Bachelor Nation is abuzz with excitement after the engagement of Brandon Jones and Serene Russell, who fell in love during season 8 of Bachelor in Paradise. Fans have been rooting for the couple since they hit it off in a September 2022 episode, and their love story has been nothing short of a fairy tale.
During the November 2022 finale, Russell, a Bachelor season 26 alum, declared her love for Jones, saying, “I feel like we have two hearts cut from the same cloth and I have never felt more seen or understood in my entire life. In you, I have found my best friend, my missing puzzle piece and my soulmate. I love you so much and I’m never going to take that for granted.”
Jones, a Bachelorette season 17 alum, subsequently proposed, and Russell knew it was coming. “This one wears his heart on his sleeve, so I had no doubts at all on proposal day,” she told Us Weekly in an exclusive interview. “I mean, there’s always that nervous feeling, like you said, where it’s like, ‘Oh my gosh,’ because when you start to care so much and love someone so much, you obviously have that pit feeling where you’re like, ‘I hope that this works out’ — you want it to because it means so much. But I didn’t have any doubts.”
While their love story has been picture-perfect on screen, the couple admits that they have gone through “little growing pains here and there” after leaving Mexico. Jones agrees with Russell that they do “bicker sometimes” and “fight” like “normal couple[s]” do, but they are still smitten with each other.
“I had never had anybody look at me like [he did]. It’s one thing to experience someone’s words and then experience their actions. I’m getting it all from him at the same time,” Russell gushed. “He wears his heart on his sleeve and I never have to guess how he’s feeling. That’s something that I said I needed coming off of Bachelor. I was like, ‘I don’t want to do the guesswork. I want someone that’s gonna be intentional with me.’ … And that’s exactly [Brandon].”
The couple is now planning to move in together in San Diego. “Serene is moving down. I already have the spot and she’s already been moving stuff over. Once we’re able to go out in public, she’s going to be there and we’re really going to start our lives together,” Jones revealed.
Bachelor Nation is overjoyed for the couple and can’t wait to see what the future holds for them. Congratulations, Brandon and Serene!