Everyone’s Pumped To See Jared and Ashley I Dating

Everyone’s Pumped To See Jared and Ashley I Dating

The best couple in all of Bachelor Nation if we're being honest.

Ah, this time of the year is my favorite time of year for many reasons. First, it’s nice out I can play outside and enjoy the outdoors, but more importantly it’s the start of the Bachelorette Season. Becca is going to do a great job and show that jerk Arie was he’s missing out on after dumping her.

However, this is something that more important than Becca’s season for right now. I know I can’t believe I am saying that myself because Becca is amazing and so is the entire show. This is something that is so monumental and life-changing to Bachelor History.

Jared Haibon and Ashley I are finally dating. IT’S TRUE LOVE! Sorry, I have been a hard-core shipper of them since they met 3 years ago on Bachelor in Paradise and I knew that they were eventually going to end up together.

Now, obviously there’s this LONG story to this and it is the most captivating love story of all time. Basically, this story is all about how timing plays a factor into everything and that it is possible to escape the dreaded friendzone. Two key things that give me hope because I am not in a time in my life to have a boyfriend (timing), and I get friendzoned by every guy that I like #someonedateme.

I am going to be summarizing this story for the sake of its relevancy to the article and simply because they did a video on the story of them. If you want to see the whole amazing video of their beautiful and PRECIOUS love story, go this link. If you’re a die-hard Bachelor fan, like myself then you might know the story, if not here’s a beautiful refresher.

Jared and Ashley I. met on the second of Bachelor in Paradise, and they built an amazing friendship on the show. However, she was in love with him and wanted this romantic relationship with him, but he just wanted to be friends. Honestly, everyone of my rejections is like this story.

A year goes by they get close and Jared does develop romantic feelings at one point, but never fully acts on them and Ashley just gets more infatuated with Jared. This sets up the tone for when both of them go on season 3 of Bachelor in Paradise. Ashley is shown to be OBSESSED with Jared, while Jared doesn’t look interested at all and he wants to date other people.

Then they had some serious conversations for their friendship at that point, and agreed to date other people and be solely friends for about a year to a year and a half-ish. Jared also hit a rough point in his life and wasn’t ready for anything with anyone. Also, Jared mentioned how he was at his happiest with Ashley and whenever he was on dates with other people, he would be thinking about Ashley the entire time.

At the end-ish of this 18-month era to their friendship, they both go on other shows and while Jared was on his show, he realized that he wants to be there with Ashley. Well, Ashley goes on another show and ends up dating another guy. This guy is really into her, and she seemed happy.

This is where their story becomes very chick-flick like and I am so about this life.

At the end of December, Jared realized that he has feelings for Ashley after discovering that she has this new boyfriend. While on a vacation with three other friends to St. Lucia, Jared could only be there for a day due to reasons. On their last day, Jared goes to the ocean alone with Ashley and admits that he has feelings for her and wants to be romantically involved with her.

Nothing happens because Ashley tells Jared that she does want to pursue a relationship with this new guy. Then right as she is about to go to the airport, Jared pulls her to the side and lays a big one showing that he has feelings for her. Now, Jared is forced to play the waiting game.

Two months later (ish), Ashley breaks up with her boyfriend and Jared finds out. Jared then hands her this adorable note and she breaks down in tears (in typical Ashley fashion). Then they start to date and I am so bliss about it.

How I feel about this? Why is this so relatable? Why am I and the Bachelor Family/Nation so obsessed with this couple?

Honestly, it’s about time and I am so jubilated for them. You could see in every Instagram post that they shared together that there was something more than friendship, both of them looked happier together. You can tell now that they are in love, and it’s not just this romantic, passion filled love, it’s true everlasting love.

I feel and believe that Jared and Ashley I are going to get married someday. It’s because their story is different than any other Bachelor-Nation story. It’s raw and stemmed from a friendship.

These two didn’t go on a TV show and fall in love with each other. Instead, they became great friends and got to know each other through that. They learned how to deal with each other, they went through the highs and lows of life together while being friends and creating that strong foundation for a potential relationship through that.

That’s why they’re relatable, especially to me because I have liked a lot of my guy friends and this shows me that it is possible to break the friendzone someday. It gives me hope for when the timing might be right. Also, their love feels true and real, like they really are in love and are happy together.

Why is Bachelor Nation so obsessed with this couple? Primarily because everyone has been waiting for this couple to happen. Just look at some of the people’s reactions below.

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An Open Letter to the Guy I'm Finally Getting Over

I think I'm ready to listen to the happy Taylor Swift songs again.

I remember when all of this started. I couldn't have predicted you if I'd tried. I was so focused on myself that it took me a while to even admit I was interested in you. You were the one I didn't see coming, and then before long, you were the one I couldn't imagine leaving.

I'll be honest. I lied to myself and to everyone else for a long time. “We aren't anything serious," I'd say. “I'm just having fun." How stupid was I to think that I could resist getting caught up in you? Those months that we spent together were some of the best of my life. I didn't think it was possible for a someone to make me laugh like you did, to make me feel the way you did. You brought out a side of me I had never seen before, and even though that scared me, I didn't want it stop.

You had me so fooled.

One day, just like that, you were gone, and before I knew it I couldn't even recognize myself anymore. I couldn't imagine how someone I had given so much to could just leave like that and not even look back. The months after that was a string of waking up and losing you all over again, telling my friends I was fine one second and crying to them the next. And the second I started thinking I was okay, I saw you again. We talked, I cried, I yelled, you cried, you yelled, and for a couple weeks I pretended that everything would be okay, and you really meant it this time and we would make it. But just like before, it wasn't real.

Realizing that took me longer than I'd like to admit, but this is what I need you to know: I'm moving on. Finally, after months of dialing your number just to talk myself out of it, I can say that I'm moving on. I won't listen to sad songs anymore. I won't look at our pictures and re-live the days we spent together. I'm erasing every trace of you. I'm smiling brighter, I'm laughing louder, and if it's the last thing I do, I swear I'll find something that's better than what we had.

That's not to say that your memory won't knock the breath out of me on a Tuesday afternoon when our song comes through my headphones. That's not to say that I won't remember the promises you made me and want to scream at myself for ever believing you. But the difference is that I'll recognize the pain in those memories, and then I'll set them down and walk away. Because I'm done carrying them with me and I'm done giving you that power over me.

So don't call me up someday when I've finally forgotten your laugh; don't think about me at all if you can help it. You lost that right when you made the choices you did. This isn't some stupid love story we'll tell later down the road about how we beat the odds and came through stronger on the other side. This is done, do you understand? I'm finally done.

Years from now I'll look back on the adventures we had and laugh at how crazy we were. I'll remember the fierce happiness I felt while we were running wild together and I'll be grateful for this because it has molded me in ways I can't begin to explain. Someday I'll tell my daughter about you and pray that she learns from my mistakes, and when that day comes I'll wonder where you are and genuinely wish you the kind of happiness that I will have found.

I know you'll never read this. But I'll read this, on those nights when it feels like everything is starting to fall apart. Again and again and again, I'll read this and remind myself of the promise I'm making at this very moment, to look forward and stop letting your memory dictate my happiness. Someone wise once said, “Suddenly you'll just know, that it's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings." Well I'm trusting that this was just one short chapter of my book, and this is me turning the page.

Onto the next.

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10 Ways Formerly Abused Individuals Act Differently In Relationships

Don't get upset with us when we ask if you still want to be with us three times in a row.


Because of our rough past, formerly abused individuals may do things a bit differently. But don't swear us off, because we will love you more than anyone before us.

Here are 10 ways we love differently.

1. We need reassurance more than usual

"Do you still like me?"

"Yeah, I do."

"You sure...?" ... "Positive?"

That is how a lot of my conversations go. We need reassurance more than usual, whether it be about your feelings for us, or even the plans we may have later that night. We may have gotten that reassurance in the past, but, they came out to be false, so we have a hard time believing those who truly mean what they say. When we ask for that reassurance, please don't be upset with us.

2. We are always second guessing, everything

​Every compliment, every smile, every kiss, we second guess. "Are they doing this because they care about me? Or are they just doing this to go with the flow? Are they giving somebody else this attention?" These questions constantly flow through our minds. We have a tendency to second guess every action and word, just because to us, there could always be a negative side to it, and that negativity is what we are used to.

3. Small things trigger our past

This one can get intense. Actions that may not mean much to you can trigger our past and send us into meltdown mode. The slightest change in tone, or the way you look at us, or the way you touch us, may bring up old nightmares, and we shut down immediately. It sucks, and we know you don't mean to do it, but some things just hit us harder than most. This is especially true with a previous physically abusive relationship. The slightest shoulder grab may seem cute and loving to you, but may send our thoughts into turmoil.

4. We have a tendency to ask a lot of questions

This ties in with the first point, reassurance. We have a tendency to ask a lot of questions. We want clarification. Gray areas are pure torture to us. We want a black or white answer. These questions help ease our minds and make us feel more solid about the current relationship. We ask questions about everything and anything; your family, friends, goals, dreams, past, job, school, anything that remotely pops into our head, we will ask about, or we answer every question ourselves with the worst possible answer (even if it's not close to true).

5. We are closed off for a long time, it's difficult to break down our walls

When you first meet us, we may seem bubbly and outgoing. Once that dating stage hits, we become kind of quiet. We're nervous about opening up to you, in fear of scaring you off. We want to talk to you about everything, but we need to ease into that conversation. We want you to ask us questions, we want you to show that you care about us and our well-being. Give us time, and you'll see the true us, and we will treat you the best we can.

6. More often than not, we prefer showing affection in ways other than sex

​Especially if our abusive past involves physical abuse or sex, this is a touchy subject for some of us. We feel safe wrapped up in your arms and staying in for a night. This is where we feel most loved. We prefer hugs and kisses rather than sex. Sex is a very vulnerable position for us, and sometimes, it takes awhile for us to feel fully comfortable in that state.

7. We ask a lot of questions about the people in your life

​We want to know about the people around you, because, more often than not, those people describe who you are, as well. We'll ask questions about how you met your friends and how long you've known them. We'll ask about past lovers. Again, the people in your life tell us a great deal about who you are as a person.

8. If we don't hear from you in awhile, we overthink (again)

If you aren't able to respond for a few hours or you'll be busy, just please tell us. We really don't mind if you can't talk, but, we start to overthink big time if you go MIA out of nowhere. We start to think we did something wrong, we just need that confirmation that we didn't (unless we did, then in that case, please tell us anyways what we did).

9. We are constantly apologizing, even if there is no reason to

​I say sorry all the time, even if I don't think about it. It's a natural reaction to apologize for anything that may cause you stress or discomfort, even if we weren't the ones causing it. It's okay to tell us to stop saying sorry, it will take some adjustment time, but we just want to take the blame for anything causing you the slightest unhappiness.

10. We will give you everything we have, even if you don't deserve it

​Despite our past, we will give you our all. We love the hardest because we know what it feels like to not be loved, or be loved in the wrong way. We will try our best to make you happy. We want to give you the world and show you that regardless of our past, we can love just the same, if not harder.

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