Who Is Colton Underwood Dating? Meet Jordan C. Brown

The former Bachelor got engaged during a birthday trip.

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Colton Underwood and Jordan C. Brown. (Photo by Sarah Morris/Getty Images for Baby2Baby)
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It’s been less than a year since Colton Underwood publicly came out on Good Morning America and told the world that he’s gay, but he already has his own reality TV show about the journey. Coming Out Colton showed his fans, followers, and detractors that he’s still getting used to being a member of the LGBT community and becoming comfortable with who he is. If Underwood’s fans are lucky, potential future seasons could show how he’s already found love and is newly engaged.

On Feb. 28, the former Bachelor told People that he got engaged to his fiancé during a 2022 birthday trip. “I’m extremely happy! 2021 was the most transformative year of my life,” he said. “Starting 2022 off with my best friend, teammate and now fiancé is something I never thought was going to be possible.” In his Instagram post with the announcement, Underwood wrote, “Life is going to be fun with you.” So whom is Underwood taking this next step with?

In a November 2021 profile for The New York Times ahead of the release of his Netflix series, the reality fixture revealed he was dating political strategist Jordan C. Brown, who is nine years his senior. While Underwood publicly named Brown as his partner for the first time in his Times piece, the pair was spotted together before the story went live. Back in September, photos of the two on the beach made the rounds online, including one of the men kissing while in Hawaii. To mark their engagement, Brown posted a photo of him popping some bubbly and wrote, “The only time in my life I’m ok with wasting a bottle of champagne. I love you babe.”

The political operative has been in the business of getting Democrats elected for two decades. During that time, he has worked on presidential campaigns for the likes of John Kerry, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton. He also sided with Pete Buttigieg and California Governor Gavin Newsom during their runs for office.

Recently, Brown founded the boutique political strategy agency One Blue Hill, which works with clients in “entertainment, tech, finance, and media to achieve innovative advocacy and philanthropy goals,” according to his own LinkedIn page. In addition to advising those politicians on finding their way to elected positions, he has also worked for Scooter Braun’s SB Projects, the X PRIZE Foundation, and the Summit Series.

Underwood didn’t share much about his relationship with Brown in his profile, though he did admit that they are “very happy and very in love” and that their families have met.

Coming Out Colton arrived on Netflix on Dec. 3, and before it even premiered, the series was met with quite a bit of criticism. There are many who believe a man who has been accused of stalking and harassment by former girlfriend Cassie Randolph, whom he chose during his season of The Bachelor, should not be promoted in such a manner. After the cameras stopped rolling on The Bachelor, the couple went their separate ways, but Randolph eventually filed a restraining order against the former football player. While the complaint was ultimately dropped and the two settled out of court, the claims are still incredibly troubling.

At the same time, there are also those who feel that Underwood’s coming out feels incredibly manufactured and tailor-made for reality TV. As noted in the Times article, the way he came out to his professional team first and that cameras were present when he told his family and those closest to him has many, especially members of the LGBT community, claiming he shouldn’t be given this platform, for which he was likely paid handsomely.

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