Wednesday, October 27

Bachelorette’s Becca Kufrin’s Dating History: A Guide to Her Love Life


Never giving up! Becca Kufrin hasn’t stopped looking for The One despite having a few very public breakups over the years.

The former Bachelorette was ready for love when she first joined Bachelor Nation in 2018 — but her happily ever after was blown up after Arie Luyendyk Jr. called off their brief engagement and moved on with Lauren Burnham.

The Bourdon founder chose to go back to reality TV later that year, hoping to find a more permanent partner. However, she found herself alone again after splitting from ex-fiancé Garrett Yrigoyen in August 2020.

Despite the ups and downs in her love life, Kufrin has been vocal about the positives of joining the Bachelor family — and why she isn’t afraid to put her heart on the line time and again.

“When people ask me if the Bachelor is ‘real’ or ‘really works,’ I always say yes,” the former Bachelor Live Tour cohost wrote via Instagram in October 2020 alongside a photo of pal Caroline Lunny. “Because I found love in my friendships, and this girl is proof of how worthwhile that journey was.”

One month prior, Kufrin revealed why she wasn’t, however, in a rush to settle down after two failed engagements.

“I’m 30. I’m ready to maybe be OK with not having to throw all my eggs in one basket per se,” she explained during a September 2020 episode of her and Rachel Lindsay’s “Bachelor Happy Hour” podcast. “Just kind of enjoy the experience that life and dating have to offer.”

She continued: “I feel like, it’s this weird, like, magical spot that I’m in right now. Maybe it’s the fact that I also moved to L.A. and it’s this new chapter. But it just feels like magic.”

Kufrin eventually tried her hand at reality TV romance once again in the summer of 2021, joking that “third times the charm” after meeting Thomas Jacobs on Bachelor in Paradise. Despite briefly breaking up during the show’s October 2021 finale, the twosome revealed that they are currently dating.

“I’m sorry for breaking up with you on national television, but I’ll take every day to make it up to you, Tommy,” Kufrin captioned an Instagram video after the finale aired. “Thanks for making my heart smile far more than it ever has. Now time to start this real life.”

Scroll down for a look back at Kufrin’s love life from college to now:

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Ross Jirgl

The Minnesota native dated her college sweetheart on and off for roughly seven years before calling it quits in 2016. Kufrin spoke about their relationship while competing on The Bachelor in 2018, saying, “He got me through the hardest time I had ever lived through at that point when my dad passed away.”

After Jirgl showed up on the show to try and win her back, Kufrin explained that too much time had passed between them. “We have both changed so much, and you don’t really know who I am anymore,” she told him after his surprise appearance. “I don’t know who you are anymore.”

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Arie Luyendyk Jr.

The former publicist won Luyendyk Jr.’s heart during season 22 of The Bachelor, which began filming in late 2017. One month after proposing to Kufrin, the race car driver broke up with his then-fiancée during the finale, which aired in March 2018, revealing that he still had feelings for his runner-up, Burnham.

The televised breakup caused controversy among Bachelor Nation as did Luyendyk Jr.’s proposal to Burnham during the After the Final Rose special. The couple went to marry in 2019 and share three children: daughter Alessi and twins Senna and Lux.

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Garrett Yrigoyen

Kufrin found love again on season 14 of The Bachelorette, which premiered in May 2018. She got engaged to Yrigoyen during the show’s August finale and the pair moved to San Diego together in January 2019.

Yrigoyen’s support for the police amid the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020, however, caused tension between the couple. After months of speculation, Kufrin confirmed in September of that year that they called off their two-year engagement. 

“I don’t think it’s going to come as a shock to anyone, but Garrett and I have decided to end our engagement,” she tearfully said during an episode of her and Lindsay’s podcast at the time. “After many conversations, we came to this decision. It wasn’t something that we just arrived at one night. It wasn’t based solely off of one Instagram post or somebody else’s opinions or comments. There’s much more to it. To any relationship, there’s a lot of layers, and it’s not for me to divulge details. It’s no one’s business other than what I’m telling you right now.”

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Blake Horstmann

Following her split from Yrigoyen in 2020, Kufrin sparked romance speculation with Horstmann, who was the runner-up on her Bachelorette season. The pair’s close bond caused some fans to think that they were more than just friends.

After the Colorado native hinted in August 2021 that he and the B the Label designer were “talking” before she joined season 7 of Bachelor in Paradise, Kufrin set the record straight on their relationship. “Blake and I have always been friends. We’ve always been supportive of one another,” she said on an August episode of the “Click Bait” podcast. “In terms of the ‘talking,’ yeah, we’ve been in touch very sporadically, but nothing that I would say would warrant … a potential relationship.”

Horstmann reacted to Kufrin’s remarks the following month on his “Behind the Rose” podcast. “Listen, I was hurt by the podcast,” he explained. “Like you said, it’s no secret that we were hanging out prior. I don’t think it was some secret — like, [it] wasn’t at all. More than anything, I was hurt by it.”

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Thomas Jacobs

The TV personality started a relationship with Jacobs during season 7 of Bachelor in Paradise, which filmed in the summer of 2021. The duo broke up during the show’s October 2021 finale but rekindled their romance after filming ended.

“Becca and Thomas started dating again after Paradise,” ABC explained in a title card at the end of the episode. “They are happy and in love.” Kufrin confirmed that she and the season 17 Bachelorette contestant were back together via social media after the finale aired.

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