Tayshia and John Paul Jones had a whirlwind Bachelor in Paradise romance that almost no one knew they needed to watch unfold. They ultimately broke up at the end of the season on the beach, but the finale special revealed that Tayshia and JPJ might be dating after BiP, and it's actually a very romantic story. If you're into that sort of thing, of course.
In between some of the expected follow-up interviews with the engaged couples, (Hannah G. and Dylan, Katie and Chris, and Demi and Kristian), Chris Harrison brought Tayshia onstage. Viewers assumed she was there to discuss how single life had been since she left Mexico, but instead, she told the story of how she made a "bold" move by flying to Maryland to try and win JPJ back.
Chris played a clip of Tayshia knocking on a very surprised and taken aback JPJ's door. He was gracious as always, telling her that he had tried to "avoid her at all costs" after Mexico and didn't even follow her on Instagram. That's how broken up he was. "You had every right to feel the way that you felt and I could tell that you were having a rough time...but I never would have said the L-word if I didn't mean it, Tayshia," America's new sweetheart added.
Tayshia then went all in. "I thought about you every day since you left. And you check off a lot of boxes that I want...I want to explore things with you," she said. Then they decided to make it official as boyfriend and girlfriend. JPJ joined her onstage and got down on one knee — to recite a poem about how much he loves her. So, they seemed like they are really trying to make this work. Bustle's request for comment from both Tayshia and JPJ was not immediately returned.
Because who knows where things stand now with these two lovebirds. The reunion portion of the finale was not a live TV event — it was pre-recorded on August 27, two weeks after the Bachelor Happy Hour Podcast in which Tayshia said she was single was posted. If she was telling the truth then, she may have visited JPJ in the short gap between the podcast and the filming of the reunion.
Betches reported that on Aug. 15, Tayshia posted a picture of herself fishing from a boat that, to fans, looked exactly like the one JPJ has shared pictures of on Instagram. Comments poured in and Tayshia denied them, stating that she "live[s] in Newport Beach, remember!?" But conspirators couldn't be swayed. The whole thing became even more fishy — pun intended — when she ultimately deleted the photo from her grid.
On September 11, which would've been post-reunion filming, Tayshia shared a vague message on Instagram — a letter of encouragement to herself. "Dear Me," she wrote. "You’ve been through a lot. I know it’s hard but I’m so proud of who you are. You are strong, brave, smart, and you were given the gift of a beautiful heart. So keep going strong and try not to stray. Not everyone will understand your journey. That’s fine. It’s not theirs to make sense of, it’s yours."
Does that mean these two are together or what? It looks like fans will have to wait for JPJ to follow her on Instagram (at the very least) to find out.