Catching up with “KipTen” (Kiptyn & Tenley)

We all remember Tenley Molzahn as the perky runner-up to Vienna on Jake’s season of The Bachelor, while Kiptyn Locke was the surfer hottie runner-up on Jillian’s Bachelorette season. The adorable twosome, who coupled-up on the inaugural season of Bachelor Pad last summer, nearly wound up winning the $250,000 prize money. Although David and Natalie won the ‘Pad, Kiptyn and Tenley nabbed an even better prize: A hot romance that has yet to cool.

“Honestly, the feeling was disappointment,” says Tenley about their second-place finish on Bachelor Pad. “We knew we took the toughest competition (to the finale) and we felt like we did the right thing.” To this day, Kiptyn still wonders about the final vote tally among his fellow Bachelor Pad members. “Since it was simply casting the vote without an explanation there was not as much closure as I would have hoped for.”

Many viewers assumed that Tenley and Kiptyn had taken the cynical route, and merely coupled up in order to strengthen their chances of winning the money. Tenley insists that was far from the case. In fact, she now thinks that it was a detriment to winning: “Being a couple was a major stigma around Bachelor Pad. It would have been smarter to avoid it.”

Still, there was no avoiding the strong attraction these two felt for each other when they met, a few months prior to joining forces on the show. Since last summer, these two have enjoyed a whirlwind romance that has taken them all over the country as ambassadors for The Bachelor, as well as their own charitable causes. “We’ve learned from each other and we’ve grown together,” says Kiptyn. “From the quiet nights at home together to nights out at flashy Hollywood events, we’ve learned to respect, support and enjoy one another. We have fun, we don’t care what people think and we laugh a lot. Both the romance and the friendship have really grown.”

Kiptyn is still involved in numerous businesses in his San Diego hometown, while Tenley has had a chance to work as a correspondent for both E! and Dancing With The Stars. They’re both very close with a number of former Bachelor cast members. This past January, they recently attended the Sundance Film festival with Trista and Ryan. “It’s amazing how everyone keeps in touch. We’ve both made some incredible friends though this whole experience.”

Tenley and Kiptyn are both big fans of Brad, and they are convinced he has found true love this time around. “He has this glow about him and he said he is incredibly happy,” says Tenley. “He said he can’t wait for the show to finish airing so he can just be with his girl. He seems genuinely happy and we can’t wait to see the outcome.”

As for the girl they would like to see with a ring on her finger, Tenley and Kiptyn both have a good feeling about Chantal O. “It’s hard to deny the chemistry between Brad and Chantal O,” says Tenley. “I think she’s a very real girl and after meeting Brad I can see how real he is so I think they’d make a great match. “Add Kiptyn, “Emily seems to be a fan favorite and for good reason. Both Chantal and Shawntel seem like strong personalities that could mesh well with Brad.”

As for the couple’s wedding plans, it’s hopefully on the near horizon.

“It’s really important to both of us to take that step when the time is right,” says Kiptyn. “We didn’t want to dive right into things because of a public expectation assumed with the “Bachelor” timing. However, it’s been seven months now and we’ve really gotten to know each other very well. There hasn’t been any ring shopping yet but if things continue to grow with us then I’d imagine later this year that would be a step we’d take.”


  1. They lost because of the LIE…Tenley told about Michele. If your going to bring it up,at least tell the truth. I am glad to see Kiptyn and Tenley together and happpy though. I wish them the Best! They make a cute couple.

    Comment by Debbie — February 16, 2011 @ 2:36 am

  2. Tenley didn’t lie about looney Michelle. you must not have watched the show?

    Comment by orry — February 16, 2011 @ 9:45 pm

  3. Tenly didn’t lie about Michelle. Michelle was CLEARLY the liar.

    Comment by Staci — February 17, 2011 @ 12:18 am

  4. Liar liar, pants on fire.

    Comment by Frank — February 17, 2011 @ 2:39 am

  5. Ohhh yes she did lie. I’m a Tenley fan, but she did lie.

    Comment by Booty250 — February 17, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

  6. God knows the truth! If Tenley didn’t lie – great! If she did, well, there’s a word for that – Karma!

    Comment by Yvette — February 17, 2011 @ 11:17 pm

  7. No one on that show could stand Michele. I don’t know if you call thinking Michele was with someone or not a lie but she didn’t mean any harm. Michele over reacted like she always did. The reason they lost was they felt an obligation to Natalie and Dave. Being the kind hearted people they are that is why they lost. In my oppinion Kiptyn and Tenley were the real winners. They found one another. I know they are going to have a wonderful life.

    Comment by Madge — February 17, 2011 @ 11:34 pm

  8. i’m very happy to see kiptyn and tenley together, i hope there’s a wedding bells for them soon.

    Comment by dyne — February 17, 2011 @ 11:42 pm

  9. Tenley did not lie. You should not say it if you did not watch the shows. One guy said: “Michelle was his bunk bed’s friend”. He said it.

    Comment by Ann — February 18, 2011 @ 1:49 am

  10. Who cares if Tenley lied. Michelle is a certified idiot. Plus it was a game. I personally don’t think she lied. It was probably the truth

    Comment by suelawing — February 21, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

  11. Tenley spoke the truth. If you watched the show and paid attention… She was accused of getting in the sack with “what’s his name.. Craig?” with the “hair”. In the end of show when Craig was talking to the camera, HE referred to Michelle as his “Bunk Buddy”…. so obviously it was not a lie. All the women were jealous of Tenley, I was suprised to see her on the show. She is too nice for that crap! David and Natalie, a couple of self seekers, that is why they won. Michelle was pure evil anyway. I am happy to see T & K together, bith good people. I am sure they will be blessed 10 times over for everything they give to the world, un-selfishly.

    Comment by Krm — February 22, 2011 @ 7:41 pm

  12. tenley & kypton are the cutest couple ever. I wish them the best & hopefully there will be a wedding soon! They are two genuine people and they deserve love. Tenley did not lie.

    Comment by orrrr. — February 28, 2011 @ 8:05 pm

  13. Hey they are the cutest cuple ever…I watched both of the seasons and thought that both of them shoold have won but now i dont think so since they are together and i wish the best of luck for them and for emily and brad…

    Comment by George — April 7, 2011 @ 11:42 pm

  14. I hope there will be wedding bells for Tenley and Kypton very soon i cant wait.

    Comment by ANNETTE — April 19, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

  15. No Tenley did not lie. Michelle was playing the game and that got her eliminated. That was all is to it. Natalie and David won the money but Tenley and Kiptyn were the real winners.

    Comment by me — July 17, 2011 @ 7:57 pm

  16. You are such a lovely couple. All the best for the future.

    Comment by Gerda-Marie Pratt — October 4, 2011 @ 8:18 am

  17. she is a lier

    Comment by kathryn — March 21, 2012 @ 5:04 am

  18. I love you to together you’ll where my favorites from the beginning(tinley and kiptyn)

    Comment by Yanga — March 23, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

  19. Tenley & Kiptyn – what a beautiful couple you are! My ultimate favorites right from the beginning – love you guys to bits!!! Tenley you are drop dead gorgeous! Wow seeing the two of you falling in love was what I was hoping for. Please never ever stop loving one another – hope to see more of you both :-)

    Comment by Fransie Visser — March 23, 2012 @ 1:32 pm

  20. Kyp and Tanley, you won more than the money, each other, because the 2 of you are such great people, may God bless the 2 of you, and I pray the your finacial situation can improve to help your parents.

    Comment by charmaine — March 23, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

  21. Hey Tenley and Kiptyn, In South Afica we have just finished watching the finale of Bachelor Pad.
    Tenley I watched the Bachelor with Jake and could have kicked his ass when he chose Savannah, Havannah whatever her name was which only ended up in absolute disaster. I think when he saw you in the dance competition with Kiptyn he was kicking himself quietly. You have both walked out of the competition way wealthier than 250 000 dollars, there is no price on love. Be happy in love. xx

    Comment by Julie — March 25, 2012 @ 7:07 am

  22. Great show just think Kiptyn & Tenley should have won!!! Great couple and may God provide you with love for the rest of your lives.

    Comment by Heidi — March 26, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

  23. I absolutely adore Kip&Ten.Be blessed guys

    Comment by Lungi — May 25, 2012 @ 10:30 pm

  24. Kip & Ten you are great together, such a natural couple,- wish you could give some sound advice to Ashley & JP who are also great but need to turn a deaf ear to negative feedback. You guys just laugh it off and then give your own views, no malicious spite at all in either of you. Keep it up guys and you will have a wonderful life together which you deserve.

    Comment by Gail — July 31, 2012 @ 5:49 am

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