Former Bachelor star Colton Underwood is now not a bachelor.
Underwood introduced his engagement to boyfriend, political strategist Jordan C. Brown, exclusively to PEOPLE on Monday. The former Bachelor contestant got here out as homosexual in April 2021 and has been connected to Brown since final fall.
“After my birthday, Jordan and I went to Big Sur for a weekend getaway to decompress and relax in nature,” Underwood advised PEOPLE. “I couldn’t have pictured a more beautiful place to celebrate an amazing milestone in my life and relationship.”
Colton Underwood and his fiance Jordan C. Brown | Credit score: Sarah Morris/Getty Pictures
“I’m extremely happy! 2021 was the most transformative year of my life,” he added. “Starting 2022 off with my best friend, teammate and now fiancé is something I never thought was going to be possible.”
Each Brown and Underwood confirmed the information of their engagement on their social media pages. Brown posted an image of him and Underwood popping champagne, writing, “The only time in my life I’m ok with wasting a bottle of champagne. I love you babe.”
Underwood additionally shared a photograph of them collectively in a woodsy setting with the caption, “Life is going to be fun with you.”
First becoming a member of The Bachelorette as a contestant on Becca Kufrin’s season in 2018, Underwood went on to a messy activate Bachelor in Paradise, polarizing viewers when he broke up with Tia Sales space. Then, he was named the star of The Bachelor within the present’s twenty third season, which started airing on ABC in Jan. 2019.
Whereas he was the lead on The Bachelor, Underwood upended the present’s conventional narrative, ending his relationships with two of his finalists to pursue Cassie Randolph, who had already despatched herself house. Randolph and Underwood ended the season as a pair, however not engaged, they usually had been collectively till Could 2020.
Following their break-up, Randolph filed a restraining order in opposition to Underwood for allegedly stalking her.
Underwood then got here out as homosexual in April 2021 in an interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America, and went on to star on Netflix docu-series Coming Out Colton, tracing Underwood’s personal popping out journey and interactions with different notable homosexual public figures. He was the primary lead of The Bachelor franchise to come out as homosexual.
Brown and Underwood have been relationship since summer time 2021, however Underwood did not make it Instagram official till this previous December. Although he by no means made it to the Bachelor franchise brass ring of an engagement on air, Underwood has discovered his individual on his personal phrases.