They gave a huge update about their relationship on “After the Final Rose.”
Warning: Bachelorette finale spoilers follow. Well, congratulations are in order to all of Bachelor Nation. We made it to the end of yet another dramatic season of The Bachelorette, and this time with a happy ending. Season 18 Bachelorette Michelle Young ended her tenure as the lead by handing her final rose to Nayte Olukoya, and he responded by getting down on one knee and proposing. Michelle accepted Nayte’s proposal, and the two of them ended this Bachelorette season happily engaged. But now that the season is over and the cameras are off, fans may be wondering whether Michelle and Nayte are still engaged after The Bachelorette...
Michelle and Nayte had a strong connection from the very start of this season, when he received her first impression rose. From that point on, it was clear that Michelle had strong feelings for Nayte, but as the end of the season neared, she started to have doubts about how ready he was for an engagement. During his hometown date, Nayte’s parents expressed doubts about him being able to commit to marriage, and Michelle’s parents had some similar concerns when they met Nayte during the finale. But in the end, Michelle made up her mind. “There’s one person who I would be devastated to lose,” she said, and that person turned out to be Nayte.
During their final rose ceremony, Michelle told Nayte that there were points throughout the journey when she was worried that she was possibly more invested in their relationship — but she continued to believe in their love and didn’t want to let him go. “I’m also not willing to face that fear of walking away from this without you because I have never felt a love like this before,” she told him.
Nayte made sure Michelle knew he was completely all in and that he would continue to make her feel seen in their life together. “I want to run away to forever with the woman I've come to love,” he said, right before getting down on one knee and popping the question.
So, where do they stand now? Bachelor Nation got to see Michelle and Nayte together as an official couple for the first time during the live “After the Final Rose” special, and they seemed more in love than ever before. Throughout their time this season, Nayte sometimes had trouble opening up, but Michelle said Nayte is now more vulnerable than she is, so there seem to be no more doubts about their relationship. On top of that, both Nayte’s and Michelle’s parents are fully on board with them as a couple. Michelle’s mom told the audience that she and Michelle’s dad are “fully in love” with Nayte, and that she and Nayte’s mom are also best friends. It really seems like they’ve created one big happy family as they get ready to eventually head down the aisle together.
In fact, Michelle and Nayte shared that they’re already house-hunting together, and the Bachelor producers decided to help them build their future together. Michelle and Nayte were gifted a $200,000 check to use as a down payment for their first home, giving them the perfect ending to their Bachelorette love story.