Say what you want about Bachelor in Paradise, there’s no denying it’s highly entertaining. But, if there's one thing you need to know about Bachelor in Paradise is that it's the best at producing couples that actually stay together long-term. Though The Bachelor and its spinoffs have always endured a bad rap for featuring couples that don’t seem to be interested in any sort of longevity after After the Final Rose, Bachelor in Paradise is actually better at forming lasting relationships than any of its predecessors. So put that in your pineapple and smoke it.
In my opinion, the premise of Bachelor in Paradise is what powers its success. The fact that these men and women have experienced romance and heartbreak in front of a national audience prior to stepping foot on the island primes them to have something quite rare in common with the people they're surrounded by. There's only a small percentage of people who have had to endure contests against 20 of their roommates to win the affections of an individual, so marooning them all together on an island seems like it would produce a successful upshot. Plus, it makes for incredible viewing for the rest of us in Bachelor Nation. Additionally, instead of a one-on-one date here and there like on The Bachelor and Bachelorette, BiP lets the couples hang out constantly over the filming period. More time together seems to equal better success off the show.
Here are some of the lasting couples to come from the shows first two seasons.
Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert
Jade and Tanner emerged from Bachelor in Paradise totally bonkers for each other, and I can't blame them. Both of the adorable humans were ready for love after being cast off their respective seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, and aren't Chris Soules and Kaitlyn Bristowe wishing they were sorry now? After properly dating for a few months following the wrap of Bachelor in Paradise, the two recently tied the knot in a ceremony that was aired on ABC on Valentine's Day of this year. Aww.
Marcus Grodd and Lacy Faddoul
The first-ever couples to get engaged on Bachelor in Paradise tied the knot during the Season 2 premiere. Marcus and Lacy fell in love and stayed in love — for a while, at least. There have been some rumors that the pair has broken up. Starpulse claims that Marcus and Lacy may have split based on the surprising lack of social media posts about each other, but, even if that's true, there's no denying that they made it further than a lot of Bachelor contestants and their partners.
Michelle Money and Cody Sattler
Michelle and Cody had a fairly commendable run before calling it quits and announcing their breakup in December 2014,
Samantha Steffen and Nick Peterson
Though they didn't quite make it to 38 years a la Samantha's parents, Samantha and Nick should pat themselves on the back for making it at all after all the drama surrounding them on the show. I was beyond impressed that they made it through filming, let alone several months after that. And, although they didn't work out, there's no reason to give up hope on the rest of the contestants on Bachelor in Paradise, past and future! After all, two seasons have produced two marriages which is a much better track record than its parent shows!
Images: ABC (2)