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They were the unlucky-in-love contestants who had their hearts broken on national TV by the person they believed could be ‘the one’.

But how have the lives of former Bachelor and Bachelorette runner-ups fared since their emotional reality TV departure?

Daily Mail Australia discover what they’ve been up to and if they’ve found love after the show.

  

A yogi, a sunglasses mogul and an aspiring male model: What happened to the runners up of Bachelor and Bachelorette … and who found love after the finale? (Pictured: 2017 runner-up Elise Stacy after her rejection from Matty J)

With eight Australian seasons to its name, devoted fans have affectionately championed behind the runner-ups sine 2013.

While some have stepped out of the media spotlight, others have embraced their newfound fame to become influencers and launch their own brands.

From Tim Robard’s runner-up Rochelle Emanuel-Smith to Matty J’s recent reject Elise Stacy, here’s where they are now.

Rochelle Emanuel-Smith – Bachelor Tim Robard’s season – 2013  

THEN:  Rochelle came second to Tim’s now fiance Anna Heinrich in 2013, with the brunette describing the experience at the time as: ‘one of the hardest moments’

NOW: After the show she spent a few years living between Sydney and London, in that time obtaining a teaching degree and becoming an avid yoga enthusiast

NOW: After the show she spent a few years living between Sydney and London, in that time obtaining a teaching degree and becoming an avid yoga enthusiast

Rochelle came second to Tim’s now fiance Anna Heinrich in 2013, with the brunette describing the experience at the time as: ‘one of the hardest moments.’

After the show she spent a few years living between Sydney and London, in that time obtaining a teaching degree and becoming an avid yogi.

Rochelle also partakes in promotional modelling and often shares images of herself doing yoga in crop tops to her 11k Instagram followers.

Sending her congratulations While she is currently single, Rochelle doesn't appear bitter about Tim and Anna's flourishing romance, noting she was 'thrilled' by the couple's recent engagement

Sending her congratulations While she is currently single, Rochelle doesn’t appear bitter about Tim and Anna’s flourishing romance, noting she was ‘thrilled’ by the couple’s recent engagement

While she is currently single, Rochelle doesn’t appear bitter about Tim and Anna’s flourishing romance, noting she was ‘thrilled’ by the couple’s recent engagement. 

‘If I see a hot guy in the street I don’t even look at him anymore. It’s incredibly liberating. I might be single at 35, but who cares? I have found happiness in my family and friends and work, and that’s all I need now,’ she told Women’s Weekly after their TV split. 

Lisa Hyde – Bachelor Blake Garvey’s season – 2014 

THEN: Lisa Hyde was left heartbroken after Blake Garvey chose Sam Frost over her on the second season of The Bachelor

THEN: Lisa Hyde was left heartbroken after Blake Garvey chose Sam Frost over her on the second season of The Bachelor

NOW: Since leaving The Bachelor mansion in 2014, the Sydney-based Instagram model has racked up over 139k followers and had her indie sunglasses label Shevoke picked up by retail giant General Pants Co.

NOW: Since leaving The Bachelor mansion in 2014, the Sydney-based Instagram model has racked up over 139k followers and had her indie sunglasses label Shevoke picked up by retail giant General Pants Co.

She was left heartbroken after Blake Garvey chose Sam Frost over her on the second season of The Bachelor.

But Lisa Hyde turned her sad ending on the show into an opportunity to launch her public profile.

The 30-year-old eyewear entrepreneur started her indie sunglasses label Shevoke three years ago, with the line being picked up by retail giant General Pants Co. after finding Bachelor fame. 

Lisa also dated model Tyson Mayr for a few years after the show, with the couple travelling the world together. 

Since leaving The Bachelor mansion in 2014, the Sydney-based Instagram model has racked up over 139k followers with an extra 58k on the Shevoke account. 

Lana Jeavons-Fellows- Bachelor Sam Wood’s season – 2015  

THEN: She was the intruder who made it all the way to the finale to be let down and sent packing by Sam Wood, calling the moment ‘painful’

Rejected by Sam Wood: Lana was the intruder who made it all the way to the finale to be let down and sent packing, calling the moment 'painful'

Rejected by Sam Wood: Lana was the intruder who made it all the way to the finale to be let down and sent packing, calling the moment ‘painful’

NOW: Lana is the only Bachelor runner-up to be in a current relationship, admitting 'life is lovely at the moment' as she continues to date 35-year-old marketing entrepreneur Jake Meah

NOW: Lana is the only Bachelor runner-up to be in a current relationship, admitting ‘life is lovely at the moment’ as she continues to date 35-year-old marketing entrepreneur Jake Meah

She was the intruder who made it all the way to the finale to be let down and sent packing, calling the moment ‘painful’.

She recently told Mamamia it took her a ‘little while to re-adjust’ back into normal life, previously admitting she struggled with a ‘negative headspace’ and ‘drinking a lot’ in an interview with The Daily Telegraph.

‘When you go on a dating show you make yourself vulnerable and the public really connect with you and your experience. It was hard to suddenly have so many people suddenly know you or a part of you, in a sense,’ she candidly opened up to Mamamia. 

The communications executive is currently dating 35-year-old marketing entrepreneur Jake Meah, and their relationship seems to be going from strength-to-strength, as she recently revealed: ‘Life is lovely at the moment.’ 

Nikki Gogan – Bachelor Richie Strahan’s season – 2016 

THEN: Fans petitioned for the runner-up to get a second chance at finding love as The Bachelorette after she was left heartbroken by Richie Strahan's rejection

THEN: Fans petitioned for the runner-up to get a second chance at finding love as The Bachelorette after she was left heartbroken by Richie Strahan’s rejection

NOW: Nikki is still working as a real estate agent in Perth, admitting she never wanted to change her life and was 'very happy with how things were already' in her life

NOW: Nikki is still working as a real estate agent in Perth, admitting she never wanted to change her life and was ‘very happy with how things were already’ in her life

She appeared to disappear from the media spotlight and return to her life in Perth after her heart was broken by Richie Strahan. 

Despite fans petitioning for the star to get a second chance at finding love as The Bachelorette, Nikki appeared to have stayed clear of the idea.

The blonde told Mamamia of her decision to return to her ‘normal’ life: ‘It was never about making a huge life change for me. I was very happy with how things were already. I just wanted to meet someone.’

‘I went on the show genuinely for love. I am very blessed in my life – I had a career and friends and family and a house, I didn’t want to change anything else. It was just that missing piece,’ she continued.  

Nikki is still working as a real estate agent in Perth, but doesn’t seem to be dating anyone.

She recently appeared in a TV advertisement for Dailies Total1 contact lenses, which aired during Sophie Monk’s Bachelorette premiere. 

The bubbly beauty recently rubbished rumours she would be returning to reality TV with a role on Bachelor In Paradise.  

Elise Stacy – Bachelor Matty J’s season – 2017

THEN: Elise Stacy 'fell to the ground and had a cry' after she found out Matty J preferred rival Laura Byrne

THEN: Elise Stacy ‘fell to the ground and had a cry’ after she found out Matty J preferred rival Laura Byrne

NOW: Elise has returned to work in Sydney and has been seen hanging out with her former Bachelor rivals, however she has since unfollowed winner Laura from social media

NOW: Elise has returned to work in Sydney and has been seen hanging out with her former Bachelor rivals, however she has since unfollowed winner Laura from social media

Has she found someone to make her smile? On Saturday Elise shared a photo of her cuddling a mystery man 

Has she found someone to make her smile? On Saturday Elise shared a photo of her cuddling a mystery man 

Elise Stacy ‘fell to the ground and had a cry’ after she found out Matty J preferred rival Laura Byrne.

The Sydney marketing executive head on a holiday to America shortly after the finale aired, returning to Sydney to continue with her regular routine.

She’s been seen hanging out with her former rivals, but the former Hockeyroo athlete has since unfollowed winner Laura.

BACHELORETTE RUNNER-UPS 

Michael Turnbull – Bachelorette Sam Frost’s runner-up in 2015

NOW: Still unlucky in love, Michael Turnbull has been linked to a string of women since he was dumped by Bachelorette Sam Frost on the reality dating show in 2015

NOW: Still unlucky in love, Michael Turnbull has been linked to a string of women since he was dumped by Bachelorette Sam Frost on the reality dating show in 2015

Hasn't found the one yet: Still unlucky in love, Michael Turnbull has been linked to a string of women since he left the reality dating show 

Hasn’t found the one yet: Still unlucky in love, Michael Turnbull has been linked to a string of women since he left the reality dating show 

He’s had a tough time settling down after being dumped on the Bachelorette in 2015 by Sam Frost.

Still unlucky in love, Michael Turnbull has been linked to a string of women since he left the reality dating show.

The former professional soccer player suffered an acrimonious break-up with Melbourne-based Bijanka Dobrev in April, which ended in their private messages being shared to social media and him being accused of lying about his intentions.

In January, he was spotted passionately kissing Politix store manager Dina Pinteric at a Brisbane cafe.

Michael also dated single mother Katrina Vincent after pursuing her on social media, appearing together in a photo shoot for Woman’s Day before splitting in the following weeks.  

Matthew ‘Matty J’ Johnson – Bachelorette Georgia Love’s runner-up in 2016  

THEN: Matty J was the show underdog, who appeared to have captured Georgia Love's heart until she shocked audiences by choosing Lee Elliott over the marketing manager

THEN: Matty J was the show underdog, who appeared to have captured Georgia Love’s heart until she shocked audiences by choosing Lee Elliott over the marketing manager

NOW: Matty J's rough rejection then catapulted him into a second chance at love as The Bachelor, finding love with Bondi babe Laura Byrne

NOW: Matty J’s rough rejection then catapulted him into a second chance at love as The Bachelor, finding love with Bondi babe Laura Byrne

He was the show underdog, who appeared to have captured Georgia Love’s heart until she shocked audiences by choosing Lee Elliott.

Matty J’s rough rejection then catapulted him into a second chance at love as The Bachelor, finding love with Bondi babe Laura Byrne. 

His stock is also rising in the media world, with Matty signing to international modelling agency IMG.  

Jarrod Woodgate – Bachelorette Sophie Monk’s runner-up in 2017

'Right now I just want to get through heartbreak... just get some space': It's believed Jarrod has returned home to Victoria to tend to his family's vineyard and deal with his pain in private

‘Right now I just want to get through heartbreak… just get some space’: It’s believed Jarrod has returned home to Victoria to tend to his family’s vineyard and deal with his pain in private

Vineyard manager Jarrod Woodgate’s wounds are fresh, having being dumped by Bachelorette Sophie Monk during Thursday night’s finale.

In interviews he claims he is still in love with the singer and actress and is willing to wait for a second chance with the star.

It’s believed Jarrod has returned home to Victoria to tend to his family’s vineyard, telling a photographer at Sydney airport on Friday: ‘Right now I just want to get through heartbreak, that’s all I want to do, just get some space and see how we go.’ 

Applications are now open for contestants willing to participate in the next season of The Bachelor 

Headed home: It's believed Jarrod has returned home to Victoria to tend to his family's vineyard

Headed home: It’s believed Jarrod has returned home to Victoria to tend to his family’s vineyard

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