By Faith Quist, junior writing coach
WOW!! What a year it has been for Bachelor Nation! I’m going to be honest, I had such a headache trying to compile everything that went down this year because THERE’S SO MUCH. But nonetheless, here is your Bachelor Nation 2018 Year In Review!!
This February, Carly Waddell and Evan Bass who met on Season 3 of Bachelor in Paradise, gave birth to their first child, Isabella “Bella” Bass!
Not long after, Sean and Catherine Lowe from The Bachelor season 17, introduced their second son, Isaiah Lowe. Sean Lowe remains the only Bachelor to marry the woman he gave his final rose to.
Only 6 days later did Ali Fedotowsky (The Bachelorette season 6) and her husband Kevin Manno, give birth to their second child, a son named Riley Manno.
In July, Season 9 Bachelorette, Desiree Hartsock, and her husband Chris Siegfried announced that they were expecting their second son in January of 2019!
A baby is on the way for Bekah Martinez (Bachelor season 22) who in September, announced that she was pregnant with her first child.
One of the most shocking moments this year is when Bachelor season 22, Arie Luyendyk Jr. and fiancée Lauren Burnham announced in November that they are expecting their first child in June 2019.
We Found Love In A Hopeless Place
Of course there can’t be Bachelor Nation without love. Here are all the relationships that formed this year.
My personal favorite is Joe Amabile (aka Grocery Store Joe) and Kendall Long who met on Bachelor in Paradise season 5. Though they had an emotionally charged breakup on the show, they got back together post-production. Joe was on Dancing With The Stars season 27 where he lived in L.A. with Kendall. So cute!!
Another couple who met on Season 5 of Bachelor in Paradise was Astrid Loch and Kevin Wendt who also broke up on the show but got back together afterwards! We wish them all the best!
BiP5 saw the engagement of Chris Randone and Krystal Nielson. As both villains on their respective seasons, they managed to find love in a hopeless place. Congrats to them on a hopefully beautiful and long marriage!
Angela Amezcua and Clay Harbour were an unlikely pairing that came to light this year, but they are totes adorbs!! Though they never appeared on the same Bachelor franchise show together, they found love in the real world.
And last but certainly not least, who can forget about our Minnesota girl Becca Kufrin, The Bachelorette season 22, who got engaged to Garrett Yrigoyen. Hopefully we’ll see a wedding in Minnesota soon! (Can I ask for an invitation?)
What is love? Baby don’t hurt me, no more…
Sadly, you can’t have love without some pain. This year we also saw some very sad breakups.
To kick off our 2018, Season 22 Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr. proposed to Becca Kufrin… only to breakup with her weeks later and ask runner-up, Lauren Burnham, to take him back. Arie later proposed to Lauren on After The Final Rose in March.
To follow suit, Clare Crawley and Benoit Beauséjour-Savard who met on the inaugural Bachelor Winter Games, announced they ended their engagement after only 7 weeks; one of the shortest engagements in Bachelor franchise history.
In April, Dean Unglert and Lesley Murphy from Bachelor Winter Games announced their split, but honestly, can any of us say we were surprised?
One of the saddest breakups is that of BiP4, Derek Peth and Taylor Nolan, who called it quits on their engagement after one year. We were really rooting for them 😦
We heard the rumors and hoped they weren’t true, but in November, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth from the Bachelorette season 19, announced the end of their 3 year engagement. Bachelor Nation truly thought we’d be hearing wedding bells soon.
I. Am. SHOOKETH.
You can’t have a year without any surprises. Here are the top surprises from 2018 that left us totally shooketh.
Arie Pulls A Jason Mesnick
In 2009, Season 13 Bachelor Jason Mesnick revealed that he was still in love with his runner up, Molly Melaney, and subsequently ended his engagement to Melissa Rycroft.
I guess history is ought to repeat itself again. In January, Arie and Becca announced their decision to end their engagement after Arie admitted he was still in love with his runner up, Lauren Burnham. After ending his engagement, Arie and Lauren immediately got back together and he proposed in March on After The Final Rose. Luckily, all couples involved have found their happy endings. Jason and Molly married in 2010 and now have a 5 year old daughter, Riley. Melissa is also happily married with kids. It seems Arie, Becca, and Lauren will meet the same fates. Arie and Lauren are set to marry on January 12th in Hawaii with their first child due in June. Meanwhile, Becca was chosen to be the Season 14 Bachelorette where she got engaged to Garrett Yrigoyen. All is well in Bachelor Nation… well, for the most part.
The Jenna Cooper and Jordan Kimball Scandal
Oh my, help me as I try to explain this. Jenna and Jordan met on BiP5 where Jordan dropped down onto one knee and proposed, to which Jenna said “Yes!”. There was laughter and cheers and many congratulations! Only to be shattered a day before the BiP5 finale when RealitySteve released text message screenshots that exposed Jenna who allegedly cheated on Jordan and said to use him as a way to advance her own career. Jordan declared heartbreak, Jenna denied the claims, and Bachelor Nation was in a frenzy. Jordan ended their engagement, Jenna vowed to prove her innocence. Jenna then took legal action against RealitySteve and Jordan, and provided forensic evidence that those screenshots were fabricated. She also claimed that it was JORDAN who framed her. Of course, Jordan and RealitySteve vehemently denied these claims. After weeks of he-said-she-said, Bachelor Nation just sat back with their popcorn.
The Most Surprising Engagement of the Century
When in March, Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon announced they were dating, my JAW. DROPPED. If you are truly apart of Bachelor Nation, you would know the 3 year long Ashley I. and Jared saga. Ashley I. was on Bachelor season 19 while Jared was on the succeeding Bachelorette season 11. They formally met on BiP2 where Ashley I. declared her love for Jared… only to be friendzoned for the first time. Ashley I. and Jared reunited the next year on BiP3 where Ashley once again declared her love for Jared, only
to be friendzoned… again. In the famous words of multi-Bachelor seasons, Nick Viall, “Ashley, you will never be with Jared”. It was all intended in good spirit to help his friend move on from the seemingly never-going-to-happen relationship. Sadly though, Nick said what was on all of our minds (except Ashley’s, of course). Following BiP3, Ashley and Jared’s friendship was almost headed to the dumps. In February 2016 at BiP3 couple’s Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert’s wedding, Ashley once again, declared her love for Jared, only to have her feelings not returned…again. Poor Ashley 😥 Finally on Winter Games, Ashley I. met Kevin Wendt who became the first guy to take her mind off Jared, and they dated after the show ended. Then Jared panicked, realized he was about to lose what he could’ve had 3 years ago, and decided to run to Ashley and declared his love for her. Now poor Kevin didn’t stand a chance. Fast forward a few months and Jared is down on one knee proposing to Ashley. Though their love story sounds disingenuous, if you watch their YouTube video online, it is quite endearing and they clearly in love. Congrats Ashley I. and Jared!
We can hope to see an engagement between Raven Gates and Adam Gottschalk who met on BiP4. We can also hopefully see a wedding for Bachelorette season 13, Rachel Lindsay and Bryan
Abasolo who are to get married sometime in the next half year. Though they are taking their time, Bachelor Nation can only hope to hear wedding bells for season 12 Bachelorette, JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers. Bachelor Nation can also expect to see Ashley I. and Jared tie the knot sometime in late 2019 or early 2020.
Following Becca’s season of the Bachelorette, Colton Underwood was announced as ABC’s Season 23 Bachelor. With the season premiere on January 7th, we can only expect laughter, drama, many tears, and hopefully: love. Good luck, Colton!
Pheeeeewwww!! We got through it! Bachelor Nation saw a lot this 2018 year, and this is only a sliver! We can only imagine what to expect in 2019. Well Bachelor Nation, until next year…