Kaitlyn Bristowe and Jason Tartick Are Engaged! 'It Was Really Special,' She Says
The couple got engaged on Monday while recording an episode of Bristowe's Off the Vine podcast. The former Bachelorette was told she would be interviewing a special guest, only to be surprised by a proposal.
"It was everything I could have asked for," Bristowe, 35, told Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday. "The words that came out of his mouth were insanely beautiful. We've never locked eyes like that in our lives. We were holding hands, so intense, and I was listening to his every word, but still blacked out."
"It was really special," added the bride-to-be, who showed off her stunning ring in photos snapped by Steph Sorenson.
Bristowe, who was the star of The Bachelorette's 11th season in 2015, went public with her relationship with Tartick in January 2019, two months after she announced her split from fiancé Shawn Booth. Tartick, a fellow franchise alum, made it to the final three on Becca Kufrin's season of The Bachelorette in 2018.
"We're at the next step in our relationship where we want to grow even more and we can't do that long distance," Bristowe said on Off the Vine at the time. "Cheers to new roommates! I can't wait to see what things you do that drive me nuts."
Tartick, 32, had been living in Seattle, but said a move closer to the east coast worked well for him, as it put him closer to his family.
"Kaitlyn and I got to a point where being across the entire country didn't make sense," he said. "I think that for the short term and the long term, Nashville was the best place for us to be."
Bristowe, who will co-host the upcoming season of The Bachelorette alongside Tayshia Adams, previously told PEOPLE that while the relationship took her by surprise, the two quickly formed a strong bond.
"[It] was definitely not something I expected," she said in 2019. "When I met him, dating anyone wasn't even on my radar, especially dating anyone in Bachelor world, but something in my mind was rooting for him. And I thought, 'Whoever dates him is a lucky girl.'"
"Jason is such a happy-go-lucky man," she added. "He's so supportive and he's such a positive part of my life. I'm so grateful for him. I wasn't myself for a while, and now I'm better than ever."