Real talk: Are people who go on The Bachelor actually expecting to find true love? Like, honestly? I don’t even watch and I still wonder. Is that cynical of me? I feel like it’s not. After over 15 years and what feels like 7,319 seasons, only a handful of couples have actually made it past the threshold with their relationships in real life. It’s kind of awkward when you think about it. These couples get America invested in them, propose on national television, have fancy photoshoots and rings… only to ultimately breakup, at least a majority of the time. Like I said, awkward. When recently meeting Chris Soules and Josh Murray, who’ve both had failed relationships from the show, I asked:
What’s the deal?
Of course, we all have our assumptions. People want that paycheck, their 15 minutes, and 50 g’s for an advertised Instagram post. Must be nice, right? And maybe there are a handful of contestants who genuinely want to find their romantic partner… you know… on a contrived reality show. But still, it blows my mind how the seasons always end in tears of joy and talks of “forever.” And when Juan Pablo‘s season didn’t end this way, poor dude was crucified. But did you ever think he was just being real and saving himself a very public engagement call-off? It’s bound to happen and the numbers prove it. Just saying.
But hearing what really goes on from Chris and Josh was pretty enlightening. They don’t beat around the bush, and bluntly explain why: A. The show feels like a vacation, not real life and B. How people can show their true colors once the cameras stop rolling.
Fair AF. And I appreciate the hell out of their realness, don’t you?