The married Bachelorette stars Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried found they have some work to do on their union while appearing on Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars.

Hartsock and Siegfried got married two years after Siegfried proposed to Hartsock in May 2013 on the ninth season of The Bachelorette. This year, the couple went onto Marriage Boot Camp to bond. 

“I think just both Chris and I needed to reconnect in a different way that we did before our first child,” Hartsock told uInterview in an exclusive interview. “I was eight months postpartum and feeling like s— so I just needed a little like compliments here and there.”

Siegfried later added, “when you have a baby I think it changes the dynamic of everything.”

Marriage Bootcamp helped their relationship get back on track. “It was an opportunity for us to actually have to talk about things whereas when your in your everyday life you just go about life and if the smallest thing is bothering you then it just kind of accumulates and then it happens and you just blow up at each other, but on Marriage Bootcamp you really had to discuss things as the activities were happening,” Hartsock explained.

The couple explained that the pressure for their marriage to succeed and how The Bachelorette was different from Marriage Bootcamp.

Hartsock and Siegfried explained that after the show they had to decide if they really wanted to be together and continue to just live life without getting mixed up in fame chasing. The duo believes that a huge part of why they are a successful couple is that they wanted to just do their own thing.

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Both found the Bootcamp house fascinating. “It was very interesting to have so many different personalities, and many different backgrounds, and so many different relationships in one house, but it was fun,” Hartsock said. “Sometimes I would be sitting on the couch with my drink like I’m watching TV while being on TV and this is amazing because what was happening was so dramatic for us because it’s not our daily lives. So it was interesting I actually learned a lot about other people as well.”