Do you remember that time Jared Haibon proposed to Ashley Iaconetti while filming Season 5 of Bachelor in Paradise? Ashley's Bachelor Winter Games ex Kevin Wendt sure does, because he was there too! According to the Bachelor Party podcast, hosted by ABC’s SVP of alternative programming Rob Mills, Jared proposed on the beach to Ashley I. right in front of Kevin. That’s right, he apparently watched the entire thing!
Rob Mills and The Ringer’s Juliet Litman discussed what went down, and according to their recap, the proposal “threw [Kevin] for a loop.” Us too, Kevin. Us too.
Fans thought Ashley finally found her soulmate on Bachelor Winter Games after she and Kevin were crowned king and queen of the series. The two dated for a few months after filming wrapped, but parted ways due to their lack of chemistry. “It sounds a little harsh, but it’s just that lack of — there’s magic,” Ashley explained on her Almost Famous podcast at the time. “We get along very well, it’s just, there’s a little something missing and you can’t really pinpoint what it is. That’s just how I feel.”
Soon enough, Ashley reconnected with Jared, who finally realized she was the one after three years. The two made the big reveal on social media, dropping a 44-minute long YouTube video about their ~love story~ and making Bachelor Nation sob.
Shortly after, Ashley made her relationship with Jared Instagram official, writing "I love my boyfriend" in the caption. Big man Kevin even commented to wish them congrats. “You deserve it, ash,” he wrote. “Congratulations to you both.” Looks like there's no hard feelings there — even though we're still cringing!
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