According to The Bachelorette spoilers, this season’s leading lady, Katie Thurston, has already found the one!
But as far as finding lasting love after the show?
Well, let’s just say she has her work cut out.
Last season, if you recall, Clare Crawley was replaced by Tayshia Adams, who finished the job doling out roses.
Results were mixed. Tayshia and Zac Clark are engaged, while Clare and Dale Moss may be back together.
And this was a better year than most. It’s just hard to bank on a romance stemming from a reality TV show.
Why? It’s just the nature of the beast, honestly.
If Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum split, after starting a beautiful family together, that’s all you need to know.
Even in the best circumstances, it’s tough.
This is a dating competition throwing two people together under a pretense that is literally impossible to sustain.
Can they transition into real life, establish a new normal and make it work? Sure, but often times, they fall short.
Which stars made their true love last?
Which ones fell in love so hard, yet flamed out so hilariously fast you can barely even call it a relationship?
And what about everyone in between?
We’ve ranked the Bachelorette stars based on who was most successful at finding love in her stint as queen.
See how they stack up from worst to first, and see if Katie can still succeed where others failed …
Our most recent Bachelorette, Hannah Brown a.k.a. Hannah Beast a.k.a. Alabama Hannah a.k.a. Beast Mode, comes in first, or last, depending on your point of view. Hannah got engaged to Jed Wyatt on The Bachelorette, but that was over by the time we got to the After the Final Rose special, at which point she asked out runner-up Tyler Cameron. (That short-lived romance fizzled also.) Hopefully Clare can clear this very low bar.
Bachelorette Jen Schefft broke up with winner Jerry Ferris on the After the Rose special because she just “wasn’t feeling it.” Not even making it to the day after the finale? As we saw with Hannah Brown, Jen set a low bar set for everyone else at least.
Katie Thurston (and Michelle Young)
Katie’s season is underway, with Michelle’s season allegedly to follow. (It’s unclear how that’s going to work schedule-wise.) In any case, the dynamic duo of 2021 would be wise to lower their expectations for The Bachelorette. We know Katie gets engaged at the end of her season, but that as a harbinger of long term love is iffy at best. On the flip side, it would be almost literally impossible for their journeys to crash and burn harder than what we saw with Hannah and Jen, so let’s take the glass half full attitude for now. Good luck to these lovely ladies!
Emily Maynard and Jef Holm broke up just a few months after his proposal in 2012. He was never the right guy anyway. Should’ve picked Sean Lowe. Not that she or Sean (who is happily married to Catherine Giudici, who he met on The Bachelor) are overthinking it right now. Sean and Catherine are about as happy as a couple can be, while Emily has since married and had a bunch of kids with Tyler Johnson.
Andi Dorfman found love with Josh Murray on The Bachelorette, a move that she seemed destined to make from the start despite a lot of red flags. The heart wants what it wants, we suppose … including breakups. Unfortunately, their engagement ended after only six months or so.
DeAnna Pappas and Jesse Csincsak broke up seven months after their finale aired. Silver linings: Her journey introduced us to Jason Mesnick, one of the more popular contestants in franchise history, and DeAnna went on to marry Stephen Stagliano, a high school teacher and the twin brother of former Bachelorette contestant Mike Stagliano!
Meredith Phillips, the second Bachelorette, chose Ian McKee as her groom. The two broke less than a year later, with little fanfare.
Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski broke up one year after their finale aired. Swiderski, by all accounts a total horndog who cheated on Jillian after and even during the show (he excused himself for “work” only to return later and clinch the final rose), later appeared on Bachelor Pad, where he continued to be a horndog. Jillian went on to appear on HGTV’s Love it or List it Too.
Clare and Dale knew each other for about two weeks … then got engaged … and then broke up a few months later. So sad. According to sources, Crawley wanted to live in Sacramento and Moss was content in New York City and they could not come to an agreement over how to handle the long distance relationship. File that under shocking, yet not at all. There have also been a number of allegations re: Moss’ cheating, although it’s unclear whether those reports have merit, as well as how and when the couple actually broke up. It’s worth noting that today, almost a year after her pandemic-driven season, there have been numerous reports of the couple reconciling, so perhaps Clare has the opportunity to vault to the top of this list.
Tayshia Adams and Zac Clark are still engaged and head over heels in love. Nothing is guaranteed, but as far as flaming out as fast as some of the mismatches we’ve seen on this franchise, well, they’ve passed that test already. It’s been a solid 9-10 months or so since they met on the show, and hopefully, they’ll be a lot higher on this list as their relationship grows over time.
Ali Fedotowsky and Roberto Martinez made out a lot. Then they made it one year and three months before going their separate ways. Pretty decent compared to some Bachelor flame-outs.
Haters and recurring breakup rumors be damned, Kaitlyn Bristowe and final rose recipient Shawn Booth lasted three whole years … which is a long time for any relationship. Then they broke up in November 2018.
Until August 2020, Becca and Garrett were one of six Bachelorette couples still together. Now we’re down to five, or a 33.3% success rate (5/15), not including Clare or Tayshia. While they outlasted skeptics’ predictions, and seemed happy as clams for two years, there were just too many differing world views and life choices to overcome for Barrett/Gecca.
Ashley and J.P. Rosenbaum got engaged in 2011 and married in 2012 in a special that aired on ABC. They were married and living happily ever after, through thick and thin, or so we thought, until they blindsided Bachelor Nation with the announcement of their impending divorce in October 2020. The parents of two remain a huge success story for the show, albeit a sobering reminder that even nine-year relationships aren’t destined to succeed forever.
She’s still engaged to Jordan Rodgers and sure seems happy about it, all these years later, despite many of their critics assuming this relationship was DOA. Still no wedding, but the joke is most definitely on those of us assuming that these two would be over by the time tabloids moved on to the next season. Not so at all.
The long-term love game appears to be a reality for Rachel Lindsay, who went public with fiancee Bryan Abasolo following the Season 13 finale two years ago. They’ve been going strong ever since their season came to an end, and got married in the summer of 2019! Congrats!
Desiree Hartsock, after famously settling for her second choice on The Bachelorette, Chris Siegfried, proved that nice guys do in fact finish first. They went on to make a successful relationship happen, no matter how unlikely that seemed on ABC. Sometimes when one door closes, a better one opens. They’re married as of 2015 and have a family together!
Trista Sutter, the OB (ehhh, that’s original Bachelorette), wins this one by a long shot! She and hubby Ryan Sutter have been married for almost 15 years. Fifteen! The first-ever Bachelorette makes for an unbeatable standard-bearer in terms of pure longevity.