It’s the night of May 31 and I’m determined to not miss another month of posting, even if it’s just a throwaway entry. I was about to make another “reads” post because those are always quick and easy, but then I remembered that a bomb dropped this week in the Bachelor universe which is debatable-y far more interesting:
Jared Haibon and Ashley Iaconnetti are finally dating! We can finally let out the breath we didn’t know we’d been holding for three years.
This news means nothing to you if you’re not a fan of the franchise. If, however, you are a Bachelor fangirl like me, this news made you scream out loud (sorry roomies), cancel all your plans for the night and try to figure out what. The. Hell. Is going on.
Learning the story isn’t that difficult. Ashley was already producing a show called The Story of Us, where where she interviews couples on how they met, fell in love, and developed their relationship. Her and Jared’s story was taped as a finale to the series. Watch it here:
Jashley’s history is so complicated that it definitely deserves this length video, but for those of you who don’t want to watch the whole thing (what? You’re telling me you have better things to do than watch a 44-minute video on two people you don’t know? You might as well just put yourself down under the list of people who hate love), you can read People magazine’s article on what happened. Or, as a last resort, you can read this post 🙂 Pick your poison.
Jared was on Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season of the Bachelorette and made it to top 4. I hadn’t started watching the Bachelorette at this point yet, so the only memorable things I know about him are 1) a lot of people have said he looks like Ashton Kutcher (he’s actually the reason Ashton and Mila became fans of the franchise!) and 2) this video, where he gets demolished on a group boxing date:
Ashley was on Chris Soule’s season of the Bachelor. She was known for being a virgin and… well that’s pretty much it. I feel like Ashley’s someone that grows on you, but I’ve gotten to the point of being absolutely in love with her. She is so unapologetic about who she is (a 29-year-old who’s never been in a relationship, boyband-obsessed, etc.) because she knows just how much she kicks ass. She has a Masters in journalism and has leveraged her initial stint on the Bachelor into a full-fledged journalist career. Ashley is so relatable she could be any of us in another life, which is why I think so many of us were cheering for her to finally find love.
Bachelor in Paradise
Jared and Ashley officially meet in season 2 of Bachelor in Paradise (BIP). Ashley is clearly way more into Jared than vice versa, and they don’t end up together after the series. In BIP season 3, both come back to look for love, and this is where major drama ensues. Ashley’s “friend” Caila comes to Paradise and Jared’s immediately interested in her, which incenses Ashley because Caila had told her before she show she would not be interested in Jared. Jared is interested in Caila and Ashley cries.
This doesn’t have anything to do with their story, but during BIP season 3 the producers also hilariously edited the footage so it looked like she was talking to a parrot:
Their love triangle was so (in?)famous it got them onto Ellen:
Anyways, Jared and Caila didn’t end up together. Jared ends up going on BIP Australia, and Ashley heads off to the Winter Games.
Jared doesn’t end up finding anyone…
But Ashley does!
This is where things get a little dicey for me. Jared realizes he actually likes Ashley basically as soon as she finds someone else. *rolls eyes so hard they almost fall out of my head*
So he goes on some soul-crushing times where he’s tortured that Ashley’s off the market, and with the encouragement of a Bachelor friend he tells her how she feels as she’s about to board a plane and kisses her. Ashley (and here I’m pumping my fist for her having some self-respect) tells him that she is going to keep dating Kevin. But obviously that fizzled out with Jared, her love-at-first-sight, in the back of her head…
My feelings on the entire situation can probably be summarized with this tweet:
Maybe there’s no moral to draw from this. Maybe the fact that they are giddy and happy together is enough – it certainly makes my heart full.