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The Bachelor’s Juelia Kinney Is Engaged to Evan Bass’s Younger Brother

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Paradise found. The Bachelor’s Juelia Kinney is engaged to boyfriend Aaron Bass—the younger brother of Bachelor in Paradise alum Evan Bass—she revealed Thursday, July 26.

Kinney posted a sweet photo from her engagement session captured by Monica Lopez Photography. The images were taken on the beach at sunset and show the pair kissing and embracing.

“This man,” Kinney captioned the pic. “From the time I met him last year in Mexico I thought to myself he is hot – and would make such a good husband from all the good energy I felt from his heart.”

This man. From the time I met him last year in Mexico I thought to myself he is hot – and would make such a good husband from all the good energy I felt from his heart. I didn’t think much more of it because I lived in San Diego and he lived in Nashville. Little did I know he was going to come visit me and little did I know I would feel sick to my stomach when he left to go back home. I knew I hadn’t felt that special or that close to someone in pretty much ever, and had no idea how it would work out. I am so happy that our relationship not only developed so much over the next couple months, but flourished. The long distance was hard but we knew what we wanted. We went through the ups and downs but we made it here… stronger and happier than ever. I am so excited to say…. WE ARE ENGAGED!!!!!! 💍❤️💕✨😍 He is the best man I could ask for and my best friend… not to mention he makes me laugh till my stomach hurts every morning and every day. I never would have expected we would have met like we did but I am so freaking grateful that we did. I love you @theaaronbass!! Thank you for making me the luckiest girl in the world!! Special thanks to @monicalopezphotography for taking these beautiful pictures!! 💕

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At the time, Kinney didn’t expect their relationship to progress due to proximity—“I lived in San Diego and he lived in Nashville,” she wrote. “Little did I know he was going to come visit me and little did I know I would feel sick to my stomach when he left to go back home. I knew I hadn’t felt that special or that close to someone in pretty much ever, and had no idea how it would work out. I am so happy that our relationship not only developed so much over the next couple months, but flourished. The long distance was hard but we knew what we wanted.”

To bookend the background of their love story, Kinney announced her engagement to Bass. “He is the best man I could ask for and my best friend… not to mention he makes me laugh till my stomach hurts every morning and every day,” she wrote. “I never would have expected we would have met like we did but I am so freaking grateful that we did. I love you @theaaronbass!! Thank you for making me the luckiest girl in the world!!”

Kinney, who is mom to a little girl named Ireland, starred on Chris Soules’ season of the show, and later appeared on Bachelor in Paradise. Her story was spotlighted in the franchise after she revealed the suicide death of her first husband in 2013, during a one-on-one date with Soules.

The common connection in Kinney and Bass’ relationship is Carly Waddell, who also appeared on Soules’ season of The Bachelor, and Evan Bass.

Waddell and Evan met on Bachelor in Paradise and married in 2017. Naturally, both parties were thrilled to react to the engagement announcement.  “And then one day one of my best friends got engaged to my brother in law,” Waddell wrote Thursday. “Does it get better than that? NOPE! Welcome to the family SISTER JUELIA! Love you and Aaron! Can’t wait to do life with y’all!!!!!”

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BACHELOR IN PARADISE – “Episode 401b” – In the next episode that airs TUESDAY, AUGUST 15 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), Carly and Evan exchange marriage vows in Paradise before an assemblage of their family and friends, including many of our Bachelor favorites. (ABC/Paul Hebert)
CARLY WADDELL, CHRIS HARRISON, EVAN BASS

Evan added, “THE BASS EMPIRE OF MARRYING WAY OUT OF OUR LEAGUE RAGES ON. So so happy for my brother getting engaged to this incredible woman — these 2 snuck away to the beach after meeting at our wedding and then a little over a year later they sneak back to Mexico to get engaged!! Congrats @theaaronbass and @jueliakinney!!!”

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