The Bachelor After the Final Rose: Broken Engagements and More!

Was it true love for these Bachelors after the final rose? Or was it an emotional roller coaster that eventually plummeted into splitsville? Find out what happened — after the final rose — between former Bachelors like Alex Michael, Jesse Palmer, Andrew Firestone, and Juan Pablo Galavis, and their final picks!

The Bachelor After the Final Rose

Was it true love for these Bachelors after the final rose? Or was it an emotional roller coaster that eventually plummeted into splitsville? Find out what happened—after the final rose—between former Bachelors like Alex Michael, Jesse Palmer, Andrew Firestone, and Juan Pablo Galavis, and their final picks!


Alex Michel and Amanda Marsh

The businessman chose not to propose to Marsh during The Bachelor finale, but the pair continued to date after Season 1 ended. Michel and Marsh broke up several months later.

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Aaron Buerge and Helene Eksterowicz

The banker and restaurant owner proposed with a rose during Season 2. Buerge and Eksterowicz called it quits after a few short months. The Bachelor alum later married Angye McIntosh in 2009.


Andrew Firestone and Jen Schefft

The heir to the Firestone Tire empire asked Schefft to be his bride during the Season 3 finale, but they called off wedding plans just a few months later. The sales manager later married actress Ivana Bozilovic, while Schefft wed public relations executive Joe Waterman.


Bob Guiney and Estella Gardinier

The Allied Home Mortgage founder chose not to propose to Gardinier. Instead, Guiney gave her a promise ring in the hopes of getting to know each other better. The two split shortly after the fourth season aired. Guiney later married soap opera star Rebecca Budig, but they divorced after five years of marriage.


Jesse Palmer and Jessica Bowlin

The NFL player opted not to propose to Bowlin, which turned out to be a good decision on Palmer’s part: The couple broke up several months after taping the Season 5 finale.


Byron Velvick and Mary Delgado

The professional bass fisherman asked Delgado to marry him—in Spanish!—during the Season 6 finale. The two remained engaged until December 2009. “Just because you met on a reality show, got engaged on this beautiful incredible setting doesn’t mean that we’re Prince Charming or Beautiful Princess,” Velvick has said of their relationship.

Aaron Buerge and Helene Eksterowicz


Charlie O’Connell and Sarah Brice

The Sliders actor gave Brice his finale rose during Season 7, but O’Connell decided not to pop the question on national television. The lovebirds continued to date until calling it quits in September 2007. They got back together in late 2008 and split for good in April 2010.

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Travis Stork and Sarah Stone

The doctor and TV personality did not propose to Stone in Season 8. After a short courtship, the pair announced their breakup. Stork married pediatrician Charlotte Brown in July 2012.


Prince Lorenzo Borghese and Jennifer Wilson

The Italian-American cosmetics entrepreneur didn’t ask Wilson to be his wife. Instead, the couple—who met during Season 9 of The Bachelor—dated until January 2007. Borghese appeared on Celebrity Big Brother UK in the fall of 2012.


Andrew Baldwin and Tessa Horst

The U.S. Naval officer chose Horst over runner-up Bevin Nicole Powers during Season 10 in 2007. The pair called off their engagement one month after the final aired but continued to date for several months.

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Brad Womack

Instead of proposing to finalists DeAnna Pappas or Jenni Croft in Season 11, the Texas bar owner rejected both women. Womack returned for another shot at love in Season 15.

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Matt Grant and Shayne Lamas

The British business development manager proposed to the soap opera star during Season 12. The two announced their split in July 2008 and vowed to remain close friends. Lamas later wed co-founder Nik Richie and had a baby in 2011.


Jason Mesnick and Melissa Rycroft

In the Season 13 finale, the account executive and single dad proposed to Rycroft. Mesnick quickly changed his mind and broke up with the cheerleader—on national television—and asked runner-up Molly Malaney for a second chance. Mesnick and Malaney got engaged during a trip to New Zealand in October 2009 and tied the knot in February 2010 in an ABC special. Rycroft later married on-and-off love Tye Strickland.


Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi

The airplane pilot chose Girardi over runner-up Tenley Molzahn during the Season 14 finale. Pavelka and his fiance broke up in June 2010 and discussed the details of their split in a tense After the Final Rose special. The exes later appeared on the same season of Bachelor Pad.


Brad Womack and Emily Maynard

The returning reality star proposed to the single mom during Season 14. The engaged couple ended their relationship in May 2011. Maynard was later featured on Season 8 of The Bachelorette, choosing Jef Holm in the finale; the pair have since broken up.


Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson

The California winemaker and the model broke up in February 2012 while Season 16 was was still airing; Flajnik was seen on dates with several other women during that time. The two later reconciled and got engaged for a second time, but broke up again in October 2012.


Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici

It was true love for Lowe! The season 17 Bachelor proposed to his pick, Catherine Giudici, on the finale episode of the smash series. The two tied the knot in Santa Barbara, Calif., in January 2014, in the show’s first-ever live TV wedding, where Lowe told his bride: “You’re my dream and my reality, my future and my present, my whole heart and my best friend.” The two later shared their exclusive honeymoon photos with Us!

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Juan Pablo Galavis and Nikki Ferrell

Ees okay between these two! The Venezuelan soccer stud gave the final rose to the pediatric nurse in the memorable season 18 finale of the smash show, but declined to propose. During the live after show, Ferrell revealed that the controversial Bachelor had not yet said “I love you” to her. Eventually, as reported by Us Weekly, Galavis uttered the magic words to Ferrell.

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Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff

Prince Farming and his fiancee, fertility nurse Bischoff, split in May 2015, just two months after he proposed to her on the season 19 finale of The Bachelor. In a joint statement to Us, the couple announced: “Whitney Bischoff and Chris Soules have mutually and amicably decided to end their engagement. They part with nothing but respect and admiration for one another and will continue to be supportive friends. They wish to thank everyone who has supported them through this journey.”

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Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell

Higgins infamously told both of his final two women, Lauren Bushnell and JoJo Fletcher, the he loved them. The software sales rep ultimately chose flight attendant Bushnell, and the two got engaged and starred on one season of their own Freeform reality series, Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After? The couple broke up in May 2017 after a year and a half together. “It’s hard to say goodbye to somebody that you really did believe was the one for you,” Higgins said on his Ben and Ashley: Almost Famous podcast shortly after the split.

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Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi

The Wisconsin native popped the question to Grimaldi in the season 21 finale, but fans noticed tension between the newly engaged couple during their live After the Final Rose interview. Turns out, their concern was justified. The former Dancing With the Stars contestant and the Canadian special education teacher split in August 2017. Viall told Us Weekly exclusively a week later, “I still love her very much.”

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Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Becca Kufrin

Pulling a Mesnick! The former race car driver became the most controversial Bachelor in history when he got engaged to Kufrin only to break up with her on camera weeks later and get back together with runner-up Lauren Burnham. Luyendyk told Us Weekly before the divisive finale aired that he had “no regrets” about his decision.


Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham

After proposing to Kufrin on the season 22 finale, Luyendyk Jr. changed his mind and decided he wanted to be with runner-up, Lauren Burnham. He popped the question on live on the After the Final Rose special on March 6, 2018. “I truly believe are my soulmate,” the former race car driver told Burnham. “I’m ready to face this life with you and all that comes with it. I love you so much. I wanted to do this in front of everyone because I want to show you that I should have done this a long time ago.” She said yes and the pair are reportedly already planning their wedding. 

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Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph

The former professional football player and the California native ended up together on the Bachelor season 23 finale, but their happiness didn’t come easy. Underwood ended his relationships with finalists Hannah Godwin and Tayshia Adams after Randolph eliminated herself during the fantasy suites episode. The Illinois native pursued the speech pathologist even after she admitted she was confused about her feelings. For the final show, the pair claimed they were happily in a relationship and will definitely get engaged in the future.

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