By any means necessary! Jonathan Scott revealed he was making plans to become a single dad on the Friday, January 10 episode of Tamron Hall. That is, until he met girlfriend Zooey Deschanel.

“I was not in a rush to be in a bad relationship … so I wanted to be with the right person,” he explained. “Otherwise, I was very confident in being a single dad, to raise somebody, because I think I would be a great dad.” The Property Brothers star said he had done all sorts of research into his options for becoming a parent, from adoption to surrogacy, but then, much to his surprise, he found the person he wanted to parent with.

“It was very, very unexpected I think for both of us,” he admitted. “Zooey and I have a very, very great communication style, everything jives with us. It was exciting for me to realize that all of a sudden I’m on this new path with somebody who — I know she’s an amazing mother, she has two beautiful kids. And so I think, for me, all of a sudden I’m like, ‘Wow, I don’t have to go this road alone.’” He also revealed that he’s happy to be a father figure to his ladylove’s children, Elsie Otter, 4, and Charlie Wolf, 3.

But Zooey is so much more to Jonathan than a mom for his future kids; she also showed him how he should expect to be treated. “This is somebody who I absolutely love and adore inside,” he said. “And it’s the first time — I’ve never been in a — cause I’m a romantic guy, I love doing romantic, creative things — it’s the very first time I’ve ever been in a relationship where somebody returns that to me.”

Jonathan Scott Wanted to be a Dad Before Zooey Deschanel
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The couple made major strides in the past few months. Jonathan told Tamron that he introduced her to his parents for the first time at his brother’s wedding, and a source told Life & Style exclusively in November that the reality star had been slowly relocating his stuff into the actress’ home. “He’s already moved some of his belongings into Zooey’s place [in L.A.], and they’re talking about buying a love nest and renovating it together,” said the source. We can’t wait to see what’s next for these two!