Back in 2007, “Bachelor” viewers were shocked when lame-oid Brad Womack decided not to choose either Jenni Croft or DeAnna Pappas in the final episode. Uh, didn’t he get that memo about the point of the show? DeAnna was totally heartbroken, but picked herself up and became “The Bachelorette.” Only she and her final choice—Jesse Csincsak—didn’t work out, either.
Now, DeAnna has found love for realz. And oddly enough, it happened because of “The Bachelor.” One of DeAnna’s good friends is Holly Durst, a contestant on “The Bachelor” who was let go by Matt Grant. (Bizarre side note: she also dated Jesse.) Holly later got together with Michael Stagliano, who tried to win over Jillian Harris on “The Bachelorette.” Holly and Michael decide to set up DeAnna with Michael’s twin, Stephen, and—shocker—it worked. DeAnna is currently home in Georgia, planning her wedding to Stephen, which will apparently be going down very soon. Before she left for the trip, Stephen tweeted, “The love of my life leaves me today to go home to Georgia : ( .” [Radar]
There’s something oddly inspiring about seeing someone who was crushed on “The Bachelor” find love in real life. After the jump, other folks who went from heartbroken to giddily happy in a very short time.Melissa Rycroft had one of the most disappointing runs on “The Bachelor” ever. After picking her and proposing in the final episode, Jason Mesnick changed his mind and very publicly dumped her for runner-up Molly Malaney on the “After the Final Rose” special. It was bad. Really, really bad. But Melissa leaned on a close friend and ex, Tye Strickland, after it all went down. Six months later they were engaged and they tied the knot last December, having their first kiss as a married couple to an instrumental version of the “Monday Night Football” theme song. “We’ve been really good friends, but the timing was never right,” she said. “It’s funny how things happen. [Jason dumping me] was one of the best things that has happened to me in my life.” [Us Weekly]
Both Tara Durr and John Presser got rejected the first night they appeared on the series. Lorenzo Borghese just wasn’t feeling Tara, the real estate agent from Florida. And Jillian sent John packing without much of a chance. But through assorted reunions of the show, these two met and fell in love. “We probably never would have met if it wasn’t for the show. He’s actually from Indiana, and I’ve never even been to Indiana, and he’s now in Connecticut, and I had never been to Connecticut,” Tara said. John is pumped, too. “Her morals were there. She saved herself for marriage, and for a girl like her, extremely attractive, to save herself for marriage,” he said. “I’m just an extremely lucky guy.” [Backseat Cuddler]
It’s a little harder to feel sorry for Aaron Buerge, who had his choice of ladyfolk on season two of “The Bachelor” and ended up with Helen Eksterowicz. But they broke up after a few months, and Helen penned a book bashing him called Nobody’s Perfect: What to Do When You’ve Fallen for a Jerk but You Want to Make It Work. So we’re happy that he finally found love and asked Angye McIntosh to marry him last year. “My ex-girlfriend and I thought we would get together for some beers with some other people, and that’s how I met Angye,” he said. “Long story short, I got some hot dog mustard on her the first time we met.” Cute! [Reality TV Magazine]
Gia Allemand was the insanely gorgeous girl who Jake Pavelka let go, narrowing his choices down to Tenley and Vienna. When she appeared on “The Bachelor,” Gia had recently gone through a breakup with NHL player Chris Campoli—he’d been traded from the New York Islanders to the Ottawa Senators and their relationship didn’t survive the move. But after the show, they got back together. They’re now living together in New York and Gia plans to move to Ottawa when the season begins again to stay with him. “I’m glad she did the show,” Chris said. “It made us both realize how much we missed each other and need each other.” [Bumpshack]
Jenn Schefft had two chances, but things just didn’t do so hot on “The Bachelor.” First, she was picked by Andrew Firestone and moved to San Francisco to live with him. Only, they broke up after just a few months. She went on to be “The Bachelorette,” but in the end she was still too wounded from her experience with Andrew and didn’t believe that relationships with either of the final two guys would last. She left solo. Fast-forward four years, and Jenn is a married woman—she got hitched to a Chicagoan named Joe Waterman. “We clicked early on, and it happened so fast,” she said. “We just got along so well, it was so easy. I never worried when I’d see him again or when he’d call.” [Reality TV Scoop]