Biggest reunion ever! The former Bachelorettes reflect on their days of wine and roses
To help celebrate the upcoming 15th season of The Bachelorette, ABC reunited a dozen of its former stars for Bachelorette Reunion: The Biggest Bachelorette Reunion in Bachelor History! The two-hour squealfest will actually touch your heart, teases host Chris Harrison. “I was a little more sentimental and emotional than I thought I was going to be,” he admits. “Fans will get to know these women in a different way, which is cool.” Ahead of the special — which will air May 6 at 8 p.m., a week before Hannah Brown’s May 13 debut as the new Bachelorette — EW asked the gals to unpack a few of their rosy (and not-so-rosy) memories.
Trista Rehn Sutter, 46 Season 1, 2003
Final rose Ryan Sutter, 44. They married in 2003 and have two children, son Max, 11, and daughter Blakesley, 10.
Where’s the rock Ryan proposed with a ring from Harry Winston. “It’s in my safe now.” (She got a Neil Lane for their 10th anniversary.)
Least glamorous moment “I got really tired on dates. I would pass out in the limo on the way home in Ryan’s lap.”
Breakout drama “Ryan and I were at the Space Needle,
and we had just brought out the Fantasy Suite card. He said, ‘Check, please!’ ”
Practical advice for future bachelorettes “Never settle. Be true to who you are. And try to get as much sleep as possible.”
Deanna Pappas Stagliano, 37 Season 4, 2008
Final rose Jesse Csincsak, 37. They split six months later.
Where’s the rock “I had to give it back. It wasn’t painful
for me because it had no meaning anymore.”
Least glamorous moment “Finding a room to shower alone in was really hard. Production was coming in and out, so I was like, ‘Please, for the love of God, can I shower alone for 10 minutes?’”
Breakout drama Announcing a wedding date on After the Final Rose. “I felt pressured. But in ABC’s defense, I was super in love in that moment. I was caught up in the dream.”
Practical advice “Pack an extra cell phone. That way, when they take your phone away, you still have one.”
Jillian Harris, 39 Season 5, 2009
Final rose Ed Swiderski, 39. They split after a year.
Where’s the rock “I still have it. It’s in my panty drawer…but now I have to move it because everybody will know.”
Least glamorous moment “One night I fell asleep in my hotel and left all the candles burning. I woke up and literally the room was on fire. I grabbed the duvet, put it out, and went back to sleep.”
Breakout drama Ed’s failure to launch in the Fantasy Suite. “It was stressful, but I still picked him because I thought there would be less pressure when we got away from the cameras. It never got better.”
Practical advice Bring Midol. “It’s a diuretic, so it helps you feel skinnier; it gives you caffeine for energy; and it has a pain reliever, so it helps you with a hangover.”
Ali Fedotowsky-Manno, 34 Season 6, 2010
Final Rose Roberto Martinez, 35. They split a year later.
Where’s the rock “That is for me to know and no one else to find out.”
Least glamorous moment “Probably sobbing before a lot of my dates because I knew I wasn’t really into the guy and I knew I had to kiss him.”
Breakout drama When Kasey revealed his tattoo promising to “guard and protect” her heart. “I felt terrible. I knew I was sending him home. I felt bad for his mother, honestly.”
Practical advice “Don’t pay too much attention to the guy you like right off the bat. I wish I hadn’t.”
Ashley Hebert Rosenbaum, 35 Season 7, 2011
Final rose J.P. Rosenbaum, 42. They married in 2012 and have two children, son Fordham, 4, and daughter Essex, 2.
Where’s the rock “I wear it all the time, even in the shower. It’s become a part of me.”
Breakout drama She announced her pregnancy on Andi’s Men Tell All special and had an ultrasound on camera. “I had a planned C-section, so I would have drawn the line on a camera in the OR.”
Practical advice “Trust your instincts. And obviously, deodorant is good.”
Emily Maynard Johnson, 33 Season 8, 2012
Final rose Jef Holm, 34. They broke up a few months later.
Where’s the rock “I gave those back, gladly. [Brad Womack gave her a ring on The Bachelor season 15.] They just had bad omens.”
Least glamorous moment “The part where I told someone to get the eff out.”
Breakout drama Her “wall kiss” with Arie, but anytime she sent someone home made her feel horrible. “I thought about my mom watching this and my pastor watching this. It’s not great, but we’ve all been there, right?”
Practical advice “Pressed powder is your best friend because they put you in some hot, sweaty places.”
Desiree Hartsock Siegfried, 33 Season 9, 2013
Final rose Chris Siegfried, 33. They married in 2015 and have two sons, Asher, 2, and Zander, 3 months.
Where’s the rock “I usually just wear the band because it’s more comfortable. I don’t want to scratch my baby with it.”
Least glamorous moment “The breakups.”
Breakout drama The “right reasons” music video. “I did have a hard time, trying to get all the words and stuff. But it was fun.”
Practical advice “Actually eat the food that’s on the dates, because it’s delicious.”
Andi Dorfman, 32Season 10, 2014
Final rose Josh Murray, 34. They split six months later.
Where’s the rock She returned it. “The sentiment of it had been lost, for sure.”
Least glamorous moment “Stuffing myself into Spanx by the end of the season. You are eating, you are drinking, you are not working out.”
Breakout drama Getting called out on live TV for sleeping with Nick. “I was honestly super pissed. It was a question meant to embarrass me.”
Practical advice “The cameras are the same to [the guys] as they are to you. Just try to focus on that person.”
Kaitlyn Bristowe, 33 Season 11, 2015
Final rose Shawn Booth, 32. They broke up three years later.
Where’s the rock “I have it. I don’t know what to do with it ... but I don’t feel right selling it.”
Least glamorous moment “Every time I would come home from a date, I would take off all of my makeup, put zit cream all over my face, and I would drink a whiskey and eat beef jerky in my sweats. It was my happy time.”
Breakout drama Sleeping with Nick before the Fantasy Suite.
Practical advice Get enough sleep, and don't drink too much. “I’m glad they didn’t have it [a two-drink limit] on my season. I needed [more than] that sometimes.”
Jojo Fletcher, 28Season 12, 2016
Final rose Jordan Rodgers, 30. They’re planning their wedding.
Where’s the rock “I wear it as much as I can.”
Least glamorous moment “Night 1, I vomited over the stairwell because I was so exhausted.”
Breakout drama “Chad stayed around a lot longer than he should have.”
Practical advice “Journal if you can.”
Rachel Lindsay, 33 Season 13, 2017
Final rose Bryan Abasolo, 39. They’ll marry in August.
Where’s the rock “I’m so ready to get married so I can actually have a wedding band and stop wearing this big stone.”
Least glamorous moment “The moment I cried my eyelashes off on TV.”
Breakout drama “When I kicked DeMario off, but then he came back.”
Practical advice “Don’t try to be like another Bachelorette.”
Becca Kufrin, 29 Season 14, 2018
Final Rose Garrett Yrigoyen, 30. They’ve yet to announce a wedding date.
Where’s the rock “I do not wear it that often, to be honest, just because I’m afraid I’m going to lose it.”
Least glamorous moment Oyster shucking with Leo. “We were so cold, and the juice was going all over me.”
Breakout drama Sending home Grocery Joe. “I felt like
I was holding the conversation and I was the only one asking questions.”
Practical advice “Always wear waterproof mascara and keep Listerine strips on you.”