The dust had not yet settled from Season 16 of "The Bachelor" when Ben Flajnik and his chosen winner, Courtney Robertson, admitted they were having problems, and just a few months later, they'd ended their made-for-TV engagement for good. But while Flajnik's bid at finding eternal love on "The Bachelor" failed (as most do, given the show's poor track record), he took a more normal approach to getting back in the game.
"I found [love] on a dating app," Flajnik told HuffPost's Here To Make Friends podcast, joking, "Swipe right, swipe right." To clarify, yes, Flajnik met his girlfriend of a year and a half, Stephanie Winn, on Tinder.
Tinder has gained a reputation as more of a hook-up app, but it looks like it can lead to love after all. The couple now lives together in San Francisco -- with a dog, of course. "Nice, normal life," said Flajnik. "Live in a quiet neighborhood in the city and, you know, friends all around."
The oenophile and one-time vintner is all-in on dating apps, as a matter of fact. He's left the vineyard and returned to the world of consumer tech. His current project, The Gentleman App, promises to pick up where Tinder leaves off, by ensuring modern men know how to treat their girlfriends properly.
For more, check out the new episode of HuffPost's podcast, Here To Make Friends!
This podcast is produced and edited by Katelyn Bogucki.