As we breathlessly await the premiere of Clare Crawley’s season of The Bachelorette, it’s safe to say that viewers have no idea what’s in store. Best case scenario, Clare and (SPOILER) early hit contestant Dale Moss will end up as one of the Bachelor couples that makes it down the aisle and beyond. But of course, longtime Bachelor and Bachelorette viewers know a love story isn’t guaranteed. Each season is expected to end with a proposal, but how many of those Bachelor and Bachelorette couples are still together?
The success rate of these relationships is low — but not as low as you might think. Between The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and Bachelor in Paradise, there are quite a few couples still happily together to this day. If you want to be really cynical about it, that might have something to do with the incentives in place for Bachelor couples to stay together — like the two-year marker that guarantees they get to hang to their Neil Lane engagement rings, or the promise of a fully-funded, on-air wedding to score even more reality fame, an option taken by couples like Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney, or Tanner Tolbert and Jade Roper.
But many couples genuinely credit the franchise with helping them find their person and have even started families with their Bachelor S.O. Catherine Giudici and Sean Lowe, Carly Waddell and Evan Bass, Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham, and more have all welcomed Bachelor Nation babies. These couples often return to the franchise to encourage the current contestants that it is possible to find lasting love on the show — even if you have to try more than once.
In the end, it’s still a small percentage of these relationships that work out. But hey! Dating is tricky however you do it, and we’re just happy these couples found each other.