This summer, Bachelor Nation's Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon got to enjoy all the beach fun and resort romance of
minus the tears (because hey, they’ve had more than their fair share). As the new parents enjoy some much-needed alone time on Bachelor in Paradise — Bachelor in Paradise Season 8, you may be wondering about their relationship so far, and their past in the franchise.
Ashley and Jared spent three years dating on and off before tying the knot in the summer of 2019. But it wasn't until May 2018 that the two
revealed they were officially dating.
Throughout the pair's time on
The Bachelor franchise, it seemed like Ashley was chasing after someone who wasn't interested in anything beyond a friendship. But an episode of Ashley's KineticTV show, The Story of Us shared the real story behind their complicated will they, won't they romance. As Jared says in the video, "It's so hard to really decipher between our romantic feelings for each other and our friendship feelings for each other because we've been so close for so long that we really were — and still are — best friends."
After years of mixed signals, Jared eventually took the plunge and revealed his true feelings for Ashley, and they
finally got together. Since then, the couple has gone through plenty of relationship milestones, including their June 2018 engagement, getting a dog, their August 2019 wedding, and welcoming a baby boy, as they announced on Jan. 31, 2022. Here's a look back at how it all played out — and what else they've been up to recently. Spring 2015: Ashley Sees Jared On Kaitlyn Bristowe's Season
As a contestant on Chris Soules'
Bachelor season, Ashley became part of Bachelor Nation before Jared. He joined immediately afterward, appearing on Kaitlyn Bristowe's season of The Bachelorette.
Ashley said in
The Story of Us that she was attracted to Jared when she saw him on The Bachelorette. She even attended a live taping of one of the episodes and asked the producers about him. June 2015: They Meet On 'Bachelor In Paradise' Season 2 Ashley and Jared officially met when they competed on Bachelor in Paradise Season 2. "I remember walking down the steps in Paradise and seeing him at the bar and it was the weirdest feeling. I was just so gravitated and drawn to him. It was truly love at first sight," Ashley said in The Story of Us video.
Ashley pursued Jared throughout that season, but the feelings weren't mutual. After choosing
not to have sex in the Fantasy Suite, Jared ended things with Ashley and they both left Paradise single. October 2015: Jared Regains Interest At A Charity Event
Bachelor In Paradise, the two continued hanging out, with Jared occasionally being interested in Ashley. He discussed how he was attracted to Ashley when she hosted a charity event at her parents' house in October 2015. Later that night, they danced on the bar and Ashley posted the video evidence on Instagram. Jared admitted in The Story of Us, "I wanted you that night." Winter 2015-2016: It's Complicated
In between their appearances on
Bachelor in Paradise Seasons 2 and 3, things became more complicated between Jared and Ashley. In The Story of Us, they reminisce about making out in Boston toward the end of 2015 and going on their first official date to see Deadpool in early 2016. But Jared put an end to romantic things because he was in a "confused place." June 2016: Ashley Continues To Pine For Jared On 'BiP' Season 3
Because of all the back-and-forth, Ashley was still emotional about Jared when they both appeared on
Bachelor in Paradise Season 3. She cried when he started seeing Caila and tried to move on with Wells, but neither Jared nor Ashley's BiP Season 3 relationships lasted. Most Of 2017: Just Friends December 2017: Ashley Goes On Winter Games & Starts Dating Kevin
Bachelor: Winter Games, which aired in February 2018, it seemed like Ashley had finally found happiness with Canadian contestant Kevin Wendt. While Ashley was busy in the snow, Jared did . He said in Bachelor In Paradise: Australia The Story of Us that he chose to do Paradise: Australia after Ashley decided to do Winter Games, implying he was growing to care for her romantically again. January 2018: Jared Admits He Has Feelings For Ashley
Based on their social media accounts, Jared and Ashley have made it a tradition to go to
St. Lucia with their In 2018, they didn't post any photos of one another on their annual trip and that might be because they were (again) in a complicated place. Bachelor friends Jade and Tanner Tolbert.
Jared admitted in
The Story of Us that it was at this point — after Ashley was dating someone else — that he realized how much he cared about her. Despite the fact that she had a boyfriend, he decided to tell Ashley how he felt and even kissed her at the airport when they were leaving at the prompting of Tanner and Jade. March 2018: Ashley & Kevin Break Up
Though Ashley was moved by Jared's admission of feelings, she continued to date Kevin. But by March,
the two had called it quits. In The Story of Us, Ashley said, "I did not cheat on Kevin. I ended the relationship because it had run its course. And then, Jared was still there." Jared then made some grand gestures to prove his feelings for Ashley. May 2018: Ashley & Jared Announce They're A Couple
Two months after Ashley's relationship with Kevin ended and nearly three years after Jared and Ashley met, they announced that they were dating.
Kevin even congratulated the pair on Instagram. June 2018: Jared Proposes
After becoming boyfriend and girlfriend, Jared wasted no time committing the rest of his life to Ashley
when he proposed to her on the beach in Mexico where they had met years earlier. The world got to see the moment a few months later in September when it aired as a part of . Bachelor in Paradise Season 5 September 2018: Their Parents Meet November 2018: They Adopt A Dog Together February 2019: They Write A Children's Book
The couple joined creative forces to
write a children's book called Lucy & Clark: A Story of Puppy Love, which follows the adventures of Clark and Ashley's first dog, who died. A percent of proceeds went to support no-kill animal shelters. March 2019: Celebrating Their One-Year Anniversary
They may have announced they were dating in May 2018, but the two really got together in March, which Ashley commemorated with an Instagram post.
May 2019: They Premiere Their YouTube Show What Now? August 2019: Their Wedding February 2020: Thinking About A Family
Through her partnership with Modern Fertility, Ashley announced that she and Jared plan to start trying to have children in 2020. This confirms what she told HollywoodLife in December 2019, when she said they
wanted to start a family "sooner rather than later" and already have a baby name picked out. June 2020: Getting Creative In Quarantine
The couple quarantined with Ashley's parents in Virginia, where they spent most of their free time
making TikToks for their shared account and recreating scenes from movies like The Wolf of Wall Street (above), , Rock of Ages , and Hairspray . How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
After 13 weeks, Ashley
praised her husband for surviving that much time with his in-laws. “I think he deserves a round of applause for getting out of it sane!” she captioned an Instagram post. “Honestly, we’re not even itching to leave, but we’re also looking forward to living just as a couple again.” July 2020: Recreating A First Date
One of Ashley and Jared’s first dates was inspired by
La La Land. They went to Griffith Park in Los Angeles, and Ashley even wore a yellow dress. “Fast forward to today, we went back to the same spot for the first [time] since being husband and wife,” Jared wrote on Instagram. “Ashley still wore the same yellow dress.” August 2020: Celebrating One Year Of Marriage September 2020: Trying For A Family And (Maybe) Moving
Ashley announced that she
stopped taking birth control in an ad for the Natural Cycles app, which meant she and Jared were planning to expand their family. Later that month, the two vacationed around New England and mentioned the possibility of moving back to the East Coast. (Jared is from Rhode Island.) November 2020: Ashley Gives A Fertility Update
For her partnership with Modern Fertility, Ashley shared that
she took a test to determine the number of eggs she had. Her doctor told her not to wait more than a year before trying for her first baby, especially because she and Jared want multiple children. December 2020: They Rewatch Their First Kiss
Thanks to Ashley and Jared's time on
Bachelor in Paradise, their first kiss was caught on camera. They decided to take a walk down memory lane and rewatch that footage, sharing a reaction video on Dec. 16. For Jared, it was his first time viewing the scene since the show aired in 2015, while Ashley hadn't seen it in "a few years." Both were left adorably embarrassed, and Ashley noted on Instagram that she "will never get over" two "cringe-y" elements she brought to their momentous kiss. July 2021: They Announce The Pregnancy
When Ashley got pregnant, the couple did a series of announcements in partnership with Amazon Live. On July 15, 2021,
Ashley said Jared “did not believe” the news at They then took turns telling the story of how she took multiple tests to be sure.
The following month, on Aug. 26, 2021, the couple also
live-streamed their gender reveal on the same platform. “We’re having a boy!” Jared shared while pulling down an “It’s a boy” balloon. January 2022: They Welcome Their Baby
On Jan. 18, the couple once again took to Amazon Live to share more exciting baby news:
They revealed their son’s name, Dawson Demitri Haibon, weeks before his birth. “I came up with the name as a 20-year-old,” Ashley shared, revealing that Dawson actually comes from Leonardo DiCaprio’s most famous role as Jack Dawson in Titanic — “One of Ashley’s loves,” according to Jared.
Finally, on Monday, Jan. 31, the couple welcomed their baby boy, almost two weeks shy of his February due date. Jared shared the news on Instagram, writing, “Baby Dawson is here and healthy! Ashley is recovering and doing well! It really couldn’t have gone much smoother.” He added, “He’s so sweet & beautiful and has been sleeping all day. Unlike his Mom and Dad who are on no sleep right now but it’s totally worth it!”
Summer 2022: Back To Paradise
Ashley and Jared made a surprise return to where it all began on
Bachelor in Paradise Season 8. Don’t worry, they’re not newly single — just enjoying a couple’s vacay. “Our relationship definitely has taken a backseat over the past 8 months,” Jared wrote on Instagram. “Not in a bad way, I love Ashley even more today than I did when we got married. She’s an incredible mother, a loving wife and my biggest supporter. But we haven’t had any ‘us’ time. We haven’t really been able to go on dates much, watch movies on the couch. Ya know, doing couples things.”
Paradise, Ashley and Jared have provided the latest generation of singles with advice — and perspective. “I can only hope the couples down in paradise find the same amount of happiness I’ve found after leaving the beach,” Jared added. Additional reporting by Rebecca Patton and Kayla Blanton.
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This article was originally published on
May 23, 2018