They seemed to find love. Serene Russell and Brandon Jones connected during the 2022 season of Bachelor in Paradise, and they were one of the strongest couples on the beach. Keep reading to see details about their romance today!

Did Serene Russell and Brandon Jones Get Engaged?

Serene, 27, and Brandon, 28, got engaged on the beach in Mexico.

“Serene Brook Russell, I love you. I love you in every sense of the word. You are this ever-lasting spark that has hit me so hard and I have come to the beautiful realization that from the moment I saw you, my happily ever after could’ve never started until I started a life with you,” Brandon said while popping the question during the finale, which aired in November 2022. “I will love you until the end of the time. I will love you until my last breath. … Serene Brook Russell, will you make me the happiest man to walk this earth? Will you marry me?”

The feeling was definitely mutual. Serene gushed over feeling “seen” and “understood” in their relationship, adding that they are “two hearts cut from the same cloth.”

Although the Oklahoma native didn’t find love with Bachelor star Clayton Echard during season 26, she admitted that she learned a lot about herself through the experience that changed how she approached relationships. 

Are Serene Russell and Brandon Jones Still Together After Bachelor in Paradise
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“My time on the show has for sure impacted how I will date in the future because before I thought I was being so open in dating, but watching it back on TV I realized I had some walls up,” the elementary school teacher told Bachelor Nation in March 2022. “I truly learned so much about myself on this journey so I have a lot to take with me into dating in the future.”

Are Serene Russell and Brandon Jones Still Together?

Sadly, Serene and Brandon announced their split via Instagram in May 2023.

“After many months, today we have ultimately decided to end our engagement,” their joint post read. “We have tried to work privately on our relationship which has been incredibly challenging in the public eye. This has been immensely hard to accept and painful, as there is a lot of love between the two of us. We are deeply hurting and can only ask that there be no hate. The best path for us at this time is to try and move forward and heal from this as individuals.”

The caption accompanied a carousel of private moments shared between the exes, and the post was flooded with supportive messages.

Who Have Serene Russell and Brandon Jones Dated in Bachelor Nation?

Serene was a fan favorite on season 26 before being eliminated after hometown dates. The former football player explained that his feelings were simply stronger for his final three contestants — Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey, who became the Bachelorettes during season 19, and Susie Evans, who Clayton dated until their split on September 23, 2022. 

As for Brandon, he was the runner-up on Bachelorette alum Michelle Young’s season. At the time, the traveling nurse recruiter was distraught and felt blindsided by the leading lady ending things with him to pursue a relationship with her now-ex-fiancéNayte Olukoya.

The Oregon native knew exactly what he was looking for before joining the BiP cast, including what qualities he wanted in his future wife. “He doesn’t want to be with someone who is still figuring herself out, and he hopes to find someone who can be his best friend and teammate for the rest of their lives,” according to his ABC bio.