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The Bachelor & The Bachelorette Couples: Are They Still Together?

The Bachelor's 2018 season came to a close with Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Becca Kufrin engaged and totally, utterly, blissfully in love.

Or something. According to The Bachelor spoilers, that relationship would end and he would spurn Becca for runner-up Lauren Burnham.

This turned out to be correct.

Arie and Becca lasted mere weeks, and his cringe-worthy decision to end the engagement with her was filmed for the world to see.

Raw. Unedited. Uncut.

Didn't see that twist coming, even if Arie's reputation preceded him, and we can't say this bodes well for Lauren B. either.

Will they be a new golden couple for the show, 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, Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi? Or ... Arie and Becca?

Sorry, too soon.

Speaking of Becca, as The Bachelorette spoilers predicted months ago, she turned around and got engaged to Garrett Yrigoyen.

Those two appear to be on stable ground despite his Instagram scandal, but even so, they're facing some very long odds.

Will they make it? We'll have to wait and see, but of those that came before them: Who is still living happily ever after?

Take a look at notable duos from The Bachelor and Bachelorette and see whether they're still together since the show:

1. Becca Kufrin and Garrett Yrigoyen

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Becca Kufrin and Garrett Yrigoyen hit it off from the very start, and after a fairly conventional season of The Bachelorette, they got engaged on the finale. Perhaps the most notable obstacle for this duo came prior to the season, when his Instagram "double-tapping" of some seriously offensive posts and memes came to light. If Becca can look past that, they might be alright, because they sure have chemistry.

2. Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham

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Yes, Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham are still together. Right now. For the moment. As of this report. It's still only been a few months since they've gone public, however, and needless to say, the consensus is that Becca Kufrin dodged a bullet and that Lauren might have her heart broken next. We're not rooting for that sad outcome, but just saying ... it's Arie. Just because they're buying a house together doesn't mean we're convinced this is for real. At least not yet.

3. Rachel Lindsay and Bryan Abasolo

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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. Looks like they've weathered that storm and then some, regardless. They are still going very strong.

4. Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi

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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.

5. JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers

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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, and enough time has passed that they're no longer in the "honeymoon" phase, yet we can't shake the feeling that there's more to Aaron's little brother than we know - or that JoJo does. Chances they'll make it to the altar? 50-50, maybe 60-40.

6. Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell

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It was a good year, closer to a year and a half actually, which is a long time for any relationship, reality TV style or regular style, when Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell publicly called out what they deemed as "fake news" that alleged they had broken up ... and then canceled their wedding and admitted that they broke up. #realnews
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The Bachelor: It’s Down to These 6 Men!

... and then there were six.

With The Bachelorette having just wrapped up its latest intense season, attention now turns to The Bachelor.

Specifically, attention now turns to one question in particular: Who will be the next Bachelor on ABC?

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Many past suitors have already made their pitches, with Wills Reid, for example, saying he hopes to be the first African-American Bachelor.

Viewers, meanwhile, appear to want Jason Tartick as their main man next winter and spring.

In a call with E! News this week, however, ABC executive Rob Mills - the network's Senior Vice President of Alternative Series, Specials and Late-Night Programming - said the pool actually goes far beyond the two men mentioned above.

"There are probably six strong contenders," Mills says.

Some of these contenders, such as Reid and Colton Underwood, will appear this summer on Bachelor in Paradise, meaning ABC is not in a major rush to arrive at a final decision.

"What's great about this is that we have some time, we obviously have Paradise, it can air and we can see if anyone from there who's really popping," Mills told E!.

Okay, but let's get to it.

One of the following six men will be your next Bachelor...

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PETER KRAUS: He was the runner-up on Rachel Lindsay's season and he was passed over at the last-minute last year in favor of Arie Luyendyk Jr. last year.

But Mills said the personal trainer is still a fan favorite.

"People like Peter, I know. I have to say we hear that a lot.

"Certainly people absolutely adore Peter. You never know who it's going to be.

"As we saw with Arie, we look at everything, not just the last season. Who knows who it's going to be.

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BEN HIGGINS: Wait... what?

The Season 20 Bachelor has split from Lauren Bushnell in 2017 and may apparently become the second person to be the Bachelor twice.

"I think Ben Higgins is always somebody who we would consider," Mills says.

"As long as the timing is right for him and for us too, but if he's ready…obviously everybody wants to see Ben happy and finding love."

(Editor's Note: This would be incredibly lame.)

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JOE AMABILE: Yes, Grocery Store Joe. Chris Harrison explains:

"People love the guy and freaked out. People like that, when we see them pop and really become of the American consciousness, then yeah, they become the Bachelor.

"Nick was a good example of that, you never know when you're Bachelor is going to pop out."

COLTON UNDERWOOD: The show would garner a great deal of attention if it cast a virgin as its lead.

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The other two men under consideration, according to Mills, are Blake Horstmann and Tartick.

In general, what is Mills looking for in The Bachelor:

"I think it's a combination of sincerity and really just somebody who can have a lot of fun and be entertaining. I think that's why somebody like Sean Lowe worked so well, because he really was the perfect balance of that."

He was truly looking for a wife and he was very clear about that, he wanted what his parents and grandparents had. But also, there was a real sense of fun from Sean. A great sense of humor.

"Everybody has different traits. That was one where I t thought it was sort of the right balance.

"Look, I thought Juan Pablo was a great Bachelor in his own way, because he certainly was entertaining."

Oh boy.

We can all agree that any of these options would suffice, right? Except for Juan Pablo.

"We'll see how Paradise goes…he could be engaged by the end of Paradise," Mills says of Colton.

"If he wasn't though, he certainly has a lot of the attributes that you love in a Bachelor. There's a little bit of that Sean Lowe, not use in looks, but he's also a guy who is surprisingly funny and charismatic.

"Colton could be a very interesting Bachelor.

Wills Reid to ABC: Make Me the First Black Bachelor!

Wills Reid has a message for ABC, and it goes something like this:

If America can handle a black man in the White House, it can absolutely handle a black man in the Fantasy Suite.

So... let's do this, Chris Harrison and company!

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In other, less complicated and more exact words:

Reid, who is appearing on Bachelor in Paradise this summer, wants to be the next Bachelor, even if no one in this role before him has shared his skin color.

"I feel like if the stars align and I am single after Paradise, I would love to be the next Bachelor,” he told Entertainment Weekly during ABC’s portion of the Television Critics Association conference in Beverly Hills.

Added the always-fashionable Wills:

“I feel like I would bring intensity, but genuine intensity.

"There’d be some tears - some good tears, some bad tears, but I’d also bring a renewed sense of what the world looks like today.

"I would bring style, I would bring consideration and care and kindness to all the women that would be there. I feel like there isn’t a better candidate than me.”

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That's quite a pitch.

Is Wills sure he wants to go into reality television and not politics?

We're just kidding, of course.

But Reid is dead serious about wanting to be named the next Bachelor, especially considering how wide open the field appears to be.

Current frontrunners include third runner-up Jason Tartick from Buffalo, along with the very sweaty second-place finisher Blake Horstmann.

Each has expressed interest in the gig, as has famous virgin Colton Underwood.

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Wills, though, knows he would stand out because he has a great sense of humor, an outsized personality and, yes, because he's African-American.

Let's be honest here, right?

Rachel Lindsay became the first-ever person of color to be The Bachelorette a couple years ago and Reid thinks it's time this fellow ABC franchise followed suit.

“There’s no time like the present," he says, adding:

"I feel like I would be a great first, and just to be the first African-American anything in a positive light would bring honor to myself and my family forever.

"I would welcome that challenge 125 percent."

Would you welcome Wills in this role?

Or would you prefer one of the other gentlemen listed below?

The Bachelor & The Bachelorette: The Most Shocking Exits Ever!

In the past 15 years, The Bachelor & Bachelorette have given us plenty of shockers, from emotional meltdowns to twists we never saw coming.

Usually, these events result - or stem from - an elimination.

Or a dramatic departure of one's own volition. Or someone being asked to leave by the show itself. Or just a really, really bad breakup.

With the TV cameras rolling, obviously. Not even The Bachelor spoilers or Bachelorette spoilers can prepare you for this kind of drama.

Suddenly it's no surprise that this franchise has left a mark on the genre, airing for more than THIRTY-FIVE seasons, with no end in sight.

The men, women and moments featured on this list made their way onto it for very diverse reasons. Often through no fault of their own.

All provided images we won't soon forget, however ... at least not 'til the next season airs on ABC and we update this list once again.

Where does this week's Bachelorette season finale, and its devastating heartbreak for Blake Horstmann, place in our rankings?

What about this spring's two-part shocker - which saw Becca Kufrin win The Bachelor, only to be dumped for Lauren Burnham?

Or for so many other famous faces from years' past?

Here's a look back at those and other stunning exits in the turbulent, nearly decade-and-a-half history of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette ...

1. DeAnna Pappas AND Jenni Croft

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The one that started it all: Brad Womack rejected Jenni Croft on his season finale, and looked poised to propose to fan favorite DeAnna Pappas ... who he ALSO rejected! No matter what stunners took place in subsequent years - and we've seen a bunch, including the most recent finale - walking away with nothing and breaking two hearts AT THE FINAL ROSE CEREMONY remains the least expected (and least popular) move in franchise history.

2. Becca Kufrin

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It wasn't just that Arie Luyendyk Jr. got engaged to Becca Kufrin on the finale, then broke it off within a matter of weeks. We've seen that many times before. It wasn't even that he went back to Lauren Burnham, his season's runner-up, in the wake of that broken engagement. Jason Mesnick (scroll down) pulled that one off too. But the way in which Arie ended things with Becca - blindsiding her with cameras rolling, and ABC airing the 40-minute scene uncut - nearly took the top spot on this list. Just savage. Fortunately for Becca, she'll have a chance at love again as The Bachelorette this summer.

3. Jason Mesnick

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DeAnna Pappas became The Bachelorette, and threw fans for a loop by rejecting beloved single father Jason Mesnick, who was so smitten with her, in favor of Jesse Csincsak ... who she stayed engaged to for like two weeks.

4. Melissa Rycroft

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Jason Mesnick upped the ante on both Brad and DeAnna in the finale night shocker department. After getting engaged to Melissa Rycroft on his season finale, he dumped her ... on the After the Final Rose special, in favor of runner-up Molly Malaney! At least this one had a happy ending, though: Jason and Molly are happily married, and have a beautiful daughter.

5. Peter Kraus

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Peter Kraus, the runner-up on Rachel Lindsay's season of The Bachelorette, may well have won the thing if he had just been ready to propose. Many fans felt winner Bryan Abasolo was her real second choice, or even a rebound. We shall see - and also see if Peter will become the next Bachelor.

6. Lauren Burnham

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Lauren Burnham, of course, ended up engaged to Arie Luyendyk Jr., but not before being dispatched in a season finale twist that triggered his shocking reversal. Lauren had finally opened up to Arie for the first time on their final date, setting off an internal conflict that led him to get engaged to Becca Kufrin while still pining for Lauren.
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The Bachelor 2019: Who Will It Be?!?

Becca Kufrin has made her choice.

Now, therefore, it is time for ABC to make its choice.

With The Bachelorette having decided to marry Garrett Yrigoyen for some reason, attention now turns to the next season in this franchise.

Specifically, just who network executives will select to be the next Bachelor?

We've listed a few of the leading contenders below, along with a list of individuals who we think could be ideal for the role...

1. Who is Eligible to Be the Bachelor?

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Absolutely anyone, of course. Typically, however, producers choose from a pool of suitors who were sent home by the previous Bachelorette, narrowing down the list of realistic possibilities to a handful of hopefuls.

2. The Field is Wide Open This Year

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"The audience is the silent producer of this show. We want to see who people want to see as The Bachelor,'" Rob Mills, ABC’s SVP of alternative series, specials & late-night programming, has told Variety. "There are several candidates, and there’s no consensus from the audience. People have pros and cons on several people. We also want to see when we start talking to girls who will be in the potential cast, who they like."

3. So... Who is on the Table?

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Garrett is off the table because he's now engaged to Becca. But let's delve into the other options from The Bachelorette Season 14, shall we?

4. Blake Horstmann

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The runner-up would be the logical choice as the Bachelor. But Blake never seemed to really pop, for lack of a better word. Nice guy. Decent guy. But would he really being eyeballs?

5. Jason Tartick

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Now HERE is a fan favorite. He admitted to feeling totally "empty" after being dumped by Becca and has been lauded by fans for his candor and his honesty.

6. Wills

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Wills stood out for his fashion as much as anything else on The Bachelorette. Said Mills to Variety: "Wills had a massive following and had a very different approach. His reactions sometimes to some of the guys was priceless. He really called it like it was, and that could be very interesting to see, in terms of dating 25 women. He is also probably the most stylist person we’ve ever had on the history of the show."
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Jason Tartick: Should He Be the Next Bachelor?

Right now, Jason Tartick is dealing with some bad news.

Before even receiving an invite into her Fantasy Suite, the third-place finisher on Season 14 of The Bachelorette was sent packing by Becca Kufrin.

Ouch, we know.

But we therefore have some great news for Jason Tartick:

He's in line to be the next Bachelor!

Even before getting dissed and dismissed in this manner by Becca, Jason had established himself as a fan favorite.

Does this mean he'll be ABC's next Bachelor and finally have control over his own romantic destiny? We really hope so.

Learn more about Jason and why he should be selected for this role by Chris Harrison and company below...

1. The Poor Guy

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Nice, funny, easy going, candid. Jason appeared to have it all. But Becca just couldn't picture herself marrying him, which is why she cut him loose in Thailand before even having sex with him.

2. She Did It in a Harsh Manner, Too

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This photo basically served as a kiss goodbye, as Becca actually stepped away from a date with Jason to think about her feelings... only to return and send him home.

3. The Split Left Her Shook

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"He's such a good guy. I've dated terrible people in the past, and he's such a good person," Becca cried after telling the camera she dumped Jason, even comparing it to the way Arie broke her heart on national television.

4. The Perfect Response

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This is how Jason responded to his dumping: "I came into this rooting for your happiness and I will always be rooting for your happiness." Amazing, right?

5. Cue the Support!

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Within nanoseconds of this all going down, fans were on social media, praying that ABC would choose Jason as the next Bachelor.

6. And Why Not, Right?!?

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It wasn't just that Jason took his heartbreak so well and so maturely. The 29-year old has been among our favorites from the moment we met him.
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Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham: Yes, We’re Still Getting Married!

While those of you who follow The Bachelorette Spoilers already know that Becca Kufrin finds her love (sort of), how is her disgraced ex Arie Luyendyk Jr. doing?

Well, Arie and Lauren announced their wedding date and location -- and their nuptials are only months away.

Now that the scandal of Arie's proposal has died down a little, they've finally taken some engagement photos. Take a look!

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham, Engagement Photo

Arie shared this photo in an Instagram post.

Arie captioned the pic, writing: "One step closer to the wedding :)"

Before you rip on him for being so old that he uses an emoticon instead of an emoji, remember that he's only 36 -- he just looks older.

"This is what life is all about," Arie continues. "Sharing these amazing moments with her."

He then reminds fans of the looming wedding date, writing: "Under 6 months until the big day!"

Lauren Burnham and Arie Luyendyk Jr. Engagement Photo

"It’s now just under six months till I marry this sweet man," Lauren Burnham writes uner her own engagement photo.

Some notice that hers focuses on their intimate bond, while Arie's choice of photo highlights how pretty Lauren is.

"He’s been the biggest blessing in my life," Lauren gushes. "Every single day."

Lauren then includes the tag: "#truelovewins"

If you say so, Lauren.

Lauren Burnham and Arie Luyendyk Jr. Buy a House

Arie and Lauren recently purchased a home together after a lot of considerations.

As you may recall, their first plan was to purchase a home that needed to be remodeled, but apparently Lauren was overwhelmed by it.

That is understandable. Upgrading an entire home only looks neat on television because we see the process in an hour.

So the two of them instead purchased a brand new home together and shared a photo on Instagram to celebrate.

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We mentioned that some had viewed their photos with a critical eye, but it may be unfair.

Others have also pointed out that Lauren, in the top engagement photo, is of course posing for a photograph rather than actually exclaiming in delight and joy.

They question how long a relationship is fated to last when one party is obviously so good at faking happiness and enthusiasm.

But honestly? This might be a little critical of Lauren. She does seem to be genuinely happy.

Besides, some argue that certain lies are the glue that holds relationships together.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham with Dogs

After weeks of teasing the idea of a summer wedding, Lauren and Arie finally settled on a date.

Their nuptials are scheduled for January 12, 2019. The ceremony will take place in Hawaii.

That's no summer wedding, but Hawaii's average January temperatures are in the 70s, so it should still be warm enough for everyone wearing a suit to beg for the chill mercy of death.

These engagement photos are a reminder to fans that these two are still together, regardless of what critics say.

They're also continuing their march towards the aisle. January will be here before we know it.

And, despite the circumstances of their engagement, some members of the Bachelor Nation cannot help but wonder if Arie and Lauren will be the ones to beat the odds.

The Bachelor & The Bachelorette Cast: Their Hottest Swimsuit Photos Ever!

The Bachelor and The Bachelorette do not lack for gorgeous women, and they do not lack for confidence when it comes to their looks.

Don't believe us?

Take a look at some of their most tantalizing, beauitful swimwear photos.

You're welcome, basically.

1. JoJo Fletcher in Black and White

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The Bachelorette leading lady of 2016, JoJo Fletcher, looks amazing in this halter top. Unfortunately, Jordan Rodgers also appears in this photo. Win some, lose some.

2. Desiree in a Bikini

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With photos like this, Desiree Hartsock will stop your heart. Or traffic. Chris Siegfried is a lucky man. Also, can you believe they are actually still together?! They're one of a select few couples from the series that has actually made this work!

3. The (Michelle) Money Shot

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The aptly-named Michelle Money was gold for the franchise. As one of the most attractive women ever to appear on it, she defied convention by becoming more likable with every appearance on The Bachelor's many summer spinoffs. That's hard to pull off.

4. Kaitlyn Bristowe in a Pink Bikini

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Kaitlyn Bristowe looks gorgeous in this bikini, though she usually prefers one-pieces. She and fiance Shawn Booth still haven't set the date yet, but she has frozen her eggs -- with the help of fertility nurse Whitney Bischoff, to whom she lost in Season 19. Wild.

5. That's So Raven (Gates)

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Raven Gates may have made waves with her revelation that she'd never had an orgasm, but she's still happily dating Adam Gottschalk after the two met on Season 4 of Bachelor in Paradise. Maybe he's doing something right.

6. Rachel Lindsay in a Black Top

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Rachel Lindsay was the franchise's first-ever black Bachelorette, and she is as gorgeous as she is smart. Some question her wisdom, after she dumped Peter Kraus for Bryan Abasolo, but no one questions her smarts or hotness.
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Lauren Bushnell: Ben Higgins Was a Disaster I Should Have Seen Coming

It's been a little over a year since Lauren Bushnell and Ben Higgins broke up.

While Ben left The Bachelor: Winter Games in tears not too long ago, Lauren is opening up about what it was really like leading up to and after her engagement to him.

In particular, she's revealing more than ever about her misgivings about their one-season spin-off.

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Speaking on Reality Steve's latest podcast, Lauren Bushnell describes exactly what it's like in the hours leading up to the filming of a The Bachelor finale.

"There's so much doubt in your mind."

It makes sense. When you're part of the final three, it must all become so real. A fun reality opportunity to get your 15 minutes of fame could set the course of your entire life.

"And I remember waking up that morning and I kind of had an idea that I was possibly going to get engaged and I remember having so much anxiety about it."

That is very natural.

"Looking back, I don't know if that was my gut being like, wait, timing-wise, this is too rushed or what."

Anxiety is a mysterious mistress who comes to us for good reason ... and for no reason at all.

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"But I remember being really anxious that morning to the point where like I kind of snapped at my producer, which I had never done."

Oh, yikes!

"We were super-close and good friends."

She says that she needed some isolation during which to psych herself up for going on camera and for the man who had told her "I love you" to very possibly propose.

"I remember locking myself in the bathroom and being so overwhelmed and anxious."

She wonders if she subconsciously realized that it would not end well.

"Now looking back, I wonder if it was my gut being like, this isn't the right timing. You guys need more time."

Or maybe she just had a case of the jitters.

"I don't know. Who knows?"

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And speaking of Lauren's reality career and anxiety, remember her short-lived spin-off with Ben? Lauren & Ben: Happily Ever After?

"Obviously we had lots of talks and by no means was my arm twisted to force me to do anything."

That said ... she has always said that embarking on yet another reality series doomed them, even though it was not the only issue.

"At the end of the day, I made my own decision."

Remember, they moved to Denver -- where Ben had a job, friends, and family. Lauren had ... nothing. Not even time with her fiance, thanks to the constant presence of cameras.

"But I remember initially the show was supposed to be about Ben running for office."

Oh boy.

"He wanted to get into politics."

This was not how Lauren had seen her life going at all.

"And not only did I not want to do a reality show, but I also really didn't want my life to be a politician's fiancée or wife or whatever."

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Remember how, just a few days after their breakup, Ben Higgins broke his silence and talked about their breakup?

Lauren sure does.

"I just don't think you should ever use or let anyone around you use a breakup or a tough situation or actual personal feelings or personal life to promote something or benefit off something or profit off something."

Ben used that to garner interest for his radio show.

"It just makes me feel uncomfortable…"

Very understandable. Especially since doing so allowed Ben to define the story in people's minds.

"I was automatically kind of the bad guy and he was kind of the victim so that was a hard pill to swallow."

That sounds so unfair.

"But at the end of the day, I'm glad I kept true to who I was..."

Lauren has obviously opened up about their life together -- and what went wrong. But she took her time. More than Ben did, anyway.

"I just don't think I'd necessarily talk about those things right away."

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Lauren also addresses whether, in some alternate timeline in which Ben proposed to JoJo Fletcher instead of to her, she would have accepted the role of leading lady on The Bachelorette.

"That's such a hard question. I don't know."

That's very honest.

"Honestly, I think I've realized this especially as I've gotten older, I do not like all eyes on me."

But that doesn't necessarily mean that she would have realized that at the time, right?

"I don't like all the attention to be on me. I would feel really weird having 20 guys competing for my attention and I think I would really, really struggle with that."

Ah, yes, every beautiful woman's nightmare.

(We tease -- we totally understand her discomfort)

Arie Luyendyk, Jr.: The Bachelor EDITED Me to Make Me Look Cruel! I Feel BETRAYED!

One can only imagine the betrayal that Becca Kufrin must have felt during Arie's brutal breakup, all captured on camera and broadcast to the world.

But now, Arie is speaking up -- about his decision to dump Becca and propose to Lauren. And the decision to film it.

And as it turns out, Arie says that he feels betrayed -- by the producers. He claims that things were "completely edited."

Arie and Becca on After the Final Rose

In a new interview with GQ, Arie tells the interviewer that he was "haunted" by the thought that, in choosing Becca, he'd allowed his soul mate to slip away.

So he called Lauren on New Year's Eve.

"As soon as I heard her voice," he says.

"I knew that I had to end things with Becca."

Instead of simply breaking things off with Becca, though, Arie apparently went to producers first.

He says that they were the ones who pitched bringing in cameras.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham with Dogs

Arie says that these silver-tongued producers talked him into bringing in the cameras by promising him that this was the best way to move forward.

By filming it, they allegedly told him, he would be able to show the Bachelor Nation that he was just being honest to his feelings while being respectful of Becca's.

Arie says that they told him:

"'Then we can show you going back to Lauren, and people are going to rally behind you because you took this big risk and you did it for love.'"

He says that the producers persuaded him by assuring him that people would be on his side.

"'At the end of the day, people will just want to see you happy.'"

Obviously, very few people are invested in Arie's happiness these days, even though he and Lauren have announced their wedding date and venue.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham, Iceland Trip

"You've got to understand," Arie tells the interviewer. "These people were my friends."

This, he says, is why he trusted them. But he now feels "100 percent" betrayed.

Then, Arie has some damning words to share about the actual breakup scene with Becca.

You know, the one hailed as "the first completely unedited scene in reality television history" by ABC's promotions?

Arie says that this was hogwash.

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"It was completely edited," he accuses.

The 40 minute segment was agonizing to watch, and he suggests that it was intended to be that way from the beginning.

"I was told to stay on that couch."

We guess that we know what Arie would do if the Milgram experiment were performed today.

"I tried to leave, and then production was like, 'You need to go back inside. She's finally calming down. I feel like you owe it to her to have this conversation.'"

Good advice? Maybe not. But production's job is to make good television, not to be your life coach.

"So then I went back in the house."

He confirms that production tried to discourage him from leaving.

"Yeah. I left, came back. I stepped away from the couch, I went back to the couch."

But the Bachelor Nation didn't see that part.

"They cut out, obviously, production talking to me from 10 feet away."

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Kiss

Arie says that, by editing out their instructions for him to remain, the resulting video "was super unfair to me."

But he does acknowledge that, you know, this is how reality television works.

"It's their job to make it entertaining for people."

It is interesting to hear that Arie is trying to cast of blame to make himself look better.

Just because something was someone else's suggestion doesn't mean that you are blameless for doing it.

And they would have had to try harder to make him look insensitive if he had come across as more compassionate.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham: We Bought a House!!

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham have already set the date for their upcoming nuptials. Thanks to some heavy hints, most fans are expecting a TV wedding.

But this controversial couple has some more practical things to address before the world hate-watches their wedding ceremony.

They've bought a house. But choosing the right one wasn't easy.

Love Them or Hate Them...

Speaking to Us Weekly, Arie Luyendyk Jr. discusses buying a house with fiancee Lauren Burnham.

"Buying a house is obviously another huge step in our relationship."

It sure is. It's also considered to be one of the most stressful experiences that a person can undergo.

But Arie sounds thrilled.

"And we are excited to really make this our home."

They settled on a brand new house, for reasons that Arie explains.

"It was built this year and we can’t wait to move in!"

Since the new home has 2,607 square feet of space, we can understand why.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Kiss

The couple apparently looked at nearly 70 properties before settling on the one that they wanted!

Arie and Lauren must have really wanted to be sure that they picked the right house.

(Or maybe just Arie did ... Arie has famously been accused of not liking women who have strong opinions and many in the Bachelor Nation believe that he calls the shots in the relationship)

They apparently considered purchasing a home that would be a real fixer-upper, but Arie says that they ruled that out.

"Lauren was completely overwhelmed."

Which is why they settled on a very new home. It will be less personalized (because they won't be doing a bunch of upgrades right away), but also less of a headache.

They apparently made an offer on the first home before changing their minds, which is starting to look like a pattern for Arie. But perhaps it's just a coincidence.

Arie and Lauren and a Dog

Arie says that it was love at first sight. With the house, we mean. He's clearly less decisive about women.

"From the minute I walked into this house, I had a good feeling."

Lauren apparently took a little longer to fall head over heels for the house that they selected.

But she got heart eyes when she saw the home's master closet.

If you've ever watched any show about renovations or home-buying (or both!), or if you've gone through that process yourself, you know how one feature of an already good home can really make you light up with excitement.

Arie Proposing to Lauren

Us Weekly says that Arie and Lauren also kept their "furry friends" in mind when selecting the house.

To be clear, they mean their dogs, Dallas and Bastain. They're not talking about dudes in fox costumes.

Lauren explains:

"Our dogs are very excited. They are each going to have their own room …"

She doesn't necessarily mean that literally.

"I mean it does have four bedrooms. And, a big backyard to run around in, too."

You know, they say that a lot of Millennials who switch from apartments to houses do so because they're motivated to get large yards for their dogs.

Lauren is a Millennial. Despite looking like a Gen Xer, Arie is on the older side of Millennials, too. Just saying.

Arie and Lauren After the Final Rose

Lauren also talks about how it was totally easy to say goodbye to her friends and uproot her entire existence to go be with Arie.

"Arizona has been a really easy adjustment for me as I’ve moved around my whole life."

She says that Arie's been helping her to adjust to the change in scenery.

"It has been fun exploring the area and Arie is a really good tour guide, so that helps."

There are some who say that human settlements in Arizona should not exist, because of the horrifying weather. But Lauren seems to be fine with it.

"I’ve been making friends and trying to get settled in but we really haven’t been here all that long yet."

Well, she's pretty and she's also famous. Those are two great ingredients for making friends immediately.

Her husband may not be well-liked by the Bachelor Nation, but he's made a name for himself in his hometown.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham: Headed to Marriage Boot Camp?

As Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham's wedding date looms, a lot of fans -- and haters -- can't help but wonder if Arie's going to change his mind again. It's not unprecedented, after all.

However, Arie and Lauren sat down with Dr. Ish and Dr. V from Marriage Boot Camp recently.

Those counselors, experts in relationships and the signs that they are doomed, are dishing on what they observed.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham, Marriage Boot Camp

The controversial couple was spotted dining with Marriage Boot Camp counselors Dr. V and Dr. Ish at the Arizona Biltmore, a Hilton Hotels' Waldorf Astoria resort.

(Disclaimer, the Arizona Biltmore is part of the "Biltmore Hotel" chain, and not affiliated with the Vanderbilt family or the actual Biltmore Estate)

People spoke to the counselors about Arie and Lauren's relationship and what the two experts had observed about the two of them.

Dr. Ish said:

"When I see Arie and Lauren, I see a couple who’s both in love and happy to be together."

He continued, pointing out that this was a special situation that bodes well for thier future.

"Which is great for them because sometimes both of those things don’t always happen at once."

That makes sense. Sometimes people who are in love drive each other up the wall.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham with Marriage Boot Camp Counselors

Dr. Ish continued his assessment, speaking about the nonverbal signals that he had detected between the two of them.

"They held hands and sat close to each other the entire time."

So it doesn't necessarily take an expert to decipher that they are affectionate.

"That body language says to me that they are literally into each other.​"

Dr. V's commentary was a bit more succinct.

"They seemed genuinely happy."

Arie Proposing to Lauren

Arie is the sort of person who looks like he has the voice of a Game of Thrones villain but actually has the voice of a villain from a romantic comedy set at any American beach in 1997.

So we can't say that it was a huge surprise to the Bachelor Nation that he didn't win as huge of a fanbase as some previous stars have during his season.

But until the information first leaked, few suspected that Arie was going to ditch the winner just weeks after he'd proposed to her on camera so that he could go running back to his runner-up.

And no one in their wildest nightmares imaged that Arie would invite ABC's cameras to witness his cruel breakup from Becca Kufrin.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Kiss

But he and Lauren seem genuinely happy with each other.

Based upon the assessment by Arie's ex, Bekah Martinez, it sounds like he weeded out the women who were more assertive.

He settled on Lauren in the end, who was infamous during the season for not having spoken very much in contrast to her fellow contestants.

So it seems safe to say that Arie prefers to take the lead in his relationships. Which ... says a lot about him.

It's really no surprise that Lauren is coming to live with Arie in Arizona instead of the two of them finding a new place to live.

Here's a question: Does she even know anyone else in Scottsdale who isn't Arie?

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham in Iceland

There was a time when Marriage Boot Camp was a show reserved for, you know, couples who were struggling romantically.

These days, it sometimes seems to be about reality couples who want more exposure.

Which could make it a perfect next stop for Arie and Lauren. The Bachelor Nation is huge, and surely at least some of people would tune in, if only to hate-watch.

But this sit-down may have just been a mutually beneficial photo-op and nothing more. Only time will tell.

Besides, at the moment, Arie and Lauren are busy planning their wedding -- they don't really have time to schedule a TV appearance.

Aside from their TV wedding, that is.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham: Wedding Date Revealed!

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and his fiancee Lauren Burnham have made it clear that they intend to get married ASAP

But though they've spoken about possibilities for their upcoming wedding, they haven't announced any concrete plans.

Now, thanks to one fan's snooping, the Bachelor Nation knows some details. Including a wedding date.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham in Iceland

Reddit may be infamous as a cesspool for incels and people with horrifying political views, but it's mostly a gathering place for people with shared interests.

For example, fans who are really, really devoted to The Bachelor. Members of the Bachelor Nation who don't just watch the show, but who actively engage in the online community.

Some of those fans dig up information ... and then these junior detectives share it with the world.

One cyber-sleuth found what appears to be a wedding registry on The Knot for Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham's wedding.

Yes, it includes the date.

Take a look:

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham Registry

Note the date -- June 28th.

That's not even three months from now.

While this isn't confirmed through an official announcement just yet, this was found through a link in Lauren's old registry from her previous engagement.

So it appears to be legit.

What's more, it totally fits with what we've heard about their wedding intentions.

Arie and Lauren and a Dog

For starters, June 28th certainly qualifies as a summer wedding, which is what Lauren ... and Lauren's mother ... have talked about in interviews.

Admittedly, that's only a week into the summer, as this year's Summer Solstice is June 21.

But in Arizona -- pretty much anywhere in Arizona -- it will feel like summer is already in full force.

Additionally, Lauren and Arie have made it clear that they plan to tie the knot soon.

Nothing says soon quite like not even four months after the world saw their proposal.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Kiss

Fans can speculate about why Lauren might be eager to get married. She might, for example, worry that Arie will dump her like he dumped Becca and go back for someone else.

We've already seen Arie's post-Bachelor DMs, because Bekah Martinez is a delight and has zero chill.

Arie, in turn, may have his own reasons for racing to the altar.

Perhaps he's just going along with his fiancee's wishes.

Or maybe he's really just that eager to seal the deal now that he's now, allegedly, found love.

But some can't help but wonder if he's just hoping to capitalize on his fame (or infamy) before it fades. Which would include a TV wedding.

Love Them or Hate Them...

It sounds like Arie and Lauren want a TV wedding almost as much as Lauren's parents do.

A TV wedding could mean that ABC would pick up at least most of the tab -- or perhaps all of it.

Some celebrities actually get paid for the presence of cameras at their nuptials, but Arie and Lauren might not be quite big-league enough for that.

Still ... is the Bachelor Nation going to watch these two tie the knot? If so, will they be hate-watching it?

Or will seeing Becca Kufrin look for love on The Bachelorette make them warm up to Arie and Lauren's relationship?

Because The Bachelorette premieres on May 28 ... exactly one month before the date listed on that registry.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham: Wedding Date Revealed!

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and his fiancee Lauren Burnham have made it clear that they intend to get married ASAP

But though they've spoken about possibilities for their upcoming wedding, they haven't announced any concrete plans.

Now, thanks to one fan's snooping, the Bachelor Nation knows some details. Including a wedding date.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham in Iceland

Reddit may be infamous as a cesspool for incels and people with horrifying political views, but it's mostly a gathering place for people with shared interests.

For example, fans who are really, really devoted to The Bachelor. Members of the Bachelor Nation who don't just watch the show, but who actively engage in the online community.

Some of those fans dig up information ... and then these junior detectives share it with the world.

One cyber-sleuth found what appears to be a wedding registry on The Knot for Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham's wedding.

Yes, it includes the date.

Take a look:

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham Registry

Note the date -- June 28th.

That's not even three months from now.

While this isn't confirmed through an official announcement just yet, this was found through a link in Lauren's old registry from her previous engagement.

So it appears to be legit.

What's more, it totally fits with what we've heard about their wedding intentions.

Arie and Lauren and a Dog

For starters, June 28th certainly qualifies as a summer wedding, which is what Lauren ... and Lauren's mother ... have talked about in interviews.

Admittedly, that's only a week into the summer, as this year's Summer Solstice is June 21.

But in Arizona -- pretty much anywhere in Arizona -- it will feel like summer is already in full force.

Additionally, Lauren and Arie have made it clear that they plan to tie the knot soon.

Nothing says soon quite like not even four months after the world saw their proposal.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Kiss

Fans can speculate about why Lauren might be eager to get married. She might, for example, worry that Arie will dump her like he dumped Becca and go back for someone else.

We've already seen Arie's post-Bachelor DMs, because Bekah Martinez is a delight and has zero chill.

Arie, in turn, may have his own reasons for racing to the altar.

Perhaps he's just going along with his fiancee's wishes.

Or maybe he's really just that eager to seal the deal now that he's now, allegedly, found love.

But some can't help but wonder if he's just hoping to capitalize on his fame (or infamy) before it fades. Which would include a TV wedding.

Love Them or Hate Them...

It sounds like Arie and Lauren want a TV wedding almost as much as Lauren's parents do.

A TV wedding could mean that ABC would pick up at least most of the tab -- or perhaps all of it.

Some celebrities actually get paid for the presence of cameras at their nuptials, but Arie and Lauren might not be quite big-league enough for that.

Still ... is the Bachelor Nation going to watch these two tie the knot? If so, will they be hate-watching it?

Or will seeing Becca Kufrin look for love on The Bachelorette make them warm up to Arie and Lauren's relationship?

Because The Bachelorette premieres on May 28 ... exactly one month before the date listed on that registry.

Arie Luyendyk and Lauren Burnham: Utterly Destroyed for April Fool’s Pregnancy Joke!

Note to Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham:

There are appropriate April Fool's Day jokes to make regarding pregnancy...

... and there are inappropriate April Fool's Day jokes to make regarding pregnancy.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Kiss

Next time, ask The Hollywood Gossip for advice, okay?

On Sunday, the most controversial Bachelor-based couple of all-time stepped in scalding hot water when it joked that Burnham was expecting.

It wasn't just a mere, passing joke, either.

It can replete with an alleged baby bump photo and everything.

“Secrets finally out, we have a bunny in the oven! @laurenburnham91,” Arie wrote on Twitter alongside an image of a female, presumed to be his fiancee, clutching what looked like a baby bump.

See for yourself here:

bunny in oven

Not even two hours later, however, Arie let followers in on his unoriginal joke.

APRIL FOOLS, he quickly Tweeted, barely even giving the prank time to go viral.

kidding!

But it went viral enough, apparently, because plenty of Internet users found it incredibly offensive and insensitive -- and they let Arie and Lauren have it online.

Big time.

“You both are disgusting," wrote one individual, adding:

"As someone who struggles with fertility and would love nothing more than to have a baby this is so offensive."

That was the basic theme of all the backlash; how Arie and Lauren turned a serious personal issue for millions of women into a source of parody.

"Come on. be better than that," another person wrote, explaining herself thusly:

"it’s not a joke for many struggling families to get pregnant, it’s extremely expensive and it’s heartbreaking. I wish nothing but the best for Arie and Lauren but this is not funny, it’s cruel."

Here's a look at a few similar opinions shared on social media about this topic:

hating on Arie

Arie, of course, is no stranger to receiving hate over the Internet.

He selected a different woman from Lauren on the finale of The Bachelor this season, only to them dump her in the most dramatic fashion possible and then propose to Lauren a night after said finale aired.

It was bonkers!

And while some may think the reaction to their April Fool's Day prank was a bit over-the-top, it's understandable why so many people have simply had it with this couple.

They'd be best served to just remain silent for awhile.

Instead, they are in our face at all times with televised marriage talk and very bad jokes.

Nor do Arie and Lauren appear to be feel guilty about this distasteful Tweet, either.

dutch baby

Seemingly in response to the backlash, backlash, Arie shared the above photo of a recipe on his Instagram story and wrote;

“Sorry if you were offended, but we really are making a Dutch Baby.”

That's just painfully insincere and even more painfully unfunny.

We wonder now how fans will react when Lauren really does get pregnant, a development she expects to happen at some point with her lame fiance.

“We’re both very excited about marriage and starting a family,” Burnham previously told People Magazine.

“If we get lucky, maybe we’d have twins!” Arie said in this same interview.

And if we get lucky, maybe we'll never hear from Luyendyk again.

The Bachelor & Bachelorette Couples: Who’s Still Together?

The Bachelor's 2018 season came to a close with Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Becca Kufrin engaged and totally, utterly, blissfully in love.

Or something. According to The Bachelor spoilers, that relationship would end and he would spurn Becca for runner-up Lauren Burnham.

This turned out to be correct.

Arie and Becca lasted a matter of weeks, and his breakup with her was filmed for the world to see. Raw. Unedited. Uncut.

Didn't see that twist coming, though Arie's reputation preceded him, and we can't say this bodes well for Lauren B. either.

Will they be a new golden couple for the show, 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, Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi? Or ... Arie and Becca?

Sorry, too soon.

The point is, we can't help but wonder as we ponder the future: Who is still living happily ever after at this point? Who is not?

You don't need The Bachelor or The Bachelorette spoilers to tell you that the "made it" list is a lot shorter than the other.

Take a look at notable duos from The Bachelor and Bachelorette and see whether they're still together since the show:

1. Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham

Arie luyendyk jr and lauren burnham in iceland
Yes, Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham are still together. Right now. For the moment. As of this report. It's only been a few weeks since they've gone public, however, and needless to say, the consensus is that Becca Kufrin dodged a bullet and that Lauren might have her heart broken next. We're not rooting for that sad outcome, but just saying ... it's Arie.

2. Rachel Lindsay and Bryan Abasolo

Rachel lindsay engagement ring
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.

3. Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi

Nick and vanessa on atfr
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.

4. JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers

Jordan rodgers and jojo fletcher after the final rose
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.

5. Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell

Ben higgins and lauren b
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

6. Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth

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?
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