Melissa Rycroft, Nikki Ferrell and more Bachelor Stars ended up marrying someone they knew before trying to find love on TV.
Rycroft, for her part, was dated Tye Strickland before leaving to film season 13 of The bachelor in 2008.
“Tye tried to call me, when I got back in the country from filming he called,” Rycroft continued Us weekly‘s Here for the Right Reasons podcast in August 2020, in which he revealed he wanted her back. “I didn’t believe it [him]. I mean, I thought, ‘Whatever.’ Not only that, I’m engaged and happy and you’re a tool bag.”
While the former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader got engaged Jason Mesnik During the finale, which aired in 2009, he broke off their engagement to reunite with the runner-up Molly Malaney. After the split, Rycroft reconnected with Strickland.
“And then I just started talking to him as a friend again. And three, four weeks after that, we officially got back together on the condition that I said, ‘This time it’s forever, you know,'” she explained. “It was a difficult relationship to get over him, which is why I even went on the show and had just been through it all with Jason and I was like, I don’t know if [I was] emotionally primed to really be in a relationship again, but it was with Tye, it was the guy I wanted to be with before all of this happened. And I think with the show air we didn’t really get to see each other, you know, so we just had to talk and focus on our friendship. And I think that made the relationship so much stronger the second time around.”
Rycroft and Strickland married in December 2009 and have three children: Ava, Beckett and Cayson. (Mesnick and Malaney since married in 2010 and share daughter Riley.)
“2008 was strange for me. I left a filmed reality show where I got engaged. I got dumped and then came 2009, I got into a new relationship. I’m engaged,” Rycroft concluded. “And by the end of 2009 I was married.”
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