ABC’s The Bachelor holds the title of most popular reality dating show, but that doesn’t mean audiences always see a happy ending. In fact, most of the engagements you see during the finale don’t ever make it down the aisle. Curious about which Bachelor couples got engaged but broke up before the altar? We’ve got you covered.
Peter Weber and Hannah Ann Sluss broke up before the finale aired
By the time audiences watched Peter propose to Hannah in The Bachelor Season 24 finale, the two had already split. Peter then tried to strike up a relationship with Madison Prewitt, but that relationship didn’t last either. They broke up two days after the finale aired.
Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Becca Kufrin had one of the messiest breakups in the series
While The Bachelor always promises “the most dramatic season ever,” Arie’s season may actually win the title of most dramatic. Arie proposed to Becca during season 24 in front of the cameras, but he also broke up with Becca in front of the cameras. Plus, to add some salt to the wound, he immediately got back together with the runner-up of that season, Lauren Burnham.
Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi called it quits
Nick is practically Bachelor royalty at this point with his multiple appearances in the franchise. When audiences first met Nick, they watched him fall in love with Vanessa. However, the relationship didn’t last, and the two parted ways five months later.
Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell had one of the longer engagements from ‘The Bachelor’
Ben and Lauren seemed like they had a chance at forever, and the couple even got their own spinoff called Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?. However, it wasn’t meant to be, and Ben and Lauren broke off their engagement a little over a year after he proposed.
Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff lasted 2 months
The Bachelor Season 19 finale aired in March 2015, but Whitney and Chris went their separate ways by May of that same year.
Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson never made it down the aisle
Ben proposed in The Bachelor Season 16, but the couple never had the smoothest relationship. After breaking up and getting back together multiple times, they finally called it quits in October 2012. The couple released a statement about their breakup and said they needed to focus on their careers.
Brad Womack and Emily Maynard thought they found love in ‘The Bachelor’ Season 15
Brad first appeared on The Bachelor Season 11 but left without choosing anyone. However, it looked like he struck gold when he met Emily Maynard in season 15. Eight months later, the two broke off their engagement. Emily later said she could’ve handled things more maturely.
Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi had one of the nastiest breakups in Bachelor Nation
Vienna filled the role of villain in The Bachelor Season 14, but Jake fell in love. Unfortunately, it didn’t last. The couple split three months after the finale aired but appeared for a post-breakup interview during a special televised segment. To say things got ugly is an understatement.
Jason Mesnick shocked audiences when he broke up with Melissa Rycroft
Jason proposed to Melissa during The Bachelor Season 13 finale, but during After the Final Rose, Jason confessed he still had feelings for runner-up Molly Malaney. He broke up with Melissa on stage, leaving her in complete shock. Thankfully, both have moved on and are happily married to other people.
Matt Grant and Shayne Lamas ended ‘The Bachelor’ Season 12 with a proposal
Global financier Matt swept Shayne off her feet during season 12 and even proposed in the finale with a 2.85 carat Neil Lane diamond ring. However, the two called it quits two months after the finale aired in July.
Andrew Baldwin and Tessa Horst split, reconciled, and split again
The Bachelor Season 10 couple, Andrew and Tessa, broke up a month after proposing. They reconciled shortly after, only to part ways for good in September 2007.
Byron Velvick and Mary Delgado got together in ‘The Bachelor’ Season 6
Byron and Mary lasted five years together before breaking up. The police arrested and charged Mary with domestic assault against her former fiancé. However, officials later dropped the charges.
Andrew Firestone and Jen Scheft charmed audiences in ‘The Bachelor’ Season 3
It wasn’t meant to be for Andrew and Jen after their whirlwind romance. Andrew proposed in the season 3 finale, which aired in May 2003, but later broke up in December of the same year.
Aaron Buerge and Helene Eksterowicz starred in season 2
The Bachelor didn’t have much luck even in the earliest seasons of the series. Aaron proposed to Helene in the season 2 finale, but the pair broke up several weeks later.
The Bachelor has quite a while before it returns to ABC, but luckily fans only have a couple of months to wait before watching its spinoff, The Bachelorette. Tune in to Showbiz Cheat Sheet for all your latest Bachelor Nation news.