The Bachelor Australia Couples: Where Are They Now?
With the new season of The Bachelor Australia just around the corner, we figured it was time to do a deep dive into all the couples the show has brought together… or not, as the case may be (looking at you, Honey Badger).
We love a good fairytale romance, and The Bachelor Australia has a record of introducing some really enduring, loved up matches! Hopefully, our new Bachelor, 31-year-old airline pilot Jimmy Nicholson, will be another Happily Ever After for the franchise, but until then, here’s the status report on all our past couples.
Tim Robards and Anna Heinrich, season one
It was the romance that started it all for The Bachelor Australia, and boy, did they set the bar high for all future Bachie couples! Going strong since 2013, chiropractor Tim and criminal lawyer Anna said their I do’s back in June 2018 and welcomed their first bub–a daughter named Elle–in November 2020.
STATUS: Happily ever after! Married with a baby!
Blake Garvey and Sam Frost, season two
It was the ‘yikes’ heard ’round the country when our season two Bachie Blake literally proposed to Sam in the grand finale, only to turn around and ditch her for third-place girlie Louise Pillidge.
Blake and Louise went on to date for a few years before quietly calling it quits in 2016. Meanwhile, Sam is still Australia’s sweetheart and she’s doing just fine without Blake; she’s getting that Home and Away coin starring as Jasmine Delaney! Love that for her.
STATUS: An absolute mess! Broken up.
Sam Wood and Snezana Markoski, season three
From the second Snez stepped out of the limo, it was honestly game over for all the other hopefuls, and it’s a love connection that’s proved enduring.
After the 2015 finale, Snezana and her daughter Eve relocated from Perth to Melbourne to be with Sam, and in 2017 welcomed daughter Willow–the very first Bachie bub!–into the family.
In an absolutely stunning ceremony, the lovebirds tied the knot in November 2019 and welcomed their second daughter together, Charlie, in July 2019.
STATUS: Love wins! Married with kids.
Richie Strahan and Alex Nation, season four
Richie became our fourth Bachelor after placing third on Sam Frost’s season of The Bachelorette and winning fans across the nation. In a surprise twist, Richie ended up choosing Alex Nation over frontrunner Nikki Gogan, which, in hindsight, may not have been the best choice for him? Richie and Alex dated long-distance for a year before a pretty acrimonious split, one that was discussed in a heated Bachelor in Paradise convo when the pair were reunited in front of the cameras.
STATUS: Drama! Broken up.
Matty J and Laura Byrne, season five
Matty J honestly had us sobbing when Bachelorette star Georgia Love dumped him for Lee Elliott, but he got his second chance at love when he became season five’s Bachelor.
Even better, Matty found a love of his very own in jewellery designer Laura Byrne in 2017. The pair got engaged in April 2019, welcomed daughter Marlie-Mae in June 2019, and welcomed their second daughter Lola in February of 2021. They’re planning on officially tying the knot at the end of the year, and we can’t wait to see the happy snaps!
STATUS: All’s well that ends well! Engaged with kids!
Nick Cummins, season six
Welcome to The Bachelor Australia‘s flop era. In the twist that shocked the nation, old mate Honey Badger decided not to pick anyone at the end, leaving the friendship between Brittany Hockley and Sophie Tieman as the most enduring relationship formed over the season. But hey, at least he got to promote his book, right?
Matt Agnew and Chelsie McLeod, season seven
After Nick’s mess of a season, it seemed like astrophysicist Matt was all set to get The Bachelor back on track and give us the love story we all hoped for. Things were looking good–he actually chose someone!–when he got together with chemical engineer Chelsie, but alas, the couple didn’t go the distance.
Despite both living and working in Melbourne, the couple weren’t as compatible in the real world as it seemed, and split after just two months.
STATUS: Sad! Broken up.
Locky Gilbert and Irena Srbinovska, season eight
It was a season that began with a few raised eyebrows; Locky had just come off Australian Survivor: All Stars, during which he had a flirtation with tribemate Brooke Jowett.
On top of that, Locky had another hurdle in his way on his path to love: COVID. The first Bachelor season to film through the pandemic, Locky made it work and found love with nurse Irena.
The pair are still smitten with one another, and according to Irena, have “pretty much planned [their] next five years”, according to a comment she left on Instagram.
STATUS: We’re back, baby! Love wins again!
The Bachelor Australia premieres Wednesday, July 21 on Network 10 and 10 Play.