Our hearts will go on... hoping that Ashley Iaconetti and Dean Unglert finally become a thing! The adorable besties set off fans' "are they or aren't they?" radars again on Nov. 1, when Ashley posted photos of their Halloween costumes. Ash was dressed as Rose from Titanic, and — you guessed it — Dean was Jack. Watch the video below to see their killer couples' costumes!
Fans have had an eye on Ashley and Dean's friendship for months, and them opting to dress as a couple for Halloween just made Bachelor Nation more convinced that there's something romantic going on. "Please just date like we need a solid couple to #couplegoals to," begged one fan. Another agreed, saying "You guys would be so cute together!!" One more already-convinced fan simply said "cutest bachelor nation couple."
However, one fan was pissed to see the duo getting closer, calling Dean a creep for toying with two girls on Bachelor In Paradise and saying "I’m so annoyed that you are all so buddy buddy with someone like this. Did I miss something?" Ashley was fuming, and responded saying "of course you missed something. You missed a lot because our entire lives aren't broadcasted." Hmm, so maybe in the non-broadcasted part, these two are actually a couple!
Though the romantic costumes seem like the most obvious sign these two might secretly be dating, fans have been collecting evidence for months. Even before Dean went on Paradise, he and Ashley had been getting closer and closer. He was a guest on her podcast with Ben Higgins, hung out with her on Fourth of July, and is constantly showing up on her Insta feed. When BIP ended, Ashley posted a photo hugging her pal and wrote "everybody makes mistakes. Giving my little @deanie_babies a hug. He made some bad moves in paradise, but few people can make me smile and laugh like he does. He’s one of the warmest people I’ve ever met. 💜"
She also gushed about him when he launched his new podcast, posting a cuddly photo that said "I've always wanted a golden retriever, now I basically have one in @deaniebabies. As warm and affectionate as he is, Dean, like so many of us, struggles in dating. He's documenting his lessons in love on his new podcast with @iheartradio. In the wise words of Lance Bass's movie _On The Line, 'Love may not make the world go round, but it sure makes the ride worthwhile.'"
For Dean's part, when he was asked about his best friends from Bachelor Nation, Ashley was the first person that came to his mind. "Ashley is great, Becca [Tilley] is great, I hang out with Ben Higgins every once in a while, and the guys from my season," he told Entertainment Tonight. While many fans still hope Dean will reconnect with Kristina Schulman, he says that "It's complicated. We're not dating, but we're still figuring everything out." We can't help but wonder if Ashley is the reason things are so confusing!