More often than not, reality TV shows are notorious for depicting romance in a sensationalized and unrealistic light. The Bachelor franchise, in particular, is regularly criticized for the over-the-top way in which it sells the experience of falling in love and effortlessly transitioning into a happily ever after that rarely lasts. But, fortunately, the franchise has manged to bring together couples like Jared Haibon and Ashley Iaconetti, whose love story doesn't fall into the cookie-cutter category of perfection. Jared Haibon's quotes about Ashley Iaconetti are so relatable, particularly because they paint a picture of a romance that has been years in the making, as opposed to the seemingly overnight engagements we've become so used to witnessing.
Jared and Ashley met while on season two of Bachelor in Paradise, but by the end of the show, their relationship remained mostly platonic. This was particularly interesting considering that Jared was very honest about the fact that he wasn't feeling as strongly about Ashely as she was about him. I'm sure we can all remember the last time we fell in love with someone who wasn't on the same page as us, and it's pretty tough. Fortunately for them, requited love actually was in the cards. Three years after they met on Bachelor in Paradise, the couple decided to give a relationship between the two of them a shot, and now, they're engaged! Even from the start of their friendship, Jared has said some very honest and sweet things about Ashley, and it is so heartwarming.