The sad reality is, not every ‘Bachelor’ couple makes it. Even if they leave the show engaged. Shocked? No, you’re not.
And while breakups are inevitable, that doesn’t mean they don’t hurt.
There have been several ‘Bachelor’ breakups fans didn’t see coming. Some of the couples split years after their season ended, and some split after they walked down the aisle.
From Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell to Shawn Booth and Kaitlyn Bristowe, here are three of the most shocking ‘Bachelor’ splits to date:
‘Bachelor in Paradise’ alums Chris Randone and Krystal Nielson were villains in their seasons but found love with each other on the spinoff.
Randone and Nielson left paradise engaged and got married in July 2019.
Their wedding was televised on the sixth season of ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ and officiated by Chris Harrison.
However, on Valentine’s Day of this year, the couple announced their separation.
Nielson shared the news with a lengthy post saying, ‘We knew that taking a “conscious separation” would be difficult to explain to all of our supporters, friends and fans.. and we knew of the potential tabloid frenzy that would incur… but we care so deeply about one another that we were willing to take the risk, as WE feel that this is the right move for US.’
Kaitlyn Bristowe was ‘The Bachelorette’ on season 11. She left the show engaged to Shawn Booth and the couple stayed together for three years before breaking up in November 2018.
Booth was the one who ended the relationship. Bristowe admitted, ‘He didn’t know why he couldn’t love me. I just think the show was too hard for someone to get over.’
And while the break up was tough, the former ‘Bachelorette’ is now in a relationship with Jason Tartick, who was on Becca Kufrin’s season.
If you watched Ben’s season of ‘The Bachelor’ chances are you were rooting for Lauren Bushnell.
The two seemed like the perfect match. In fact, fans liked them so much they ended up with their own reality show.
After leaving the show engaged, Higgins and Bushnell starred in their Freeform spinoff, ‘Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?’ which was supposed to document their wedding plans.
Sadly, the show took a toll on the relationship because of how public their private life was.
Higgins admitted, ‘We wanted it [the show] to be transparent, but some of that isn’t exactly healthy to do in a public setting.’
He added, ‘As much as it was a good thing to show it, and we wanted to show it, I look back on some of that and say there were some nights where we just both like, it hit hard. It hurt.’
Higgins and Bushnell ended their romantic relationship in 2017.
The former ‘Bachelor’ is now engaged to Jessica Clarke and Bushnell is married to country singer, Chris Lane.