A few months after 31-year-old Ben chose to leave Winter Games two years ago, still crushed from his widely publicized breakup with Lauren, he met Jess by sliding into her Instagram DMs at the end of 2018, according to Us Weekly. Like we said, it was a modern love story, and apparently, their relationship became very serious, very quickly. Only a few months later in April 2019, Ben expressed his adoration for her in an Us Weekly interview and his sentiments were incredibly heart-warming.
“She’s a very kind, pure, emphatic and supportive person in general. And she’s not only like that to me. I’m part of that, but she’s like that to everybody around her… She challenges me to be more empathetic, more loving, more caring, more kind as well. So I’m very happy,” the Bach Nation alum said affectionately.
Ben had initially planned to propose in New York City, during the Bachelor: Live On Stage tour, according to USA Today, but sadly, the tour ended up getting postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19. Ben didn’t want to wait any longer to pop the question, ultimately deciding to ask Jess in her hometown of Franklin, Tenn., so her family could be present. The photo, which Jess posted to Instagram, is seriously adorable.