything to happen quickly and show the world how real their love is."
We'd be remiss if we didn't point out that this information is being shared by an anonymous source — Luyendyk, Burnham and ABC have yet to confirm any of it — but it is evident that they're pushing forward. Since the finale, the pair has appeared as a united front, and now, just a month later, Burnham is uprooting her life in Virginia to move in with Luyendyk in Arizona. The rush to the altar could be a very real thing.
So let's just go out on a limb here and assume they are planning a wedding and pushing for it to be on TV (because really, we could see it) — is getting married on TV ever a good idea, or are couples who tie the knot for everyone's viewing pleasure matrimonially cursed? Well, we compiled a list of reality stars who said I do on air, and you'd actually be surprised by the marriage success rate. Take a look:
That's 15 marriages still going strong out of 21. That's probably better than typical Hollywood marriage standards! We'll admit the results are completely surprising, but apparently tying the knot on TV is not the kiss of death. These marriage statuses don't lie.
So, it looks like only one question remains — are Luyendyk and Burnham really ready to pledge their lives to each other forever in front of a national audience? I guess we'll see.
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