The Original Bachelorette, Trista Sutter, is on the defense when it comes to the hit show that brought her together with her husband Ryan.
On Friday, May 29, she defended The Bachelor franchise amid the fallout from Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff’s break-up announcement.
The reality show that helps its single star and a lucky contestant find love is known for its failed relationships ... more often than not at least.
But Mike Fleiss, the show's creator, reminded critics that there is a silver lining. He tweeted “3 weddings in 2 years ain't bad, #Bachelornation.”
Trista retweeted that, adding, "And I'll raise u an 11 yr marriage. Hard work? Yes! Any marriage is! But without Bachelorette, no intro, no marriage.”
Adding to the list of success stories:
- The Bachelor lovebirds Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici;
- The Bachelorette's Desiree Hartstock and Chris Seigfried;
- The Bachelorette's Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum.
All of the above have married over the last several years, as Fleiss points out, and of course, Trista has a lot to show from her run on The Bachelorette.
She met Ryan on the show in 2003. Today, they have two kids: Maxwell, 7, and Blakesley, 6. In 2013, Trista and Ryan renewed their wedding vows.
Plus, she and her fireman husband are returning to reality TV with their own HGTV series, Rocky Mountain Reno.
Parade Magazine’s June 2014 issue featured Trista. In the mag, she reflected on her marriage and how it has thrived compared to other Bachelor couples.
"I think being grateful," she said.
”Making sure that you are acknowledging how grateful you are for each other on a consistent basis, being realistic with each other, and knowing that he has to go for a bike ride or go for a swim, or work in the yard."
Trista added, "He needs to have that alone time and I need to respect that just as he would respect me going to the gym or getting my nails done.”
“And humor is a big part of our relationship. We obviously love each other, but we like each other also, you need to actually be friends with your partner.”
Trista comes from a line of successful relationships.
On Thursday, she posted an Instagram photo of her maternal grandparents. In the photo, they are kissing.
She captioned the pic, "71 years ago today (you read that right!), Jim Blakesley & Rosemary Zufall promised...for better or worse, richer or poorer, in sickness & in health, that they would love & honor each other until death parts them.”
"Thankfully they continue to keep kicking through this life together...and inspiring me & our family along the way.
Thank you for showing me what marriage & commitment truly mean. I love you Gma & Gpa. Happy Anniversary!! #truelove #rolemodels #grewoldtogether #upsanddownsbutneverouts,” she added.