Looking for love is difficult for everyone, and the contestants of The Bachelor
and The Bachelorette
are proof of that. Some of these contestants have been through more than we could ever imagine, but they still march on in their quest for love. If that isn't inspiration enough for you to always keep searching for love, nothing is. Here are six backstories from The Bachelor
that will have you reaching for tissues.
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1. Kristina Schulman (The Bachelor, Season 21)
Kristina shared a tragic story with Nick of growing up with very little to eat. Things were so hard for her family that one day her mother told her not to eat anything at home, because she would return home at the end of the day with food. After the hunger got the best of a young Kristina, she ended up eating a tube of lipstick. When her mother came home, she was furious and told her 6-year-old daughter to get out.
2. Bryden Vukasin (The Bachelorette, Season 9)
At a dinner on their one-on-one date, military veteran Bryden told Desiree about a fatal car accident he got into when he was in college. He showed some slightly horrific photos of him in the hospital afterwards, talking about how lucky he was to be alive and how it's taught him to make the most of every day.
3. AshLee Frazier (The Bachelor, Season 17)
On Sean's season, AshLee told him her heartbreaking tale of abuse. She was adopted at the age of 6 after having been abused in her foster home. After going through that at such a young age, when her new family took her home from the courtroom, they told her, "We're going to love you every single day," a promise AshLee says they have lived up to.
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4. Dylan Petitt (The Bachelorette, Season 10)
During Andi's season, Dylan opened up about some pretty heavy things that happened in his past. Not only was his father never around, but he had recently lost both of his brothers to drug overdoses within a very short amount of time, the last one just months before the season had started taping. His story brought tears to Andi's and many of the viewers' eyes.
5. Jubilee Sharpe (The Bachelor, Season 20)
Though Jubilee was sent home pretty early during Ben's season, she's remembered so significantly because the shocking and sad story she had. In an interview with PEOPLE
, she went into deeper detail about her upbringing that she didn't mention to Ben:
"My three brothers and my parents died, but I don't know the details," she said. "I was 6, but I don't remember my parents. My 4-year-old little sister and I went to live with my grandmother but she had leprosy and was dying and too sick to take care of us. So she put me and my little sister in an orphanage. My dad came to Haiti to do relief work and he showed up to the orphanage and [wanted to adopt me]. He tried to adopt my sister, but after they went through the medical process, they found out she had an incurable disease and wasn't able to be adopted."
6. Luke Pell (The Bachelorette, Season 12)
On his one-on-one date with JoJo, Luke took their time alone as an opportunity to open up about his upbringing. Luke was a football recruit at West Point before becoming a lieutenant in the military. During his time spent in Afghanistan, his childhood best friend was killed in action. Losing his best friend so tragically taught him that nothing in this life is guaranteed.
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