Can anyone on the Bachelor live happily ever after?

With Clare Crawley and Dale Moss's breakup added to the long list of the Bachelor's failed relationships, the chances of finding true love on the reality show are looking slim.

THE BACHELOR - 2504 Still reeling from Sarahs sudden departure, Matt fights his tendency to put up walls as his journey continues with the 18 remaining women vying for his heart. Emotions in the house continue to run high, leading to a trash-talking face-off between Victoria and Katie, and even former Bachelor Ben Higgins and Bachelor Nation favorite Wells Adams cant diffuse the drama as things get physical on two group dates. Chelsea takes the opportunity to get real with Matt about her journey to self-love, and Chris Harrison drops a bombshell that will change the course of the season on The Bachelor, airing MONDAY, JAN. 25 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (Craig Sjodin via Getty Images) MATT JAMES, ABIGAIL
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For a reality show that’s meant to be about finding your one true love, the Bachelor doesn’t have a good track record. 

Having graced our screens for a whopping 51 seasons (yes, you read that correctly), the franchise has churned out dozens of passionate romances but very few long-term relationships. 

The show's current star, Matt James, is the first Black man to be The Bachelor. But what are the chances he's going to leave the show with a bride? Honestly, not great based on how it's going.

A recent split between the Bachelorette’s Clare Crawley and Dale Moss has blown up the Internet after rumors that he was cheating circulated. The couple fell in love after just four episodes of her season, resulting in their abrupt departure. However, after just a few months of being engaged, Dale took to Instagram to announce the breakup. Which was, apparently, a surprise to Clare.

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Unfortunately, this romantic heartache isn’t uncommon for Bachelor Nation alumni. 2020 was a particularly bad year for its hopeful couples, marking the end of five of the show’s relationships. While none of them were as dramatic as Clare and Dale's breakup, they were still heart-wrenching. 

Krystal Nielson and Chris Randone

The year’s first couple to call it quits were Krystal Nielson and Chris Randone, who announced their separation last February after eight months of marriage. In August, they revealed they’re officially untying the knot and divorcing. “We are best friends that love and care for each other so deeply,” the pair stated. “We’ve appreciated everyone’s love and support so far throughout our journey and we just ask that you please respect our privacy as we navigate through this."

Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum

It wasn't long before another devastating breakup hit Bachelor Nation. In October, Ashley Hebert announced her split from husband J.P. Rosenbaum. The couple had been married since 2012, after falling in love on The Bachelorette. Despite going solid for almost eight years, their relationship came to an end after realizing their irreconcilable differences. Luckily, the ex-lovers have no hate between them and continue to raise their young children, Fordham and Essex, amicably. 

Carly Waddell and Evan Bass

The holiday season brought another split, with Carly Waddell and Evan Bass of Bachelor in Paradise confirming the end of their relationship in December. The former couple, who were married for three years after meeting on the show’s spin-off, said in a joint statement, "We will always cherish our time together and continue to have the utmost respect for one another as we focus on what's best for the future of our family.” The announcement came only a month after Waddell had given birth to their second baby, Charlie. 

Peter Weber and Kelley Flanagan

And just when you thought the heartache was over, The Bachelor's Peter Weber and Kelley Flanagan rang in the New Year with a somber post about their mutual decision to split. Although Flanagan only placed fifth on the show, she and Weber got together in April after his engagement to Hannah Ann Sluss ended. 

The couple, who became extra close by quarantining together, officially confirmed the end of their pandemic romance in a moving statement on Weber’s Instagram. “While our relationship was filled with countless beautiful memories, our relationship simply didn’t work out in the end.” 

With so much uncertainty surrounding the contestants’ relationships, we’ll be glued to our screens to watch how The Bachelor’s current lead Matt James’s pursuit of his soulmate plays out. 

The real estate broker and first black Bachelor kicked off his season by leading a prayer circle, admitting that he often leans on his faith when he feels anxious. 

We hope he finds that special someone - but with the show’s history, we’d keep our guard up if we were him. 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.