While some roses stand the test of time, others wilt before the Neil Lane engagement ring can be resized.
The Bachelor premiered on ABC in March 2002 with Alex Michel dubbed the world’s most eligible Bachelor. More than 20 women competed for his heart and one of the most successful reality TV franchises was born. The following year, The Bachelorette debuted. Since the show’s initial premiere in 2002, 35 men and women have been named the Bachelor or Bachelorette. (Brad Womack remains the only star to lead the series more than once!)
As of January 2019, approximately 34 percent of the former stars are currently married to someone who they did not meet on the show, 29 percent are still single, 17 percent are married to their significant other from the series, 8.5 percent are engaged to the winner from their season, 8.5 percent are in a relationship with someone not from the franchise and 3 percent have gotten divorced from someone outside the franchise.
Scroll through for an update on every Bachelor and Bachelorette lead:
Alex has kept a low-profile since starring as the very first Bachelor in 2002. After giving his final rose to Amanda Marsh in the finale — and opting not to propose — the pair went their separate ways after several months of dating. He currently resides in New York City, works as a media industry executive and appears to be single.
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After popping the question to Helene Eksterowicz during the season 2 finale of The Bachelor in 2002, the twosome called it quits weeks after the last episode aired. Nearly seven years later, Aaron married Angye McIntosh in August 2009. They share a daughter named Aven.
“My wife Angye and our two younger daughters live in Springfield, Missouri. Our oldest daughter lives in Kansas City. This has definitely been a busy year for us!” Aaron tells Us exclusively. “We just finished building our home and merged our family owned bank with Legacy Bank and Trust here in Springfield. We have been incredibly blessed. I continue to remain out of the ‘spotlight’ and continue to focus on my career and family life. I appreciate and cherish the memories I have from my days on The Bachelor. Subsequently, I have had the opportunity to take part in some things I wouldn’t have gotten to do otherwise.”
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Andrew got down on one knee during the season 3 finale of The Bachelor in 2003 and proposed to Jen Schefft. The pair split several months after the finale aired and Andrew went on to marry Ivana Bozilovic in 2008. The couple share three kids. Sixteen years after his season aired, the former ABC star tells Us Weekly exclusively that he’s never been happier. “All is good here. Ivana and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary this past summer. Somehow she is still putting up with me! All the kiddo’s are doing great, Brooks, 9, Anja, 7, and Shane, 4, keep us busy running around to soccer/ballet/gymnastics/music/etc!” he explains. “Work is going really well and the company I co-founded, StonePark Capital, is completing construction on our 5th hotel in San Luis Obispo, California, to open in January of 2019.”
He adds: “I have bit more grey hair, I work harder for my bikini body, my wife and kids started a rumor that I snore at night … but I don’t think I have been happier in my life.”
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After appearing on season 1 of The Bachelorette in 2003, Bob went to star as the fourth Bachelor later that year. While he gave Estella Gardinier a promise ring during the finale, they broke up shortly after the show aired. Months later, Bob married All My Children actress Rebecca Budig. After six years of marriage, however, the duo called it quits in 2010. He tied the knot again in November 2016 to Jessica Canyon. The couple welcomed a baby boy in December 2018.
“I’m living in Seattle with my wife and new son Grayson, who is taking up all my time these days, which I love!” Bob tells Us exclusively. “I still do ton of hosting for different live events and I go back and forth to New York twice a month to be on the Today show. I love it – they’ve very supportive of me and I love how much they make so fun of me. Life is gong very well. Thanks to the show, I’ve had such amazing opportunities come my way.”
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After the former football pro decided not to propose to Jessica Bowlin during the season 5 finale of The Bachelor in 2004, the pair decided to continue to date. A few months later, however, they split. As of January 2019, Jesse, the host of Daily Mail TV and ABC’s The Proposal, is dating model Emely Fardo. They both reside in New York City.
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