Considering how few couples end up actually getting engaged, let alone married, on The Bachelor, it's amazing that the show is still on - and thriving! While many people understand the process seldom works in the long run, we still can't help but tune in to watch anyway, even if it is just for the wildly corny, often humorous entertainment, definitely crazy entertainment.
ABC's reality TV dating show franchise is often mocked and each season is full of guys and girls looking for a "shot at love," or, more realistically, their 15 minutes of fame. But for those contestants who did "win" The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, where are they now? Did their relationships survive? Which Bachelor couples are married? Which pairs broke up immediately. Do any couples from the show have kids?
Of the couples who came from the show, who said yes to an engagement, who got married, who broke up immediately after After the Final Rose, and who went back to their normal, boring, regular jobs and lives? What became of their lives once their 15 minutes of fame was up?
Read on to find out what your favorite (and most hated) Bachelor and Bachelorette couples are up to today and how their journeys to find love, once and for all, actually ended.
Alex Michael And Amanda Marsh
The inaugural The Bachelor couple. Unfortunately, the series didn't start off on a great foot, as they never got engaged.
Alex is a management consultant and also became a spokesperson for Match.com. Amanda is a Registered nurse living in Kansas. She married her childhood friend, Jay, and they have a daughter, Chloe.
Aaron Buerge And Helene Eksterowicz
Although Aaron and Helene got engaged on the finale of their season, they split up only weeks later.
Aaron is the vice president of a family-owned bank and a restaurant owner. He married in 2009 and is currently raising a stepdaughter and daughter in Montana. Helene works as a psychologist at an elementary school in New Jersey. She married IBM tech consultant Andrew Goodman in 2013.
Trista Rehn And Ryan SutterPhoto: The Bachelorette / ABC
Often used as the example when critics question whether or not the process of The Bachelor works, Trista and Ryan are one of the few couples who actually got married. Their wedding was televised in 2003.
Trista has appeared on other reality TV shows including Dancing with the Stars, Fear Factors, and Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars. Trista and Ryan have two children, Maxwell and Blakesley.
Andrew Firestone And Jen Schefft
Jen accepted Andrew's proposal on the show. However, it didn't last long. Andrew is the sales manager of Firestone Family Estates. He married actress Ivana Bozilovic in 2008 and they have two children together. He also hosted the Billionaires Car Club.
Jen appeared on the third season of The Bachelorette, two years after Andrew's season on The Bachelor. Although she chose Jerry Ferris over Paul Merrit, he rejected the proposal for lack of chemistry. In 2007 she published the book Better Single Than Sorry. In 2009 she married public relations executive Joe Waterman and moved to Chicago. They have two children together.