Bachelor In Paradise alums Jared Haibon and Ashley Iaconetti may be all over each other on social media and the red carpet, but don’t be fooled — they’ve been trying to take their burgeoning romance nice and slow. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight on Saturday, they confessed that neither of them dropped the L-word until six weeks into dating, though it was obviously long before that how much they loved each other.
Even during their interview, the couple kept their arms around each other, reaffirming Haibon’s claim that they “are magnets.” Haibon and Iaconetti met on the set of his season of Bachelor in Paradise in 2015 and remained friends for three years after filming wrapped, but only recently decided to try a serious relationship with each other.
“For me, it was really just love at first sight,” Iaconetti told ET. “I don’t know when in the past couple months did I decide [I wanted to be with him]. I always knew we had something I’d never experienced before. We’re similar and different in the most compatible ways. We really complement each other.”
Despite their history — or perhaps because of it — Haibon said they tried to take things slowly and enjoy each other before going public or making big declarations. “I wanted us to date for a little while before we said [I love you] to make sure this was real,” he said. “And I wanted it to be important. We were in bed. We were lying there. I couldn’t wait anymore! We were talking throughout that entire [Stagecoach] weekend about how much we liked each other, and I was like, ‘I don’t like you, I love you!”
“I was super-nervous to say it,” Haibon continued. “I was like, ‘I hope she says it back.’ I said, ‘I’m completely obsessed with you. I’m addicted to you.'”
Since going public with their relationship in May, Iaconetti has shared several photos of the two of them on Instagram, all of them accompanied by sweet captions like, “I love my boyfriend” or “He’s a snuggle bunny.”
Iaconetti said that before Haibon ever dropped the L-word, he would call her the love of his life. Throughout their interview, they finish each other’s sentences, laugh together and even kiss on camera. It’s obvious how much they love each other, but we can relate to that giddy, nervous feeling of telling someone you care about just how much you appreciate them and want to be around them.
As for the future, Iaconetti said she’s traditional in that she wouldn’t “want to live together unless we’re engaged.” But if Haibon proposes? “He can do it whenever he wants,” Iaconetti said. She added that she would say yes if he popped the question — so these two may be taking things slow for now, but we suspect nuptials are definitely in the foreseeable future.