For as romantic as ABC's reality shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are, their love stories tend to burn hot then flame out fast. Nearly three dozen seasons have aired in the franchise, but only eight couples are still together — and the vast majority are Bachelorette couples. It’s almost as if it's folly to expect people to form lasting relationships over the span of two months in a high-stress, highly-produced, all-televised environment (yeah, we don't get it either).
The Bachelor, you see, hasn't featured a successful love story in four years. Props to Bachelor No. 21 Nick Viall for trying, though — he attempted to find love on his season of The Bachelor, two seasons of The Bachelorette, and during one Bachelor in Paradise stint, all of which ended poorly. In one of the most unsurprising splits in Bachelor Nation, Nick released a joint statement with Vanessa Grimaldi stating they were "saddened" that they didn't get the "fairytale ending" they'd hoped for.
Not only did Nick and Vanessa's happily ever after get cut short but, The Bachelor Winter Games couple Ashley Iconetti and Kevin Wendt couldn't make their love last either. They officially called it quits in March 2018 because of the difficulties that came with a long distance relationship. While there are reportedly no hard feelings between the pair, a source told Entertainment Tonigt, "It was a little weird to have to figure out a long-term plan so soon. Ashley and Kevin were both really into each other, they just weren't sure if it was a forever thing. And it's hard to date long distance like that,"
Fortunately, for Bachelor Nation, this isn't the end of Ashley and Kevin. She told ET that her Canadian ex will appear on her iHeart Radio podcast, The Ben and Ashley I Almost Famous Podcast, to discuss what really happened between them and what the future holds.
Still, as hopeless romantics, we’re celebrating the happy endings below...while we can, anyway! Scroll down to learn more about the ones who've made it work, and be sure to join our Bachelor Facebook group to chat about all the latest updates, exclusive interviews, and juicy gossip.