Getting to Know Kendall Long
Kendall Long first entered the spotlight as a contestant on Arie Luyendyk Jr.‘s season of The Bachelor in 2018. Her quirky personality and creative spirit made her a fan favorite on the show. Though she didn‘t win the final rose, Kendall ended up finding love in Paradise when she returned for Season 5 of Bachelor in Paradise later that year.
On the beaches of Paradise, Kendall hit it off with Grocery Store Joe Amabile from Becca Kufrin‘s season of The Bachelorette. Their natural chemistry led to an adorable relationship that viewers loved watching unfold on screen.
Though Kendall and Joe didn‘t last as a couple outside of Paradise, Kendall remains one of the most popular personalities to come from Bachelor Nation. Read on to learn more about her journey!
Kendall‘s Time on The Bachelor
When Kendall Long stepped out of the limo on night one of The Bachelor Season 22, fans were immediately drawn to her bright smile and quirky personality. During her intro package, Kendall revealed some of her unusual hobbies like taxidermy and playing the ukulele.
"I love to embrace my weird side," Kendall declared.
Some of Kendall‘s most memorable moments on Arie‘s season included:
- Showing Arie her taxidermy collection on a 1-on-1 date, including her favorite mounted rats
- Dressing up like a kissable red crab on a silly group date
- Opening up emotionally about feeling ready to find a soulmate
Though Kendall and Arie formed a strong connection, she was eliminated in week 7 just before hometown dates. She left the show with grace and gratitude for the experience.
Finding Love on Bachelor in Paradise
After her journey on The Bachelor, Kendall was ready to try finding love again when she joined Season 5 of Bachelor in Paradise. Things got off to a rocky start when she found herself in a love triangle with Leo Dottavio and Joe Amabile. Ultimately Kendall chose to pursue a relationship with Joe.
Sparks flew as Kendall and Joe quickly became a fan favorite couple. Viewers loved watching their natural chemistry and goofy behavior, like serenading each other with silly songs. Their playful banter and clear compatibility made them seem destined for a future together beyond Paradise.
In the finale, Joe waited patiently as Kendall wrestled with deciding to take the next step in their relationship. When she finally committed to leaving together, fans rejoiced at the storybook ending.
What Kendall Is Up to Now
After leaving Paradise as a couple, Kendall and Joe made a go of it in the real world. They dated long distance between Kendall‘s home base of Los Angeles and Joe‘s city of Chicago. According to Kendall, they put in the work to make it last.
"We‘ve been working really hard on our relationship and taking it very seriously," she told Us Weekly in 2019.
Unfortunately, the geographic divide ultimately proved too much. In January 2020, Kendall and Joe announced their difficult decision to go their separate ways.
Today, Kendall has found love again with a man named Sage. She keeps the relationship private but seems very happy. When she isn‘t hanging out with her new beau, Kendall enjoys trying new restaurants, spending time with friends, and going on adventures near her home in L.A.
She also continues to be involved in Bachelor Nation, often appearing on reunion shows and giving interviews to update fans on her life. Viewers can also keep up with Kendall‘s day-to-day on her social channels, where she shares glimpses into her world.
Why Fans Love Kendall Long
Since first appearing on Arie‘s season of The Bachelor, Kendall has become one of the most beloved personalities to come from the franchise. Here are some of the key reasons fans are drawn to her:
- Her genuineness. Kendall stays true to herself unapologetically. As fan @bachelor_fanatic tweeted: "Kendall‘s authenticity is so refreshing to see in Bachelor World."
- Her adventurous spirit. Kendall goes after life with curiosity and gusto. As fan @bach_obsessed commented: "She‘s not afraid to get dirty and try new things. I love how game she is for anything."
- Her creativity. From taxidermy to ukulele playing, Kendall displays unique interests and talents. "She expresses herself through so many creative outlets. I wish I was as artsy as her!" wrote fan @kenny4thewin.
- Her love story with Joe. Fans found their romance inspiring and relatable. "They gave me hope in finding my own Grocery Store Joe," shared fan @jo_ken_forever.
- Her maturity and grace. Kendall handles hard moments with wisdom. As fan @bachfan4ever noted: "She carries herself with so much class. Kendall is wise beyond her years."
After five years, Kendall remains one of Bachelor Nation‘s most beloved contestants. Her authentic spirit and zest for life continue to inspire fans everywhere.