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‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Leads to More Marriages



The Washington Post
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Ah, Paradise.

The Bachelor Nation spinoff is often derided as the trashier cousin of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, where castoff contestants from those shows are deposited at a Mexican resort, sans air-conditioning, to find love (aka get drunk, make out with one another and construct messy love triangles).

Bachelor in Paradise is not without scandal: Last year, production was halted briefly after Warner Bros., which produces the show, investigated whether a contestant was “too drunk to consent” to sexual activity with another contestant. (The show announced there had been no misconduct and filming resumed, with new restrictions on how much contestants could drink and how consent must be established.)

However, a more wholesome conclusion is that Paradise is on its way to a better success rate than the franchise’s other shows. The Bachelor, which wrapped its 22nd season in March, typically ends in engagements, although the couples tend to break up. The Bachelorette, which wrapped its 14th season this month, has a 50-50 success rate.

But Paradise is on track to yield roughly one lasting couple per season. At least four couples who met on the show are still together, and this season could bring more engagements.

With about 20 single men and women deposited on a resort in Sayulita, Mexico, connections can form and break off and re-form elsewhere. Here’s a rundown of the couples who met under the sun and are still Instagram-official.

Jade and Tanner Tolbert

Jade and Tanner met on season two of Paradise and got engaged by season’s end. “I think Tanner and Jade are going to make it. That’s not sarcasm. I’m serious,” Vulture recapper Ali Barthwell wrote at the time. And indeed, they have. In 2016, they were married in a televised extravaganza commemorating 20 years of the Bachelor franchise. In August 2017, the couple welcomed a daughter, Emerson Avery Tolbert.

Carly Waddell and Evan Bass

Initially, Carly did not seem to like Evan all that much. They went on a date in Season 3 that included a “habanero kiss,” meaning they were challenged to eat a habanero pepper and then kiss for 90 seconds. They made it a minute and 41 seconds, but the lip-lock also resulted in Carly throwing up. If you kiss a man and then have this reaction, I’m guessing he’s not the father of your future children, and at first, Carly concurred. She dumped him.

But later in the season, Evan faked an illness and Carly accompanied him to the hospital. This, apparently, is when the real sparks flew, and they started to form a relationship. By the end of the season, they were engaged. And during the premiere of Season 4, they also got married on television. In February of this year, they welcomed a daughter, Isabella Evelyn.

Raven Gates and Adam Gottschalk

The beginning of this match was a bit messy. Raven started out Season 4 on a date with someone else: Robby from JoJo Fletcher’s Bachelorette season. But by episode three, she and Adam went on a date and hit it off.

But not so fast! On episode four, Sarah Vendal from Nick Viall’s season showed up and took Adam on a date. A few episodes later, Adam wormed his way out of this love triangle by giving a rose to Raven: from then on they seemed solid. They left Paradise “as a couple,” and a year later, they’re still together.

Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon

These two had a long and winding road to engagement. When they first appeared on Season 2 of Paradise together, Ashley says it was “love at first sight,” while Jared couldn’t see himself with someone as emotional as Ashley. “It was a slow build for me,” Jared says of their relationship in a video telling the story of how they got together. Jared dumped Ashley twice that season, after which they slowly became friends.

Long story short, they got engaged in Mexico this summer, and ABC has been airing teasers that the proposal will air during this season of Paradise.