As Colton Underwood battles to find The One, fans can’t help but wonder how likely it is that his romance will last. 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 a few 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.
The Bachelor, you see, hasn’t featured a successful love story in years. Yeah, Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham are still together, but he originally proposed to Becca Kufrin, and look at how that turned out. 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 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 Iaconetti 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, but she ended up finding her soulmate anyway!
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.