After a fairytale-worthy whirlwind of a romance, Brandon Jones and Serene Russell acquired engaged on Tuesday night time’s Bachelor in Paradise finale on ABC. They have been considered one of two {couples} to go away the seashore engaged however the one one to make it to the reunion, which was filmed earlier this month.

And regardless of host Jesse Palmer’s tempting provide to marry them proper there on the seashore, they revealed through the finale that they haven’t but tied the knot. Instead, they’ve spent the previous few months as a fortunately engaged couple, although they’ve needed to hold {that a} secret from the general public.

“It’s so robust. We simply crave normalcy,” Russell advised Deadline of spending the time since manufacturing in hiding. “We’ve gotten to do lots of enjoyable stuff collectively, like transfer in collectively and beautify a house collectively and learn to dwell collectively, however we simply wish to go on a date.”

Season 8 of Bachelor in Paradise was crammed with drama among the many different {couples}, which was solely heightened throughout Split Week — when the women and men who’d begun to kind connections have been separated and new potential romantic pursuits have been introduced in to check the energy of every couple. Few relationships made it by means of that break up, however Jones and Russell remained steadfast.

Speaking with Deadline forward of the finale, the couple defined that they’d been having conversations in regards to the future all through the whole manufacturing. So, whereas a lot of their extra critical conversations didn’t make it onto the present till the opposite {couples} (and their endless chaos) started to dwindle, these moments finally led them to really feel able to take the following step collectively.

“When the drama was taking place, we have been having talks in regards to the future, like ‘What are your plans? Do you intend on having youngsters or what do you see on your life?’” Jones mentioned, with Russell including: “What are your values? What’s one thing that’s actually vital to you? What are your profession targets?”

One such second was the primary night time on the seashore, when a storm interrupted manufacturing. After already having an almost 45 minute dialog that was caught on digital camera (“It was so lengthy that the producers left us there,” Russell joked), they spent some extra time caught in a treehouse collectively ready out the rain — a situation they mentioned was “unlucky however value it.”

Audiences had watched Russell and Jones every endure their justifiable share of heartbreak resulting in Paradise

. Russell departed Season 26 of The Bachelor after vying for Clayton Echard’s coronary heart for eight weeks. Jones joined Bachelor Nation throughout Season 18 of The Bachelorette. He made it to the tip, changing into considered one of two males to get down on one knee to suggest to Michelle Young. He was finally turned down for the ultimate rose.

Returning for one more shot at love wasn’t straightforward for both of them, however they each expressed they felt pushed again to the franchise out of a worry they’d remorse what may have been.

“There’s simply alternative that you’d by no means get in the true world to focus in and actually attempt a relationship,” Russell mentioned. “I didn’t wish to harden my coronary heart after the very last thing that occurred. Even earlier than that, I’ve all the time labored actually laborious to remain open. I used to be excited for Paradise, as a result of relationship in the true world, you would possibly see somebody a number of days per week or a few hours right here and there. But in Paradise, you actually have an opportunity to make one thing develop. So I’m like, ‘Why not give {that a} shot?’”

Jones added: “For me, it was a bit of harder, however I didn’t wish to dwell with ‘What if?’ If I by no means went this [engagement] would’ve by no means occurred. Looking at my individual, I’m like, ‘Yeah. I might have regretted it if I didn’t go.’”

“That’s a manner higher manner of claiming what I mentioned,” Russell laughed in response. “I’m all the time that individual that lays every little thing out on the road. I’m not the kind to only not go and see what it’s about.”

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