VAIL, Colo. - Life for former ABC "Bachelorette" Trista Sutter and her husband, Ryan, is now about their two kids, 4-year-old Max and 2-year-old Blakesley.
It's been nearly a decade since they met on the first season of "The Bachelorette." The reality lovebirds admit they're still fans of the show.
"It's part of our love story, so I have a connection to it that way," said Trista.
While Trista has watched just about every episode of the "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette," Ryan has not.
"In the same way that it brings back fond memories for Trista, it brings back less fond memories for me," said Ryan.
He said being one of the final contestants means you're more emotionally invested than ever. As he watches this season featuring Ben Flajnik, he feels for the final ladies on the show.
"You can see it on the faces of the ones who don't get chosen. They take it harder and harder," Ryan explained.
Trista and Ryan have noticed the "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" have changed and evolved over the years, as they should, if they want people to keep tuning in.
Trista gave a glimpse into producers behind-the-scenes. When she was on "The Bachelorette," if she wanted one of the contestants off the show because he was more into the cameras than her, the producers would respect that and let her make the decision. Trista thinks it's likely not that easy now.
"In this day and age, (producers) probably would say, 'It's the first night, why don't you keep him?' I feel like (producers) would put their two cents in," explained Trista.
"You can't be that surprised if it doesn't work out. It's just a television show," said Ryan.
The drama from this season's "The Bachelor" has some wondering if the cast is acting or if there's selective editing.
"Yes, they can have them edit to where they show all their good days, or all their really bad days. When you say something, it can be used against you," Trista warned.
But Trista still believes in the show. She said a little drama is good and it's what a viewer wants.
"If they don't make it entertaining, as Ryan said, then no one's going to tune in," explained Trista.
"Sometimes people blow up and became famous. For us, that happened and now we're just kind of normal," said Ryan.
"Normal" is how both Trista and Ryan describe themselves, with a touch of celebrity. They still live in Vail, Colorado.
Trista now designs children's clothing for Vintage Couture, an online company that also donates part of the proceeds to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Ryan is still a Vail firefighter.
"We're sort of happy moving on from (the show)," laughed Trista and Ryan.
"If you have the right intention, hopefully the result will be a successful love story," said Trista.
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