It’s tough for anyone to put their life on hold for three months and go film a reality show. But it’s especially tough for single parents, who have to deal with setting up childcare (and, you know, missing their kids). Nonetheless, many contestants on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette (not to mention Bachelor in Paradise) braved it, setting out on their quest for love with a kid at home. As fans eagerly campaign for older men and single dads to apply for new Bachelorette Clare Crawley’s season, we took a look at all the single parents who have gone on the Bachelor and Bachelorette in years past.
Of course, many contestants from Bachelor Nation over the years have since become parents — but these are the contestants who came on the show as a single parent looking for love.
Juan Pablo Galavis
Juan Pablo Galavis was the star of The Bachelor in 2014. In 2009, he and ex-girlfriend Carla Rodriguez welcomed daughter Camila, who was around five years old while Juan Pablo was filming.
Emily Maynard’s daughter Ricki was around five years old when she was a contestant on Brad Womack’s season of The Bachelor, and around seven years old when she was filming her own season of The Bachelorette in 2012. For The Bachelorette, Emily insisted that the season film in Charlotte, North Carolina (instead of Los Angeles) so Maynard could be close to her daughter and father-in-law.
Since The Bachelorette, she’s had three more kids with husband Tyler Johnson: Gatlin Avery, Gibson Kyle, and Jennings Tyler.
When Jason Mesnick was a contestant on DeAnna Pappas’s season of The Bachelorette, his son Tyler was around three years old. A year later, Jason filmed his own Bachelor season. Mesnick has since welcomed a second child with new wife Molly (who, yes, he met on The Bachelor): daughter Riley Anne.
Amanda Stanton was a contestant on Ben Higgins’s season of The Bachelor, and introduced her daughters Charlie and Kinsley to Ben before being sent home. She then appeared on Season 3 and Season 4 of Bachelor in Paradise, briefly getting engaged to Josh Murray.
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Chelsea Roy went on Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s season of The Bachelor looking for love, with son Sammy (around three years old) at home. She then went on Season 5 of Bachelor in Paradise, but left alone.
Evan Bass had three sons when he went on JoJo Fletcher’s season of The Bachelorette: Ensley, Liam and Nathan. He later went on Bachelor in Paradise, where he met his current wife Carly Waddell. They’ve since welcomed two more kids: son Charlie Wolf, and daughter Bella.
Wrestler Kenny King won over fans’ hearts on Rachel Lindsay’s season of The Bachelorette, ultimately leaving the show early to go see his daughter Makenzi’s dance recital. He went on Bachelor in Paradise too, but left early again to be with his daughter.
Renee Oteri went on Juan Pablo Galavis’s season of The Bachelor in 2014, when her son Ben was around eight years old. She’s since married her high school sweetheart Bracy Maynard and had two more sons, Jaxon and Alex Jay.
Juelia Kinney went on Chris Soules’s season of The Bachelorette as a single mom to daughter Ireland. She’s since gone on Bachelor in Paradise, which she left early, and then gotten engaged to Aaron Bass — the brother of Bachelor Nation’s Evan Bass!
Ben Scott went on Desiree Hartsock’s season of The Bachelorette, and immediately became known as the guy who brought his 4-year-old son Brody to the first rose ceremony. He was ultimately eliminated and went on to Bachelor in Paradise, but left in Week 2.
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