As every fan knows very well by now, no season of The Bachelor, The Bachelorette or Bachelor in Paradise goes by without some love and a lot of heartbreak ending up on screen. While pretty much everyone who graces any of the shows has had their heart smashed into a million pieces on national television, it doesn’t mean that all is lost for them when it comes to finding love among the stars of Bachelor Nation. So, even if Chris Harrison doesn't get to officiate your wedding in front of millions, there's still hope!
Several people who have come away from one of the franchise series with no girlfriend / boyfriend / engagement to show for it, have actually been able to find their forever love off camera, but with someone who also left one of the shows without spotting their mate as the cameras rolled. Last year’s Bachelor in Paradise proved that plenty of hooking up goes on with Bachelor Nation stars, but here we have a list of seven couples who met outside of the shows, and some of them have even managed to go the distance! Let’s get to it!
Victoria Fuller and Chris Soules
Now, this is a new one, so you might not be up to date on what appears to be the newest couple from Bachelor Nation alumni. It was just last week when spoiler king Reality Steve told fans that Victoria Fuller (fresh from Peter Weber's messy season of The Bachelor) and Chris Soules (who first came to the franchise as a suitor to Andi Dorfman on her season of The Bachelorette in 2014), were "currently together in Iowa for the week." Soules owns a farm there, and while we have no idea how long they've been close enough for Victoria to head there for self-isolation, fans did notice that the two started following each other on social media in early April. Also? People are pointing to recent Instagram posts of farmland from each of them as proof that they really are an item. Time will tell whether or not this is real and if it can last, I suppose.
Kaitlyn Bristowe and Jason Tartick
Kaitlyn Bristowe made her first appearance in Bachelor Nation when she competed for Chris Soules’ affections on Season 19 of The Bachelor. Kaitlyn then went on to lead The Bachelorette in 2015, where she met and became engaged to Shawn Booth. While the relationship lasted for three years, it was not to be, and they split in November 2018. This led to Instagram messages between Kaitlyn and newly single Jason Tartick, who had tried for the hand of Becca Kufrin on The Bachelorette a few months prior (and whom many fans really wanted to be the next Bachelor). The two live together in Nashville and have two adopted dogs.
Elizabeth Kitt and Ty Brown
Elizabeth Kitt vied for Jake Pavelka’s heart on Season 14 of The Bachelor in 2010, while Ty Brown tried looking for love with Ali Fedotowsky on The Bachelorette that same year. After meeting at a charity event, though, Elizabeth and Ty began dating in 2013. They eventually got their happy ending and married in March of the following year and, after a long battle with infertility, the couple was finally able to welcome a daughter, named Blakely Elizabeth, to their family in April 2018.
Angela Amezcua and Clay Harbor
Angela Amezcua was first seen looking for love during Nick Viall’s 2017 Bachelor season and later headed to the beach for Bachelor in Paradise. While she didn’t find love there, she did connect off screen with Clay Harbor, who was one of Becca’s suitors the following year. The couple dated for eight months before Clay broke up with Angela, saying that he needed some alone time to figure himself out before being in a relationship. But, there was some notable tension between them when they met again on Paradise in 2019, with Clay being super annoyed that she showed up while knowing he was already there. As you might imagine, they did not find their way back to each other.
Peyton Wright and Chris Lambton
Peyton Wright found herself as a contestant on Andy Baldwin’s Bachelor season in 2007, but got dumped after a two-on-one date. Meanwhile, Chris Lambton made it to the final two during Ali’s Season 6 run as The Bachelorette, but she left him behind in the end. Chris was beloved enough by fans for producers to offer him the lead on the next season of The Bachelor, but he turned it down. Peyton and Chris didn’t meet until they were introduced at a Bachelor event in 2010. They married two years later, and have two young children: a daughter named Lyla, and a son, Hayes.
DeAnna Pappas and Stephen Stagliano
DeAnna Pappas led The Bachelorette in 2008 after being rejected by The Bachelor’s Brad Womack (along with the other woman who was in his final two). After her season, Pappas was engaged to Jesse Csincsak for a few months, before the couple broke up. Luckily, she was introduced to Stephen Stagliano by his brother, Michael, who had been on Jillian Harris’ 2009 Bachelorette season. The two hit it off, marrying on October 22, 2011 in Palmetto, Goergia. The couple recently celebrated their eighth wedding anniversary, and now have two children, daughter Addison and son Austin.
Ann Lueders and Jesse Csincsak
Ann Leuders took a shot at love when she romanced Jason Mesnick on his 2009 season of The Bachelor, but got sent home on night one. As mentioned above, Jesse got the final rose from DeAnna during her Bachelorette season, but called it quits on their engagement four months after the finale aired. Jesse began organizing Bachelor reunions twice a year, and in 2010 he got a group together for a cruise to Mexico, in the hopes of helping other Bachelor Nation alums who were still single find love. It certainly worked for him, because he met Ann on that very cruise. The couple married later that same year and now have three children, sons Noah and Carter, and daughter Charlotte.
There you have it! It's good to know that there's some proof that at least if going on The Bachelor, The Bachelorette or Bachelor in Paradise doesn't work that many of the leads and cast members can still find love among they fellow franchise denizens. Clare Crawley's 2020 time as The Bachelorette (Season 16) has been put on hold for now, but The Bachelor: Listen To Your Heart is still airing on ABC, Mondays at 8 p.m. EST. For more on what to watch, check out our 2020 Netflix guide and see what's coming to TV this summer!
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Covering The Witcher, Outlander, Virgin River, Sweet Magnolias and a slew of other streaming shows, Adrienne Jones is a Senior Content Producer at CinemaBlend, and started in the fall of 2015. In addition to writing and editing stories on a variety of different topics, she also spends her work days trying to find new ways to write about the many romantic entanglements that fictional characters find themselves in on TV shows. She graduated from Mizzou with a degree in Photojournalism.