After a failed attempt at finding love with Bachelor Ben Higgins, Amanda Stanton joined the Bachelor in Paradise cast in hopes of finding true love. Little did she know that she would become one of the most sought after contestants on the third season of Bachelor in Paradise.
[Warning — Bachelor in Paradise Season 3 spoilers ahead]
Last week, Amanda kicked off her stay in Paradise by going on a date with Nick Viall, and it was clear that they were both smitten with each other. However, in ABC’s video preview (below), fans will see that is all about to change during the second episode that airs on August 8.
Nick’s rival from Andi Dorfman’s season of the Bachelorette — Josh Murray — will arrive on Week 2 and take Amanda on a date and that won’t be their last. According to Reality Steve, they were “inseparable” after their first date and were one of three couples to get engaged on the season finale.
However, there is speculation that Amanda and Josh didn’t just get engaged on the finale — they may have had their wedding at the Playa Escondida resort on the last day of filming.
Amanda currently lives in Orange County, California, with her two young daughters, Kinsley and Charlie. Amanda was married to the father of her children, Nick Buonfiglio, from October, 2012, until they split three years later.
so much love in this house it's basically overflowing out the windows ❌⭕️ pic.twitter.com/cWTlHWxaSL— Amanda Stanton (@amandastantonnn) July 28, 2016
According to Radar Online, court documents reveal that their divorce was finalized on June 15, 2015, just three months before Amanda started filming the Bachelor. Just one year after her divorce from Nick was legal, Amanda joined the cast of Bachelor in Paradise.
The Stir reports that some fans criticized Amanda for leaving her daughters behind to join another reality TV show, but she quickly fired back against the haters on Twitter.
Am I the first mother to ever leave their kids for 3 weeks?! I'm so confused why so many people are outraged over this ????— Amanda Stanton (@amandastantonnn) July 28, 2016
Are moms who leave their kids to go to work for 40 hours a week bad moms too...?— Amanda Stanton (@amandastantonnn) July 28, 2016
Filming for Bachelor in Paradise wrapped up in June, and Amanda has been back in California with her daughters since then. However, Josh and Amanda haven’t exactly been hiding the fact that they are a couple, although it’s not clear without rings on their fingers if they got married on the show or are still engaged.
(SPOILER): If one BIP couple spoiling their ending wasn't enough, here was one at Target this past Monday pic.twitter.com/znjIfjEPt6— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) August 3, 2016
Then this appeared on her Snapchat. Gee, whose Advocare bracelet and watch could that possibly be in Amanda's snap? pic.twitter.com/9aE4GkhgYn— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) August 5, 2016
According to Hollywood Life, Josh’s mother flew to Mexico right before the season finale was taped in June and posted about her trip on Facebook, complete with a photo of Josh. She quickly removed the Mexico location tag after fans started speculating she was heading to Josh’s wedding.
Even Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss hinted that there may be a wedding on Bachelor in Paradise this season, tweeting that he bets that “at least one” of the couples who gets engaged in Paradise “will get married.”
I bet that at least one of our #BachelorInParadise engaged couples will get married... ❤️— Mike Fleiss (@fleissmeister) June 28, 2016
Two of Amanda’s co-stars, twins Emily and Haley Ferguson, warned her about Josh during their stay in Paradise. According to a previous report from the Inquisitr, Josh “blew up” at several contestants when he found out what the twins said, but that didn’t scare Amanda off.
In fact, one of her most recent posts on Instagram seems to hint that she made a good decision getting engaged — and perhaps married — to Josh Murray.
“If you feel with your heart that something is right, it probably is.”
Viewers won’t know for sure if Josh and Amanda got married on the show until ABC airs the season finale of Bachelor in Paradise in early September. Until then, fans will continue to speculate about the couple who appears to be enjoying their time together in Amanda’s home state of California.
Watch Bachelor in Paradise on Monday nights at 8 p.m. ET, followed by a one-hour show on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET and the After Paradise live talk show at 9 p.m. ET.
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