How long do 'Bachelor' and 'Bachelorette' couples actually stay together?

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On last night's Bachelorette season finale, Kaitlyn Bristowe chose Shawn Booth as the winner and gladly accepted his marriage proposal. The happy couple then paid a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live, where the host poked fun at the Bachelor franchise's poor track record for forging lasting romances by making them take a tongue-in-cheek pledge to stay together for one year. Bristowe and her fiancé swore on a stack of copies of Us Weekly that, if they're no longer in a committed relationship as of July 27, 2016, they'll pay Kimmel $1,000.


That's a sucker bet.

We crunched the numbers on all past 29 seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette and found that — while female stars fare better than their male counterparts — the couples publicly announce their splits a median length of six months after the season finale airs.


Molly Fitzpatrick is senior editor of Fusion's Pop & Culture section. Her interests include movies about movies, TV shows about TV shows, and movies about TV shows, but not so much TV shows about movies.