09:39 PM EDT 10/16/2013
Originally posted 04/05/2013 09:00AM
They were always there "for all the right reasons." And even now, after 25 combined seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, fans still haven't gotten tired of the drama, cat fights, and hot tub hijinks that make for an amazing season.
Who should win as the best Bachelor of all: Jake Pavelka, who chose bad-girl Vienna only to break up with her in a vicious televised special? Sean Lowe, who vowed to hold off on sex with his pick, Catherine Giudici, until their summer 2013 wedding night? Or Jason Mesnick, who popped the question to Melissa Rycroft, then pulled a switcheroo at the reunion? (He just had a baby with his final choice, Molly Malaney.) And remember Season 2 star Aaron Buerge? He ranks as the highest rated Bachelor of all time, with 26 millions viewers tuning in as he popped the question to Helene Eksterowicz in 2002.
Originally posted 01/15/2013 07:50PM
The Bachelor's current star, Sean Lowe, was joined by past franchise favorites on Jan. 11 to celebrate 25 seasons of the hit ABC reality dating show.
The Texas hunk clinked glasses at the famed Agoura Hills, Calif., Bachelor mansion with series creator Mike Fleiss and past Bachelorettes Ali Fedotowsky, Trista Sutter, Jillian Harris, DeAnna Pappas and the show's most recent star, Emily Maynard.
Also on hand were former Bachelor Jason Mesnick and his wife, Molly, who is expecting the couple's first child in March, as well as former contestants Courtney Robertson, Michael and Stephen Stagliano, Erica Rose and Casey Shteamer.
Originally posted 11/09/2012 01:00PM
Ben Flajnik has seen the pictures of his ex-fiancée with another Bachelor franchise alum and has to wonder: Who is that woman?
"I'm glad there is a new guy," he says, referring to Courtney Robertson's new relationship with Bachelorette hunk Arie Luyendyk. "I see certain things in the media and I wonder, did I ever really know her? I try to avoid it all together."
He continues, "I look at these staged photos of the two of them and I'm like: Why is she doing this? The girl that I loved never wanted to be famous and I look at these set-ups and I think I got out at the right time."
Originally posted 11/08/2012 01:10PM
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Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson from season 16 of The Bachelor and Emily Maynard and Jef Holm from season 8 of The Bachelorette have recently announced their breakups.
This is nothing new for the winners of these two shows. But what's the love lesson? Here are two things you can learn from the most recent relationship flops:
Originally posted 10/13/2012 12:00PM
A week after ending her engagement to Ben Flajnik, Courtney Robertson has been spotted moving on – with another Bachelor franchise alum.
She and Bachelorette runner-up Arie Luyendyk had dinner Thursday at Quiessence Restaurant in Phoenix – the same place Robertson took Flajnik during their hometown date – and ended the meal with a kiss.
Originally posted 10/08/2012 06:00PM
It's really over for Ben Flajnik and his Bachelor-winning ex-fiancée Courtney Robertson.
Just a few days after Flajnik, 30, confirmed the pair's split to PEOPLE, Robertson, 29, was spotted in workout attire on Monday without the engagement ring.
Just days before parting ways, the duo posted seemingly upbeat photos at what appeared to be a winery.
Originally posted 10/05/2012 05:30PM
Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson tried to prove everyone wrong with their romance, but in the end, the Bachelor star and his controversial fiancée couldn't make their love last.
The couple, whose courtship was chronicled on ABC's hit reality show, have ended their engagement, PEOPLE confirms.
"It's true," Flajnik told PEOPLE Friday, although he didn't wish to elaborate on the split.
The pair, who took time apart shortly after Flajnik's romantic, mountaintop proposal, was back together by the time their season's After the Final Rose special aired.
Originally posted 06/08/2012 05:55AM
With fiancé Ben Flajnik out of town, Courtney Robertson decided to get pampered to anticipate his return.
Recently making her way into the Colgate Optic White Beauty Bar at the 901 salon in West Hollywood, the Bachelor winner got a manicure and told a guest at the salon, "I'm so excited for Ben to get back. I want to look good for him."
But getting her nails perfected was about as far as she'd go when it came to mild appearance-enhancing procedures.
When offered a complimentary Fake Bake spray tan, the reality star politely declined.
"She turned down the offer because she wanted to look all-natural for Ben," the source says. "She was saying that he doesn't like when girls spray tan, but she took some of the line's products with her just to have in case."
One thing Robertson did take advantage of her during her man's absence?
"She showed up wearing wedge heels," the source says. "She was talking about how excited she was to wear them because Ben hates when she wears them since she's taller than him."
– Dahvi Shira
Originally posted 05/15/2012 05:55AM
It was family day for former Bachelor star Ben Flajnik on Saturday.
With fiancée Courtney Robertson in tow, Flajnik was also joined by his mom Barbara and sister Julia at Joico's On the Go Beauty event on the rooftop of the Thompson hotel in Beverly Hills.
The reality duo stuck by each others' side the whole time on a folding chair in front of the hotel's pool.
"When asked if they wanted tea or an alcoholic beverage, Flajnik replied without hesitation, 'Alcohol, please,' " an onlooker tells PEOPLE. "The couple then sipped on Bloody Marys from the Voli vodka bar. They didn't show any over-the-top PDA, but they seemed at ease being with one another."
Originally posted 04/30/2012 09:15AM
Los Angeles vs. San Francisco. That's the debate between The Bachelor's Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson regarding where they'll live.
"It goes back and forth, back and forth," he told PEOPLE Saturday at Pure Las Vegas, his fiancée by his side.
Flajnik lives in San Francisco and "loves" the Santa Monica area of Los Angeles. Robertson lives in Santa Monica and "loves" San Francisco.
"We most definitely talk about it," he tells PEOPLE. "We're trying to figure out how it's going to work and when it's going to happen. One thing we do really well is communicate. If something's bothering me or bothering her, we squash the bug really quick and move on."
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