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This unexpected love story may be best thing to come out of The Bachelor

We know the premise of The Bachelor is that more than 20 women compete for the heart of one man, and many are left heartbroken in the process. But for two contestants on The Bachelor Australia, things turned out very differently.

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Earlier this year, Megan Marx and Tiffany James competed for the love of Richie Strahan, but instead of one of them ending up with him, they ended up with each other. After several weeks of speculation as to the status of their relationship — their social media gave away a few clues thanks to their adorable photos and sweet captions — the women now seem to have confirmed that they are in a relationship.

Taking to Instagram on Monday, Marx posted a sweet picture of herself and James, along with a very telling caption about the way they feel about each other. She wrote, “I met Tiffany in a very strange situation. Well… we were kind of dating the same guy. And it was filmed and put on TV. From that first cocktail party, it was like this instant calibration between souls, as if we had known each other once before.”

Marx’s comments seem to suggest that they’re definitely more than just besties, as she revealed that, “Friendship ripened into something bolder, trust in a very strange situation was formed, and now every adventure we have rivals the other- and continues to make plans for itself.”

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She continued, explaining that she flew in to be with her “favorite person” on her birthday, and thanked James for helping her to “disintegrate many of the ideals [she’s] had that were harmful (about relationships, about career and ‘stability’) and for that [she] feel[s] set free.” Lastly, Marx spoke about love and told James that the wholesome way she loves people inspires her, before ending the message with, “I love you.”

While Marx and James have not given their love a label, fans kinda have — and judging from the comment section, they couldn’t be happier for the duo.

Comments on the post include one from lesliewallis who wrote, “yesss!!! Legit ultimate relationship goals.”

“@Megan.leto.marx bloody hell I love the way you and @tiffany_janes talk to or about each other…I wish someone talked to me like that ha!” madi_churr commented. Mahaliabm was also moved, writing, “Beautifully said. The true fact that love and our souls have no limits or boundaries.”

Bec_wilz loved the post too, writing, “Something so pure and beautiful from such a trashy show. You’re both such beautiful girls.” And poppywilson echoed these sentiments, writing, “This is the most beautiful love story to ever come from the bachelor. I don’t know either of you but I wish you eternal happiness.”

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Congratulations to Megan Marx and Tiffany James and we wish them all the happiness in the future.

Before you go, check out our slideshow below.

Bachelor couples slideshow
Image: ABC

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