The Bachelorette Bros: Andrew, Greg, and Justin, and their "bromance" in Katie Thurston's season

Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico – The last place one would expect to make lasting friendships is when performing on The Bachelorette. Having missed out on love with Katie Thurston, though, Andrew, Greg, and Justin found the ultimate "bromance".

Greg Grippo, Andrew Spencer, and Justin Glaze met up for a night out in New York City.
Greg Grippo, Andrew Spencer, and Justin Glaze met up for a night out in New York City.  © Screenshot/Instagram/@andrewzspencer

It seems a little odd that men who are competing for the same woman's heart could form close friendships with one another throughout the process, but that's exactly what happened on Katie Thurston's season of The Bachelorette.

While it could have been an attempt by ABC and the show's producers to move away from the degrading and petty chaos that's been present in nearly every season in Bachelor history, it seems rather unlike (after all, such degradation has proved itself rather lucrative), and the "bromances" of Season 17 certainly appear as authentic.

It could just simply be that casting just nailed it, formulating an inclusive and, for the most part, emotionally mature group of men for Katie's choosing.

No matter the reasoning, it's hard to ignore the "bromances" that blossomed in Season 17. Some were so powerful, in fact, that they seem to have continued in the outside world as well.

Take Andrew Spencer, Greg Grippo, and Justin Glaze, for example. While each experienced different departures from the show that inevitably left them heartbroken, the bond they formed in the midst of filming carried over to the outside world.

Andrew, Greg, and Justin's Bachelorette experience was far from sunshine and roses

Katie Thurston's season of The Bachelorette created "bromances" that'll last for life.
Katie Thurston's season of The Bachelorette created "bromances" that'll last for life.  © Collage: Screenshot/Instagram/@thekatiethurston/@justinglaze

Andrew's departure from Season 17 was a rough one to watch, as Katie didn't give him a rose, then later regretted it and begged him to stay. He left anyway, on principle, but that didn't make it any less painful to watch.

Greg Grippo put on the performance of a lifetime while allegedly gaslighting Katie in the process. Though she literally begged him on her hands and knees to stay, Greg exited stage left in quite the dramatic fashion.

As for Justin, he felt that he was in the final three based on a technicality, being Greg's untimely departure. Katie ultimately broke his heart on the steps outside a gazebo, and sent him packing.

Bachelorette "bromances" blossom in New York City

With the three men out of the running at a shot to walk into the sunset with Katie, it only made sense to link up after the show for some wild nights filled with "bromance" galore while taking in everything New York City's night-life has to offer.

When Andrew showed up on Greg's Instagram Story, and both Justin and Greg appeared on Andrew's TikTok feed, it begged the question as to why three former contestants who made it nearly to the end would be bro-ing out together over some cocktails in the big city.

But love is love, and these three men proved that dating the same woman at the same time couldn't keep them apart once the smoke had cleared.

Connor spills all about The Bachelorette Season 17 "bromances

Greg Grippo and Connor Brennan had the strongest bromance of The Bachelorette Season 17.
Greg Grippo and Connor Brennan had the strongest bromance of The Bachelorette Season 17.  © Collage: Screenshot/Instagram/@greggrippo/@connorfalcon

The bromances didn't just flourish outside the Bachelorette bubble, though, they were steady throughout Katie's season, with Greg and Connor Brennan leading the way.

Throughout the season, Connor and Greg were caught on camera bro-ing out on the couch, while Connor lay delicately in Greg's arm, almost as if they were comforting one another in a way that hasn't really been captured in the show's history.

Moments like this provided much ammo for Bachelor Nation to pop off on Twitter over, with memes galore. Unfortunately for viewers, their budding bromance was cut short when Katie sent Connor home, citing their lack of chemistry.

Even though he didn't leave with Katie's love, Connor admitted in an original song at the Men Tell All special that he at least left with 30 new friends – something that's still mind-boggling, given that they were all vying for one woman.

Connor brings the ultimate bromance to Bachelor in Paradise

The bro-love between the various men on Katie's season also spilled over to Bachelor in Paradise, with Connor, Tre Cooper, Aaron Clancy, and James Bonsall bringing the bro-love and comradery to Mexico.

The men instantly reunited and formed unspoken alliances to not go for the women each had their eyes on. That alliance was strengthened when the not-so-jolly giant Thomas Jacobs showed up with mister steal-your-girl vibes.

Their alliance then took a sharp turn, as it was all hands on deck to ensure the ladies were aware of Thomas' devious and manipulative ways, while still managing to lift each other up.

What the men from Season 17 of the Bachelorette have shown is that not every guy has to be your competition. Even if you have the same end goal in mind, you can still be supportive of one another on your respective journeys.

After all, if that's not what life is all about, we don't know what is.

Cover photo: Screenshot/Instagram/@andrewzspencer

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