8 ladies from The Bachelor SA who found love after the show aired

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Jessica Calder, Bauke Hanekom
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  • Although these ladies did not find love on The Bachelor SA, they met their Prince Charming after the cameras stopped rolling.
  • Jessica Calder found love with another dating show contestant and told Channel24: "We both felt an instant connection." 
  • Other Bachelor SA contestants who have gone public with a new relationship include season 1's Jozaan Digue and Michaela Liebenberg from season 2.


While these ladies might not have found true love on The Bachelor SA, they sparked a meaningful love connection after the show aired.

Just because their happily ever after didn't play out on TV, it doesn't mean contestants are unlucky in love. 

As the saying goes, sometimes you have to kiss a few frogs to find a prince. 

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1. Jessica Calder (season 2)

Bakery owner Jessica Calder found love with another dating show contestant, Bauke Hanekom.

Jessica and Bauke caught each other's attention on Instagram, and after meeting in person the sparks flew! 

"Bauke followed me on Instagram first, let's just get that straight, I then DMed him," Jessica told Channel24, saying that Instagram is the new Tinder.  

"Our first date and meet up was at Cape Quarter. Bauke had to get cleaning products. That's dating in lockdown. We both felt an instant connection, and the rest is history," she said further.

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2. Jessica Ross (season 2)

An early favourite on the reality dating show, Jessica announced in July that she had found love with personal trainer and model, Brent Thompson.

Jessica left The Bachelor SA during the season's most emotional rose ceremony. 

"Sometimes people come into your life when you least expect it... You appeared in my life at a time when I thought I was far from ready to be able to let someone new in. You were patient with me and understood all the emotions I was still processing, and not once did it make you want to second guess your decision by asking me to be your girlfriend, [sic]" she wrote on Instagram. 

Since disclosing their romance, Jessica has shared several other steamy photos with her model-boyfriend on the photo-sharing app. 

3. Bridget Marshall (season 2)

On Saturday, Bridget shared a picture with her boyfriend and former rugby player, Kobus de Kock, writing: "And then there was you."

Speaking to Channel24, Bridget confirmed the relationship, saying: "It feels like I'm living the Taylor Swift song, Love Story."

The photo Bridget selected to reveal her new romance to the public, was taken on Saturday at the Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, which she describes as their most memorable date so far. 

And about the decision to go public with her new romance, she said: "It just felt right."

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4. Silke Geugis (season 2)

Vegan activist Silke revealed her partner to the country in July, captioning a photo with her boyfriend on Instagram: "I appreciate you," followed by the hashtag #myfinalrose.

"God knew what I needed. It was always you," she captioned another photo.

5. Michaela Liebenberg (season 2)

Michaela was one of the first ladies to leave The Bachelor SA mansion when her "pick up lime" fell flat. (We thought it was funny!) 

But after the show aired, she found her Prince Charming in Rayniell dos Santos and the couple could not be happier.

"You make my heart smile," she captioned a photo smiling broadly with the new man in her life on Instagram.

Speaking to Channel24, she said: "I have been very blessed with an absolute gentleman who loves me and cares for me deeply. We have a relationship where we have fun together and we are best friends and soulmates. I wouldn't change him for anything in the world."

6. Jozaan Digue (season 1) 

Jozaan's search for love on season 1 of The Bachelor SA didn't have the happy ending she was hoping for, but one year later, the attorney opened up her heart again. 

Jozaan first shared a photo of the new man in her life in June, writing on Instagram: "You are the best thing I never planned."

Since making the announcement on Instagram, Jozaan has been flooding our Instagram timeline with happy snaps of the couple together.

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7. Chantelle van Aarde (season 1) 

After appearing on the first season of The Bachelor SA, Chantelle met her better half, and earlier this year tied the knot.

Chantelle and her husband married in March and spent their honeymoon in Mauritius just weeks before the national lockdown.

8. Kelly Tiegan (season 1)

In August Kelly celebrated 12 months of happiness with her boyfriend Thai Scott. 

"Loving you is so easy. Thank you for being in my life," she captioned a photo dedicated to her boyfriend.

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