While some roses stand the test of time, others wilt before the Neil Lane engagement ring can be resized.
The Bachelor premiered on ABC in March 2002 with Alex Michel dubbed the world’s most eligible Bachelor. More than 20 women competed for his heart and one of the most successful reality TV franchises was born. The following year, The Bachelorette debuted. Since the show’s initial premiere in 2002, 35 men and women have been named the Bachelor or Bachelorette. (Brad Womack remains the only star to lead the series more than once!)As of January 2019, approximately 34 percent of the former stars are currently married to someone who they did not meet on the show, 29 percent are still single, 17 percent are married to their significant other from the series, 8.5 percent are engaged to the winner from their season, 8.5 percent are in a relationship with someone not from the franchise and 3 percent have gotten divorced from someone outside the franchise.
Scroll through for an update on every Bachelor and Bachelorette lead:Alex Michel
Alex has kept a low-profile since starring as the very first Bachelor in 2002. After giving his final rose to Amanda Marsh in the finale — and opting not to propose — the pair went their separate ways after several months of dating. He currently resides in New York City, works as a media industry executive and appears to be single.
After popping the question to Helene Eksterowicz during the season 2 finale of The Bachelor in 2002, the twosome called it quits weeks after the last episode aired. Nearly seven years later, Aaron married Angye McIntosh in August 2009. They share a daughter named Aven.
“My wife Angye and our two younger daughters live in Springfield, Missouri. Our oldest daughter lives in Kansas City. This has definitely been a busy year for us!” Aaron tells Us exclusively. “We just finished building our home and merged our family owned bank with Legacy Bank and Trust here in Springfield. We have been incredibly blessed. I continue to remain out of the ‘spotlight’ and continue to focus on my career and family life. I appreciate and cherish the memories I have from my days on The Bachelor. Subsequently, I have had the opportunity to take part in some things I wouldn’t have gotten to do otherwise.”Andrew Firestone
Andrew got down on one knee during the season 3 finale of The Bachelor in 2003 and proposed to Jen Schefft. The pair split several months after the finale aired and Andrew went on to marry Ivana Bozilovic in 2008. The couple share three kids. Sixteen years after his season aired, the former ABC star tells Us Weekly exclusively that he’s never been happier. “All is good here. Ivana and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary this past summer. Somehow she is still putting up with me! All the kiddo’s are doing great, Brooks, 9, Anja, 7, and Shane, 4, keep us busy running around to soccer/ballet/gymnastics/music/etc!” he explains. “Work is going really well and the company I co-founded, StonePark Capital, is completing construction on our 5th hotel in San Luis Obispo, California, to open in January of 2019.”
He adds: “I have bit more grey hair, I work harder for my bikini body, my wife and kids started a rumor that I snore at night … but I don’t think I have been happier in my life.”