The Best Bachelorette Bromances of All Time
The Bachelorette thrives on a simple formula—throw 30 men in a house, introduce one woman who they all want to date, take away their phones, and…go.
There’s bound to be some primetime-worthy drama along the way, especially since they also eat together, workout together, and even sleep in the same #sponsored hotel suites. But for every “I’m not here to make friends” Lee and Kenny, there’s a Peter and Dean. Two dudes who, despite the cameras and the terribly awkward circumstances, manage to become pals.
Last week when Dean was sent home after his hometown date, Peter took to Instagram to share this aww-inducing snap (above) of the two in Denmark and give his best bud a shout-out.
“We shared clothes, we shared a bed, we even shared a girlfriend for a period of time, which I’m still not really sure how I’m supposed to feel about,” he said. “But above all that, we shared one of the best friendships of this lifetime. You’re like the younger brother I never wanted, but am so glad that I now have. I love you like my own. Incredibly sad to see you go this week, but truly happy to continue this brotherhood now on the other side. #batmantomyrobin #patricktomyspongebob”.
Now that’s a bromance we can get behind. In honor of Peter and Dean (and before everyone turns on each other at the “Men Tell All” episode), we’re looking back on the best Bachelorette bromances of all time that prove that sometimes there’s still a happy ending even if you don’t get the girl.
JJ Lane and Clint Arlis
Fondly referred to as the “Brokeback Bachelors” during their season with Kaitlyn Bristowe, JJ and Clint surprised everyone in the house with their storybook showmance. “I feel like I’ve connected with JJ more than Kaitlyn right now because we’re just so similar,” said Clint, after a few long talks in the hot tub with JJ. “It’s absolutely insane. I never thought I would meet someone like that here. We’ve grown close, almost too close at times. The possibility of coming on to The Bachelorette and falling in love with a man never crossed my mind, but I believe in the process, and at this point, I’m a success story.” Status update: it’s complicated.
Chad Johnson and Daniel Maguire
On JoJo’s season, Daniel and Chad connected over protein powder and power lifting. “If Chad and Daniel don’t find love with JoJo at the end of this then they might ride off into the sunset together,” said contestant Evan Bass after watching one of their tag team workouts. Well, they did continue their bromance on Bachelor in Paradise last summer, but it was short lived once Chad was kicked off of the show.
Daniel Maguire and Vinny Ventiera
As soon as Chad exited Paradise, Daniel was at it again, this time with Vinny. We still wish we could unsee the footage of them shaving each other’s backs, but it must’ve been a bonding experience—they’re still all over each others Insta feeds.
Robby Hunter and Chase McNary
Jared Haibon and Tanner Tolbert
We all know that Tanner and Jade found love on Bachelor in Paradise, but Tanner and Jared were the original Janner. The two became fast friends on Kaitlyn’s season in 2015 and still hang out today. “Even though you couldn’t find a wife on TV, you found a lifelong friend,” Tanner ‘grammed.
Adam Gottschalk and Adam Jr.
Adam lasted all the way until the final six this season, but we never really got to know him. Still, we’ll never forget that on night one he brought along his little buddy, Adam Jr, a doll that slightly resembled the porcelain nightmare from the horror movie, The Boy. Creepy? Yes. But apparently bromances come in all forms.
Wells Adams and Derek Peth
While a lot of the guys from JoJo’s season still keep in touch, Wells and Derek are among the closest. When they’re not “brunching hard” in Nashville, they’re catching up with their other BFF James Taylor, also from JoJo’s group. “When/if I get married these guys will be at the wedding,” Wells 'grammed.
JP Rosenbaum and Mickey McLean
Of all the Bachelorette contestants, JP is the real winner. He walked away from the show with Ashley Hebert and a bestie. Now, six years later, he’s married with two kids, and still makes time to squeeze in the occasional Cavs game with his bud Mickey from season seven.