'The Bachelor': The 9 Shortest Engagements in Franchise History


Not all Bachelor love is meant to last. 

Clare Crawley and Benoit Beausejour-Savard marked the shortest engagement in Bachelor franchise history when they announced their split on Friday. The news came less than two months after their proposal on Bachelor Winter Games' reunion special, World Tells All, in February, but short engagements aren't exactly uncommon in the Bachelor world. 

In fact, the couple earned their record-making spot with just weeks to spare. Our most recent Bachelor, Arie Luyendyk Jr. broke things off with his fiance (and our new Bachelorette!) Becca Kufrin, two months after getting down on one knee. 

See who else made the list of the shortest engagements in Bachelor history below: 

Clare Crawley & Benoit Beausejour-Savard: 7 Weeks

The couple started dating in the real world after production on Bachelor Winter Games wrapped in December, and shocked their castmates with a proposal on Winter Games' reunion show. In the weeks since, however, they just couldn't make it work. 

"We understand a lot of you have been asking about our relationship since the show, and we wanted to thank you all for the love and respect as we navigated it in real life off camera," Crawley and Beausejour-Savard posted in a lengthy joint message on Thursday. "We do understand however, having a public engagement on TV kind of changes that. It's with a heavy heart that we have mutually decided to end our relationship."

Arie Luynedyk & Becca Kufrin: 2 Months

Luyendyk and Kufrin's breakup was a little more dramatic, with their split playing out on the season finale of The Bachelor last month. In their on-camera breakup (which was filmed in January, two months after Luyendyk proposed), the Bachelor explained that he had made a mistake in proposing to Kufrin, and wanted to pursue a relationship with his runner-up, Lauren Burnham. 

Luyendyk popped the question to Burnham on After the Final Rose two months later. The two are currently living together in Arizona, while Kufrin is filming her season of The Bachelorette. 

Jason Mesnick & Melissa Rycroft: 4 Months

The original switchup master, Mesnick, appeared to last with his final pick, Rycroft, just a bit longer. While it's been reported that the two split before even making it to After the Final Rose, the live breakup just four months after Mesnick filmed his proposal made for a jaw-dropping finale. 

After breaking up with Rycroft on stage, host Chris Harrison brought out Mesnick's runner-up, Molly Malaney, who agreed to take him back. The two later married in a televised wedding, and are parents to a daughter, Riley. 

Aaron Buerge and Helene Eksterowicz: 4 Months

Throwback Bachelor Buerge was the first Bachelor to propose, when he asked Eksterowicz to marry him on season two of the show in 2002. The couple didn't last long, however, as they announced their split about six months later, in February 2003. According to Eksterowicz, Buerge actually dumped her five weeks after their finale aired in November 2002, at a Starbucks near her home in New Jersey. 

While their engagement may have been short, Eksterowicz got a pretty big consolation prize. She got to keep the 2-carat diamond engagement ring with Buerge paid for, after refusing to let ABC pay for the sparkler. 

Lace Morris & Grant Kemp: 5 Months

Season three of Bachelor in Paradise produced a record three engagements, though Morris and Kemp were the first to split. Five months after getting engaged while taping the season's finale in June 2016 (and getting matching "Grace" tattoos!), the two confirmed their breakup. 

“It really was mutual,” Morris told ET in November 2016. “We both have our issues we need to work on, and we can’t really give each other what we need at this time. It’s just not the right timing. We have so much love for each other, and it’s weird because the chemistry is there, and I’m thinking, ‘Why can’t we make this work?’ But it’s just not possible right now.”

Emily Maynard & Jef Holm: 5 Months, and Emily Maynard & Brad Womack: 6 Months

Womack proposed to Maynard in November 2010, while filming his second go-around as Bachelor. He and Maynard split several times before getting back together in time for the show's After the Final Rose special in March 2010, but they broke up for good in May 2011. 

Maynard went on to become the Bachelorette in 2012, but only lasted with her final pick and fiance, Jef Holm, for five months before going their separate ways in October 2012. She's now married to Tyler Johnson, with whom she shares three sons, in addition to her daughter, Ricki. 

Amanda Stanton & Josh Murray: 6 Months

Though a source told ET in September 2016 that Stanton and Murray had broken up "a couple times" since getting engaged on season three of Bachelor in Paradise, the couple officially ended their engagement in December 2016. 

Stanton opened up about the split to ET in January 2017, just one month before she and Murray appeared to reconcile. But by May 2017, she said she "closed" the book on any future reconciliations. 

Chris Soules & Whitney Bischoff: 6 Months

Six months after getting engaged on season 19 of The Bachelor, the pair announced their breakup in May 2015. "I can't thank you all enough for the kind messages over the past few days," Soules tweeeted at the time. "This has been really tough and your support means a lot to me." 

Bischoff went on to marry Ricky Angel in an October 2017 wedding in Cape Cod filled with several Bachelor alums, while a believed-to-be-single Soules is still living in Iowa. 

DeAnna Pappas & Jesse Csincsak: 6 Months

Pappas accepted Csincsak's proposal in season four of The Bachelorette in 2008, and despite planning a wedding for May 2009, the pair only lasted for six months, until November 2008. 

Pappas went on to marry Stephen Stagliano, the brother of Bachelorette season five alum, Michael Stagliano, while Csincsak married Ann Leuders, who was a contestant on season 13 of The Bachelor with Jason Mesnick. 

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