It’s a real long shot that Nick Viall will find lasting love as “The Bachelor” because happy ever after endings have been in short supply for former contestants.
Although ABC’s romance franchise has been a ratings success for years, receiving an average of 9 million viewers, there are very few successful relationships to emerge from the show.
After 20 seasons, only two couples who are still together: Sean Lowe and Catherine Guidici from season 17 and Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell from season 20.
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And according to Lowe, the small number of successful “Bachelors” may have to do with the way the show is set up. “You spend just a small amount of time with that person before getting engaged, which sounds nuts,” Lowe told Us Weekly.
“You leave the show, you get into the real world and find out like, ‘Oh, crap! Being in a relationship isn’t always easy and it actually takes work,'” Guidici added.
As Viall still holds on to his hopes of finding “the one” during his fourth appearance on the franchise, here are five former Bachelors who have accepted that they looked for love in the wrong place.
Chris Soules from season 19 became a bachelor once more after breaking off his six-month engagement with Whitney Bischoff.
He went on to appear on “Dancing With the Stars” but turned down offers to appear on “Bachelor in Paradise,” the spin-off reality show for former “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” contestants.
Instead, he announced his return to his “one true love” … farming.
Despite rumors I will be foregoing the Bachelor in Paradise for my one true love of corn, soybeans and piggies.
— Chris Soules (@souleschris) April 5, 2016
Soules also appeared on the season 21 premier of “The Bachelor” to give advice to Viall about finding love. Ex-fianceé Bischoff, however, took to Twitter to slam Soules, asking, “Why is Chris giving advice?”
In a later tweet she also wrote, “It’s no secret only a few succeed. I’d want advice from a bach who made it.” Maybe love counselor isn’t in the cards for him?
Juan Pablo Galavis gave the final rose to Nikki Ferrel, but didn’t propose to her on the season 18 finale. During their seven-month relationship, the two appeared on VH1’s “Couples Therapy,” but officially split in October 2014 because the long distance between them put a strain on their relationship.
Since his time on show, Galavis has redirected his focus on the arts. He has returned to the small screen, not as a reality TV star, but as an actor. He starred in a recent video series titled “Breakup Breakdown.” Galavis has also continued working as a music consultant. Before “The Bachelor,” he promoted artists such as Obie Bermudez and Chino y Nacho.
And during the 2016 holiday season, Galavis spent most of his time with his new boo, Venezuelan model and TV host Osmariel Villalobos.
Ben Flajnik ended season 16 by choosing Courtney Robertson. The two broke up at least once while they were filming the season, but then started dating again on the “After the Final Rose.” It wasn’t until October 2012 when they officially ended the relationship.
Since then, the winemaker has revealed that he found love with Stephanie Winn on popular dating app Tinder. The couple has been living together in San Francisco since 2015. Flajnik told Huffington Post that Winn and he live a “nice, normal life [in] a quiet neighborhood in the city.”
Jake Pavelka proposed to Vienna Girardi on season 14 of “The Bachelor.” And while the engagement lasted throughout his time on “Dancing With the Stars,” the two broke it off on June 2010. Pavelka remained in the reality television arena, appearing in “Famous Food,” “Bachelor Pad” and “H8R.”
But now, he’s cut down on the shows, continues to work at his original job as a pilot and has supported various charities, such as the Dallas Regional Chamber.
After ending up alone on season 11 of “The Bachelor” because he couldn’t decide on a woman to pick, Womack returned to the show on season 15 and chose Emily Maynard. The two, however, didn’t last very long. The couple released an official breakup statement after the season 15 finale aired.
Womack has since opened up his own bar, The Dogwood, in Houston, Texas. But aside from that, the former “Bachelor” has been quiet on social media and quiet about his love life. Perhaps he’s taking this time to work on himself?
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