Dean Unglert: 'The Bachelor' franchise relationships are fake, not a single one of them is real!
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/10/2019
Dean Unglert doesn't hold back when it comes to expressing himself, and he apparently views most Bachelor Nation relationships as a joke.
The 27-year-old start-up recruiter criticized relationships that form out of The Bachelor franchise after personally going through four failed romances over the course of his three appearances on The Bachelor spinoffs.
"None of these Bachelor relationships are real, not a single one of them," Dean toldAccess on Wednesday.
"Maybe you've got some marriages and some kids and those ones are real, but every one of them's fake and contrived and I'm not into that."
Although most romances that develop on The Bachelor,The Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise, and The Bachelor Winter Games don't last in the real world, the ABC franchise has turned out more than a handful of very successful relationships -- including Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici as well as Carly Waddell and Evan Bass, both of whom have welcomed children together.
"Granted, there are some that are real, like those ones I guess, but boyfriend-girlfriend relationships, every single one of them is fake," Dean said.
Dean apparently believes many bachelors and bachelorettes from the show don't have the right intentions when they sign on for a season of reality TV dating.
"I think contestants on The Bachelor will prioritize a relationship over the person, right? So they're like, 'I love being in a relationship more than I love you as a person' and that stuff, it sucks," Dean explained.
"That's just not how it should be. You should love a person and then want to be in a relationship with them, not love the idea of a relationship and then you find someone to be in that with you, because it makes sense."
Dean insisted it's better for a reality TV star to be in a relationship rather than being single after coming out of one of The Bachelor shows when it comes to potential financial gain and fame.
"From a marketing side of things, if you're in a relationship, you get more good notoriety, whatever it is and it's just like, who cares? I'm not going to be in a relationship for the sake of, like, image or selling more things on Instagram, you know?" Dean ranted in his interview with Access.
"So if you wouldn't be in a relationship if all of that weren't there, you shouldn't be in a relationship to begin with. That's kind of the approach I take."
Dean elaborated, "And that's kind of why I never want to get in a Bachelor relationship again because, whether or not, there is an inkling or whisper of a possibility that the other person might be in it because they see the value in it monetarily or whatever, social status wise."
Dean failed to commit to either woman, and then he went on to date Lesley Murphy on The Bachelor Winter Games.
When updating fans on their seemingly strong and happy romance during the show's World Tells All reunion special in February 2018, Dean got down on one knee and presented Lesley with a key to his apartment rather than a diamond ring.
However, Dean and Lesley split in April 2018 after four months together, and he suggested to Accessshe wasn't genuine during their time together on the show when he was trying to get to know her better.