First comes love, then comes fame, then comes a short-lived engagement? That’s pretty much the formula for most couples on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Peter Weber and Hannah Ann Sluss‘ quickie courtship was followed by Clare Crawley and Dale Moss‘ sudden split less than a year later. The next season of The Bachelor, Matt James and contestant Rachael Kirkconnell‘s relationship lasted mere weeks, and we’re wondering if true love even exists anymore on this show.
And some stars — we’re looking at you, Emily Maynard — had the privilege of having two failed engagements from the franchise. With 41 combined seasons from the shows (not including Bachelor in Paradise or Bachelor Pad because LOL those stats are even worse), only a handful of Bachelor couples have actually made it down the aisle. And with stats like those, the odds are not on the side of these couples.
Needless to say, Bachelor Nation is filled with unconventional couples. Fans were shocked during season 16 after Life & Style exclusively broke the news that leading lady Clare wanted to “quit” because she had already “fallen in love” with Dale just 12 days into filming. They were engaged days later, and Tayshia Adams stepped in as the new Bachelorette to finish the season.
The reality pair received backlash from fans who doubted their love connection. Chris Harrison responded to the negativity while speaking with Life & Style at the time. “It’s easy for people on social media or wherever to say, ‘They’re going to break up.’ Well, you know what, odds are you’re right. Because you know, most relationships do end up like that,” the host explained. “But I say, let’s get behind them, let’s support them. They have all my love. I think it’s great. When I see them together, all you feel is love. Even what you see on social media with them — I know that can be deceiving at times — but they are a lovely couple and they really care for each other.”
That being said, former season Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky explained to Life & Style why it’s so hard to find The One in the reality dating franchise. “The pressure of the show is hard,” the former leading lady said. “You’re set up for failure. You really are. The people that make it are lucky.”
She added, “If I put you in a room with 25 guys or girls, and said, ‘You’re going to marry one of these people.’ What are the chances of that? Not good, right? I always say, the Bachelor or the Bachelorette should have a say in the 25 contestants.”
While many Bachelor Nation relationships end in heartbreak, some are much quicker than others. Keep scrolling to see the shortest Bachelor engagements.
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