The Bachelor alum Amanda Marsh has opened up about her split with Season 1 The Bachelor star Alex Michel 18 years after their season aired on ABC.
Amanda received Alex’s final rose and an invitation to move to California to be with him — but no marriage proposal — on The Bachelor’s inaugural season, which aired in 2002 on ABC.
Amanda and Alex’s season was recapped on Monday night’s episode of The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons — Ever!, and at one point, Amanda checked in with host Chris Harrison via videochat.
Harrison asked Amanda what happened after the show and what went wrong in her post-The Bachelor relationship with Alex.
“We had to kind of get back to reality and I moved to California and Alex relocated, and I just couldn’t get settled in,” Amanda admitted.
“I didn’t know where to go for work, I turned down some amazing opportunities for Playboy and some other entertainment options.”
She continued, “And I had a callback from Kansas City to be a deejay on a rock [radio] station, so I moved back home and we continued to have the relationship long-distance for about a year.”
However, the distance apparently presented too many obstacles for the couple to overcome.
“That was difficult,” Amanda noted. “We tried to make it work but it was hard. That’s a pretty long distance.”