Once The Bachelor is in love, engaged, and ready to put his rose-giving days behind him, does he — gulp — go back to his hum-drum regular life? Ben Higgins told Entertainment Tonight that he's headed back to Denver with fiancé Lauren — and back to his job as a software salesman. He's not the only Bachelor to return to his old job, but past Bachelor post-show jobs have varied among the chosen rose-bestowing men. In January, Ben tweeted that he was indeed still employed by the Colorado-based software company Talisys — and they've been supportive of his reality TV quest for true love.
Now that Ben has made his choice and proposed to Lauren, it's back to real life for the newly-engaged couple. They told Entertainment Tonight that Lauren, who works as a flight attendant, will relocate from Marina Del Rey, California, to Denver, Colorado, where Ben is based. And, believe it or not, Ben and Lauren said on the Today show that they are looking forward to enjoying some normal people things together — no cameras, roses, or Chris Harrison needed. "I think most of our days will consist of right now a lot of 'us time,'" Ben said. "We need that in the public and just going out to dates and going out to dinner and going grocery shopping is something she really wants to do."
Some Bachelors go back to their old jobs like Ben, and some remain in the public eye. Here's what some former Bachelor men have been doing for work after the show was over.
The former Texas-based insurance agent and college football star did not disappear from the public eye after his tenure on The Bachelorette and subsequently The Bachelor. Lowe and wife Catherine got married on TV in 2014, and he also appeared on the TV shows Celebrity Family Feud, Dancing with the Stars, Celebrity Wife Swap, and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Last year, his book For The Right Reasons became a New York Times bestseller.
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After the former soccer player's crazy season on The Bachelor, he's kept a low profile. Last year, Major League Baseball spotted Galavis a Kansas City Royals baseball spring training game in Arizona, where he was on a work trip as a representative for the Venezuelan Baseball Hall of Fame. According to the Kansas City Star, it's a job he's been doing since 2011.
In 2014, Flajnik tweeted that left his winery to pursue new opportunities. He's currently a co-founder of Fernet Francisco, an aromatic spirit based in San Francisco.
The former pilot has remained on reality TV since his Bachelor days, appearing on Dancing with the Stars, Bachelor Pad, Famous Food, Drop Dead Diva, and The Bold & The Beautiful.
The Austin bar owner has continued running bars in Texas as co-founder of the company Carmack Concepts, which operates three The Dogwood bar and restaurants, The Chuggin Monkey, and The Dizzy Rooster, according to the Austin Business Journal.
"Prince Farming" is still, well, farming in Iowa. He was also a contestant on Dancing with the Stars.
The former professional football player became a sports color commentator on the NFL Network, ABC, and ESPN. He also hosted Food Network's Food Truck Face Off, and appeared as a special contributor to Good Morning America.
The hot tub-loving tire company heir went on to found his own company during his post-Bachelor days. In 2014, Firestone founded StonePark Capital, a hospitality company that specializes in the development and acquisition of hotels, according to its website.
The Italian prince expanded his Royal Treatment pet cosmetic product line after being The Bachelor and debuted the Royal Pet Club, the online shop for the product line. In 2014, he launched RumGolf, a fashion and beer company making products aimed at men, according to Esquire.
The former mortgage broker hosted HGTV's Showhouse Showdown, GSN Live, and TLC's Date My House . He's also sings in a cover band called Band From TV, which includes actors like Greg Grunberg, Hugh Laurie, Scott Grimes, and Jesse Spencer. The band donates the proceeds from its performances to charity, according to its website. Guiney and Grimes have also toured and performed together.
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So no matter what, The Bachelor men seem to thrive even after handing out the final rose.