The Bachelor has been on the air since 2002, which means that we have seen 23 seasons to date of men looking to find their future wife amid a sea of nearly-identical available women – all televised for our guilty pleasure. The show has become something of a phenomenon and spawned a major franchise that includes shows like The Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise, and Bachelor Pad.
But, for a show that purports to be all about a person’s search for The One, how successful are they actually in completing that mission? We looked through all the seasons of The Bachelor (with the exception of Brad Womack’s season, since he chose no one), to determine exactly how long these relationships lasted after the cameras stopped rolling. So here are all 22 Bachelor relationships – ranked by length.
22 Jason Mesnick & Melissa Rycroft: Minutes
Yikes, this one was cringe-worthy. Season 13’s Jason Mesnick was actually only with winner Melissa Rycroft for a few minutes after he popped the question before changing his mind and choosing runner-up Molly Malaney instead! Malaney and Mesnick did end up tying the knot in February 2010 and are still together!
21 Travis Lane Stork & Sarah Stone: 1 Week
Managing to stick it out for about seven days, we have Travis Lane Stork and Sarah Stone of Season 8. The thing is, keeping this couple apart for the drama of watching their relationship unfold on TV was what was the nail in the coffin of their partnership. Just a week after the finale aired on TV, it was announced that the couple had split.
20 Jesse Palmer & Jessica Bowlin: Less Than 1 Month
Technically, Jesse Palmer never actually proposed to “winner” Jessica Bowlin, but the two still stayed together after the finale. While they dated for a little while after the Season 5 finale aired, they broke up less than a month later. The Canadian former pro football player is still unmarried, while Bowlin is now an attorney married with two children.
19 Arie Luyendyk Jr. & Becca Kufrin: Less Than 1 Month
Oh, boy, one of the most dramatic relationships in recent Bachelor history was that between Season 22’s Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Becca Kufrin. Just a few weeks after filming wrapped, Luyendyk Jr. broke up with Kufrin – in a televised split, naturally – and got together with runner-up Lauren Burnham. Kufrin went on to become the next Bachelorette while Burnham and Luyendyk Jr. married and had a daughter.
18 Bob Guiney & Estella Gardinier: 1 Month
Opting not to propose to the winner of Season 4, Bob Guiney still offered a promise ring to Estella Gardinier, saying that they would continue to see one another and see where things went. Of course, things ended swiftly, as the pair was only together for about a month. Guiney has since been married twice while Gardinier appears happily single.
17 Aaron Buerge & Helene Eksterowicz: 5 Weeks
Taking it all the way back to Season 2, Aaron Buerge proposed to winner Helene Eksterowicz, but just five weeks after he got down on one knee, the couple had called it quits. Apparently, the couple didn’t see eye-to-eye on a lot of issues, with Buerge wanting to cash in on his newfound fame. The long distance also contributed to the relationship’s disintegration.
16 Alex Michel & Amanda Marsh: Approximately 2 Months
The OG Bachelor was Alex Michel, and right off the bat he went against the plan of the show by not popping the question to his final choice, Amanda Marsh. They stayed together for about two months before breaking up, beginning a pattern that would follow through most of the series. Marsh later married her childhood sweetheart and the two have a daughter.
15 Chris Soules & Whitney Bischoff: Almost 2 Months
Called “Prince Farming” during Season 19, Chris Soules had the kind of down-home charm that appealed to many of the available ladies on his season, but it was winner Whitney Bischoff who got the final rose. After just about 2 months together, though, the pair split up. Two years later, Soules was arrested after fleeing the scene of a fatal car crash.
14 Prince Lorenzo Borghese & Jennifer Wilson: 2 Months
Really playing into that Prince Charming motif we had another Prince – Prince Lorenzo Borghese, cosmetics entrepreneur, that is! Back in Season 9, Borghese chose Jennifer Wilson as his bride-to-be, but it seemed he couldn’t stop himself from seeing runner-up Sadie Murray, either. The two ended up splitting after a couple months together.
13 Jake Pavelka & Vienna Girardi: 3 Months
One of the most ill-suited couples in Bachelor history had to be Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi of Season 14. These two just seemed to hate each other and every interview after the show was rife with tension. Unsurprisingly, after raking in as much cash as they could, they called things off after three months together.
12 Brad Womack & Emily Maynard: 3 Months
Brad Womack has the distinction of being a Bachelor who got not one but two seasons – and both ended in failure. After choosing no one in Season 11, Womack was back in Season 15, where he picked Emily Maynard. While the couple broke up before the finale aired, they got back together and made it three months before ending things for good.
11 Andrew Baldwin & Tessa Horst: 4 Months
How’s this for an up-and-down relationship? Season 10’s Andrew Baldwin did pop the question to winner Tessa Horst, but the two actually called off the engagement in August 2007 after the finale had aired at the end of May. However, they decided to keep dating for another month before ending their relationship permanently.
10 Matt Grant & Shayne Lamas: 4 Months
Matt and Shayne of Season 12 also managed to make it four months before they ended things in a jointly released statement in which they promised to remain friends. Since then, Lamas has had a taste for the drama, with a DUI and appearing on Couples Therapy, while Grant has been a bit more low-key, marrying his wife, whom he met at a neighborhood pub.
9 Nick Viall & Vanessa Grimaldi: Almost 6 Months
Everyone who watched this season knew that this relationship wasn’t going to pan out. Grimaldi refused to even entertain the idea of leaving her hometown of Montreal while Viall absolutely would not have moved to Canada and away from the spotlight he loved so much. Some PDA, flashy engagement ring photos, and almost six months later, and these two were done.
8 Andrew Firestone & Jen Scheft: 7 Months
Andrew Firestone, heir to the Firestone tire fortune, and Jen Scheft did get engaged, and made it work for seven months. Then, in a 2003 televised exclusive, they announced their split. Firestone went on to marry and have three children, while Scheft became the next Bachelorette before marrying and having two children of her own.
7 Ben Flajnik & Courtney Robertson: 7 Months
The drama of these two! No one wanted to see Courtney Robertson walk away with the final rose, as the resident mean girl of Season 16. According to Robertson’s tell-all book, she and Flajnik actually broke up before the Women Tell All taping, but patched things up. They lasted a few more months before splitting for good.
6 Juan Pablo Galavis & Nikki Ferrell: 7 Months
Has there been a more hated Bachelor than Juan Pablo Galavis? Rude, sexist, and a whole host of other problematic things, the Season 18 Bachelor didn’t even tell winner Nikki Ferrell that he loved her! That kind of coldness would permeate the rest of their relationship, which lasted seven months – longer than anyone expected.
5 Colton Underwood & Cassie Randolph: Almost 8 Months
A recent entry into this list, anyone with the most basic knowledge of body language could see that winner Randolph was just not into Underwood. Every photo taken of the two seemed strained and distant – which makes sense, since Randolph wasn’t ready for the kind of commitment required of her. They lasted almost eight months.
4 Ben Higgins & Lauren Bushnell: 1 Year And 2 Months
The first Bachelor to make it to the year-long mark on this list, we have Season 20’s Ben Higgins. These two were really milking their relationship – which was kind of “meh” – for all it was worth, appearing on Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings, Bachelor Winter Games, and their own self-titled reality show. Perhaps not surprisingly, they ended up breaking up about 14 months after the finale aired.
3 Charlie O’Connell & Sarah Brice: On & Off 5 Years
Actor Jerry O’Connell’s brother decided to find love on Season 7 of the show, and managed to get it with winner Sarah Brice. The two dated off-and-on for about five years, making their total time together somewhere around four years. While he didn’t propose at the finale, they stuck things out and stayed together until 2010.
2 Byron Velvick & Mary Delgado: 5 Years
How’s this for a long engagement? Season 6’s Velvick actually did pop the question to winner Delgado, and the couple stayed engaged for five long years! Of course, things weren’t always smooth sailing, and Delgado was once arrested for punching Velvick in the face. The demise of their relationship soon followed. Both have since married other people.
1 Sean Lowe & Catherine Giudici: 6+ Years
The only couple to actually still be together in Bachelor history is Season 17’s Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici. Considered a fan favorite, Giudici endeared herself to viewers and to Lowe, who popped the question and actually saw things through! The loved-up couple are still happily together with two children and one on the way.
Sources: Bustle, PopSugar, Us Weekly