Every fairy tale has a different ending—just look at The Bachelor franchise.
Over the course of 37 seasons, the ABC reality hit has seen a lot of ups and downs for its many couples over the years. And, if we're being honest, there's definitely been more downs. But that's what makes the success stories that much more satisfying.
The latest couple to come out of The Bachelor? Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph are currently enjoying their romance (sans proposal) now that their season has finally finished airing, and time will tell if the young blond pair has what it takes to go the distance, no easy feat within Bachelor Nation.
Just take a look at the stats: Over its 23 seasons, only one Bachelor has married the woman he gave his final rose to, while an impressive six out of the 14 Bachelorettes are with their final suitor. Still, while the odds aren't exactly in the couples' favors, it doesn't mean they tried to make it work once they left the Bachelor bubble and returned to the real world.
We decided to take a look back at all of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette's final couples over the years, to see how long they were able to keep their relationship going and the reason they offered if they did end up splitting up.
Sorry in advance to Bachelor in Paradise success stories (Hi Jade and Tanner and 'sup Carly and Evan?!), but we kept this study to the two OG shows' couples, not yet including Colton and Cassie...
Here's hoping Colton and Cassie join the ranks of Sean and Catherine, JoJo and Jordan and other success stories.