She’s tackled real estate, dating in front of millions of people, and now marriage. So what’s next for former Bachelorette DeAnna Pappas?
What happened to DeAnna Pappas after The Bachelor and The Bachelorette? The bubbly brunette’s 15 minutes of fame have gotten a reset ever since her recent appearance on Brad Womack’s episode of The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons – Ever!
America met Pappas more than a decade ago on the popular dating competition show. After Womack shocked Bachelor Nation by sending her and romantic rival Jenni Croft home without a final rose or a proposal, producers decided to give Pappas her own shot at finding love. She was cast on season 4 of The Bachelorette. Her relationship with finalist and winner Jesse Csincsak fizzled out before the pair could wed. Pappas was eventually introduced to her husband Stephen Stagliano – the brother of Michael Stagliano from season 5 of The Bachelorette. Pappas describes the instant connection she felt for her husband.
“I knew within two weeks that I wanted to marry him only because I knew I would not be okay if this person was not in my life for the rest of my life,” Pappas told E! News. “He’s just a good man and I won’t ever leave him. I won’t because no one is as good as him.” Pappas went on to explain to Good Morning America that she harbors no ill-will towards Womack for the fickle ending on his season. She even joked that she probably should have done the same thing he did and NOT choose a winner on her season.
Aside from her romantic life, Pappas has also experienced a number of changes professionally. It was reported by PopCrush that she was once in real estate but shifted her focus to working in television full time. She was a host on Lifetime’s Get Married and was also featured on an episode of Oxygen’s Bachelorette Party. Then there was the time when Pappas interviewed Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey on the red carpet of the Ghost of Girlfriends Past premiere in 2009 and received a bit of praise from him due to her ability to juggle 24 guys at once. Pappas has even earned a pretty penny doing celebrity endorsements for a number of companies, but her main profession to this day is working as a corporate flight attendant. Her latest passion project is a web series called Moms in Cars, in which she and her friends swap parenting stories from the backseat of the car they’re traveling in. In her spare time, she unwinds with her fellow Bachelorettes. She lovingly refers to them as her “girl gang,” and spends a good amount of time supporting everyone’s causes as well as their next chapters.
DeAnna Pappas is living a charmed life, now that her stints on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are over. While her time on each show may have resulted in heartbreak and disappointment, she has bounced back in a major way with husband Stephen Stagliano. The couple has a lot in common, including a shared history with The Bachelor franchise. Now, they’ve put all those hard-earned lessons to work in their own marriage. Pappas could have been bitter about her unfortunate time in Bachelor Nation, but it looks like she’s just too grateful to harp on the negative.
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