The Bachelor’s 2017 season came to a close with Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi engaged and totally, utterly, blissfully in love.
Or something. Judging by the reaction of fans and Bachelor Nation members, their breakup would be immediate if not sooner.
They turned out to be correct.
Nick and Vanessa broke up Friday, August 25, after just five months. It turns out he was more into fame and didn’t want to move to Canada.
We know, who would’ve EVER seen that coming. At least Nick’s latest breakup gave us The Bachelorette season starring Rachel Lindsay.
This summer, Rachel Lindsay and Bryan Abasolo got engaged, and while fans aren’t hugely enthralled with him, they too seem in love.
Will they be the new golden couple for the franchise, a la Trista and Ryan, Ashley and J.P., Jason and Molly and Desiree and Chris?
Or another Juan Pablo and Nikki Ferrell, Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray, Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff? Or … Nick and Vanessa?
Sorry, too soon. The point is, we can’t help but wonder as we ponder the future: Who is living happily ever after? Who is not?
You don’t need The Bachelor spoilers to tell you that the “made it” list is a lot shorter than the other, though there are exceptions.
A final rose does not a future make. Perhaps Bryan and Rachel will surprise, but with this track record, and human nature in general?
We’re not betting on it. Just saying.
Take a look at some notable duos from The Bachelor and Bachelorette and see whether they’re still together since the show:
1. Rachel Lindsay and Bryan Abasolo
Rachel Lindsay and Bryan Abasolo are a match made in heaven … or are they? Bachelor Nation seemed to prefer runner-up Peter Kraus, but Rachel went with the smooth (too smooth for some fans’ liking) doctor from Miami at the last minute. If Bryan didn’t watch the finale, which centered primarily on Peter waffling over his willingness to propose and Rachel being hung up on him? Then they might be alright.
2. Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi
Look … we wished Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi all the best. That was just the least inspiring public debut from a Bachelor couple since Juan Pablo and Nikki, and it never got much better before they eventually broke up. Come on, people. We were talking about Nick Viall, who was clearly bitten hard by the fame bug, and fell for a girl who didn’t want to be in the “business” or leave Canada, where he had no interest in moving. Just saying. The odds made them a definite underdog from the start, and their five-month relationship proved skeptics correct.
3. JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers
JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers are an interesting case, both seemingly over the moon in love and behind the proverbial eight ball since day one. They certainly seem to have weathered whatever storms have been in their path thus far, but it’s still in the “honeymoon” phase, and we can’t shake the feeling that there’s more to Aaron’s little brother than we know – or that JoJo does at this point. Chances they’ll make it to the altar? 50-50.
4. Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell
It was a good year, closer to a year and a half actually, which is a long time for any relationship, and Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell recently called out what they deemed as “fake news” that said they had broken up … but they canceled their wedding and just admitted that they broke up. #realnews
5. Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth
Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth have looked the part of the happy couple ever since they got engaged in August 2015. But will their engagement actually last and stand the test of time? The show’s track record suggests otherwise … but here we are a year and a half later, so the joke’s on us?
6. Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff
Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff just got engaged on The Bachelor season finale in March 2015 … only to break up in May 2015! What seemed like the perfect fit turned out to be anything but.