As Jake Pavelka gets ready to hand out his final rose, BettyConfidential looks back at all the Bachelors who came before - and reveals whether they found true love.
- Delaina Dixon, BettyConfidential.comWe're all rooting for Jake Pavelka to propose to the love of his life on The Bachelor finale, which airs March 1. But if history is any indicator, he won't end up with the girl he chooses at the final rose ceremony. (Rumor has it that Jake offers his hand in marriage to Vienna Girardi, and she turns him down!)
Don't starting bawling like a wuss again, Jake! Several former Bachelors have found love beyond the TV screen, and maybe you will too!
Alex Michel (Season 1)
In 2002, the inaugural Bachelor chose - but did not propose to - Amanda Marsh over Trista Rehn (now married to firefighter Ryan Sutter, the man she picked on the inaugural season of The Bachelorette) but they ended their relationship after a few months. The management consultant has been dating the same woman for a few years and reveals they might get married. "It's definitely a possibility," says Alex, who did walk away from the show with a job as the "romance and proposal expert" for Princess Cruises' Department of Romance!
Aaron Buerge (Season 2)
It took seven years for the bank executive to find true love after his Bachelor days, but he did it. On August 8, 2009, Aaron tied the knot with commercial insurance agent Angye McIntosh in their hometown of Springfield, Mo., and two months later, their daughter Aven was born (you do the math!). The couple poked a little Bachelor fun when it came to naming their first child. "Avens are roses, so we thought it appropriate," Aaron jokes.
Andrew Firestone (Season 3)
After dumping his Bachelor connection Jen Schefft (who went on to become The Bachelorette), Andrew fell for actress and model Ivana Bozilovic, and the two married in July 2008. In March the following year, Ivana gave birth to their first child, Adam, named after his paternal granddaddy. "I think he looks like Ivana, which is a godsend for him," jokes Andrew.
Bob Guiney (Season 4)
This Bachelor sort of met his future wife via the series: He fell head over heels for All My Children star Rebecca Budig as she hosted The Bachelor XYZ, a series recap show for ABC Family. "We realize how important it is to make time for one another because we're both so busy," said Bob, the owner of a mortgage company, during their newlywed days. Obviously it wasn't enough. After five years of marriage, the couple parted ways last month.
Jesse Palmer (Season 5)
Who wouldn't want to marry a football star, especially one as cute as the former Giants quarterback? Since his breakup with his Bachelor pick Jessica Bowlin, Jesse has stayed on the singles scene. "He's been really careful to keep his personal life private," says a source. Well ladies, brush up on your Super Bowl stats if you want to snag a date. Jesse now works as a football commentator for ESPN.
Byron Velvick (Season 6)
Bob Guiney's loss was Byron's gain when the professional fisherman reeled in his final rose pick, Mary Delgado, who had been rejected by Bob on the Bachelor in season 4. The engaged couple remained in the limelight after the show ended - through Mary's repeated run-ins with the law (she was even arrested on domestic assault charges). Her bad behavior took its toll on the relationship and Byron confirmed their split in December 2009.
Charlie O'Connell (Season 7)
The Sliders star wasn't pressured into giving an engagement ring to Sarah Brice at the end of his season, and he still seems to be in no rush. The duo has dated on and off since 2005. They're now set to chronicle their love affair in a new reality series for Oxygen, When Charlie Met Sarah, which will end in a wedding if Sarah gets her way! "As far as marriage goes, we're getting along, moving forward, so down the line, yes, there's a strong possibility we will get married," says Charlie.
Travis Stork (Season 8)
Paging the hot doc! Travis infamously picked sweet schoolteacher Sarah Stone over wild child Moana Dixon, the gal it seemed he really wanted to be with. He and Sarah didn't last (obviously!), and Travis now co-hosts the reality infotainment series The Doctors. Still single, the sexy doctor was briefly linked to country star Carrie Underwood.
Prince Lorenzo Borghese (Season 9)
For every little girl who grows up wanting to become a princess, this was a dream in the making, sort of. But the prince didn't propose to the last girl standing, Jennifer Wilson, and the two broke up months later. Lorenzo follow his bachelor stint by helping a furry friend find love on the internet series America's Next Top Dog: The Princess, all the while promoting one of his favorite charities, the North Shore Animal League.
Brad Womack (Season 10)
The Texas bar owner didn't want to waste time playing the "how long till they break up" game after his stint on The Bachelor. So at the final rose ceremony, he dumped both Deanna Pappas and Jenni Croft! "I didn't have that wild-and-crazy, over-the-top feeling of being in love you get when you fall in love," he said after the episode aired, adding that he was going to "take a little time off" from dating. Seems like he still is!
Andrew Baldwin (Season 11)
This officer was no gentleman for his Bachelor pick, Tessa Horst. The "love of his life" called off their engagement after eight months, while the U.S. Navy officer was deployed in the Pacific. The triathlete, who briefly dated Donald Trump ex Marla Maples afterwards, hasn't let his bad luck in love dampen his spirits. "I'm very happy and excited for the future," he said in a recent interview.
Matt Grant (Season 12)
After breaking up with Lorenzo Lamas' daughter, Shayne, the first British bachelor spent two years dating his publicist, Sarah Robarts, who is 11 years his senior. Single and back on the dating scene, the financier is concentrating most of his free time on a new show he's producing called "Pimp My Bride." "It's about the groom being in control of the wedding," reveals Matt.
Jason Mesnick (Season 13)
This is the closest The Bachelor has gotten to a wedding. After the single dad dumped his final rose pick, Melissa Rycroft, he begged runner-up Molly Malaney for a second chance. The account executive proposed to her at his "favorite place," Queenstown, New Zealand, on October 21 and their upcoming wedding will air as an ABC special on March 8. "I'm really in love with Molly," admits Jason. "She's completely different from anybody else I've ever dated."
Watch The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love - The Women Tell All, Monday, February 22 at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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TV DivaGal Delaina Dixon is an entertainment journalist who's written about pretty much every form of television. You can read more of her work, with her own dash of divaness, at her site DelainaDixon.com.