Sarah Hyland & Wells Adams: A Relationship Timeline
Wells Adams may not have ended up with JoJo Fletcher on The Bachelorette, but the franchise did help him find love...in a roundabout kind of way. When he showed up on Bachelor in Paradise Season 4 as the bartender, Modern Family star Sarah Hyland took notice, and she and Adams began flirting on Twitter. At some point, they moved things over to DM, and now Adams and Hyland have been in a relationship for roughly three years.
"I saw him on The Bachelorette and then he became the bartender on Bachelor in Paradise and that's when I was like, 'Yeah, uh huh," Hyland explained during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "I thought he was real hot and then he slid into them DMs 'cause I tweeted about him."
Hyland also said on Jimmy Kimmel Live that she'd been attracted to Adams' confidence. "I was single, obviously, and was like, 'This is really awesome. You're being very forward and it's sexy and not aggressive, but very confident and sexy,' and I liked that," she recalled.
Cut to today, and the two are happily engaged after Adams proposed in July 2019. Let's look back at everything that happened in between.
2012: Hyland Reveals Her Love For The 'Bachelor' Franchise
In July 2012, Hyland tweeted that she was watching Emily Maynard's season of The Bachelorette, and later pleaded with ABC to make Sean Lowe the next Bachelor (they did).
2015—2017: Hyland Dates Dominic Sherwood & Adams First Appears On TV
Hyland began dating Dominic Sherwood in March 2015, but her love for the Bachelor franchise remained — especially during JoJo's season, when Adams made his debut. "Ugh! @WellsAdams making a Lord of the Flies reference on men tell all??? #knewhewasthebestfromthestart #menwhoreadarehot" read one of the several tweets she wrote about him.
August 2017: Adams Flirts With Hyland On Twitter During 'Bachelor In Paradise'
Here's where things started to heat up. By August 2017, Hyland was single again. She was also still live-tweeting her love for all things Bachelor, and could barely contain her excitement when Adams became the BiP bartender.
"OH MY GOD @WellsAdams IS THE FRIKKIN BARTENDER?!," she wrote. "Best. Season. Ever. #BachelorInParadise."
Her tweet caught Adams' attention. "Taking applications for #BIP5 bar backs now. Please send references..Preferably from Phil Dunphy. I'm kidding the job is yours @Sarah_Hyland," he replied.
Over the next month or so, Hyland and Adams continued to exchange tweets.
October 2017: Dating Rumors Surface
November 2017: Adams (Basically) Confirms They're Dating
Just a few days after Halloween, Wells confirmed that he and Hyland were dating — kind of. During an interview with The Morning Breath on Nov. 8, host Claudia Oshry Soffer asked the BiP star about Hyland's presence on his Instagram page.
He initially downplayed it, but eventually fessed up. "To be fair, if you really want to know anything, just look at my social media," Adams suggested.
November 2017—July 2018: They Continue To Post About Each Other On Instagram
August 2018: Hyland & Adams Move In Together
After almost a year of dating, the couple moved in together in August 2018. Adams relocated from Nashville to Los Angeles to be closer to Hyland, and documented his drive across the country and subsequent unpacking of things on his Instagram Stories.
Sept. 16, 2018: They Celebrate Their *Unofficial* One Year Anniversary
On Sept. 16, 2018, Hyland celebrated the anniversary of she and Adams' first kiss, writing on Instagram:
"1 year ago today, You asked to hold my purse when I was dancing. In that moment you took my heart. You then gave me my last first kiss. And in that moment you took my breath away. I love you to Pluto and back @wellsadams *YES PLUTO IS A PLANET. IT WILL ALWAYS BE*"
Oct. 15, 2018: They Celebrate Their *Official* One Year Anniversary
"A year ago I impatiently asked @wellsadams 'when are you gonna ask me to be your girlfriend?!'" she captioned the picture. "I still can't tell if I just bullied you in to being with me and you're scared to leave? But please don't. Thank you for being the @stevehowey To my @katehudson In #bridewars ... Now, let's get tan again and drink all the rosé."
Adams celebrated their anniversary with his own Instagram post, writing:
"A couple hours after we took these pics, @sarahhyland said 'when are you going to ask me to be your girlfriend.' I said, 'right now.' I then doubled down and said 'I'm falling in love with you.' She responded with, 'I can’t say that yet.' And then like 15 minuets later she did. Happy anniversary, baby. I love you most."
July 2019: They Get Engaged
On July 16, Hyland posted photos of Adams' beach proposal, revealing that they were engaged. "That can't eat, can't sleep, reach for the stars, over the fence, world series kind of stuff," she captioned their happy news.
Oct. 15, 2019: They Celebrate Their Two Year Anniversary
The newly engaged couple each posted mushy Instagrams about each other on their second anniversary. “I knew I was gonna marry [Sarah] the 1st night I met her,” Adams wrote. "But I guess how anniversaries work, it's when you decide to become boyfriend/girlfriend."
November 2019: Hyland Reveals Her Bridesmaids
According to Cosmopolitan, Hyland’s wedding party includes Vanessa Hudgens, Ciara Robinson, and Ashley Newbrough, in addition to some non-celebrity friends.
February 2020: They Celebrate the End of ‘Modern Family’
Adams and Hyland attended the wrap party for Modern Family, which aired its series finale in early April. "Constantly amazed by you @sarahyland. For over a decade you brought so much joy, laughter, tears, and heart to people everywhere. The world is a better place because of the work you and your wonderful cast and crew put in over the last 11 years," Adams wrote on Instagram.
Spring 2020: Their Wedding Plans Are Put on Hold
Though Hyland and Adams hadn't yet set a date when the coronavirus pandemic hit, it still put a wrench in their timeline. "There are no wedding plans," Adams told Access Hollywood, as reported by Page Six. "I think the thought was that we'd originally start thinking about that around this time, but now this is happening… What's the point of even trying to get something solidified with everything being just so up in the air?”
One thing they have decided? Chris Harrison won't be officiating. Wells told E! News in October 2019 that he just wants the Bachelor host there as a friend. "Let's be fair, if it weren't for Chris and a couple of the other executive producers, I would've never even met Sarah," he said. “So, Harrison is an integral part of my happiness in general and I love him and now I get to hang out with him every summer, so I want him to be there."
Until they are able to start planning, Hyland and Wells have managed to entertain themselves by dressing up like Carole Baskin and Joe Exotic and making lip-sync videos of scenes from Anchorman, Friends, and Step Brothers.
May 2020: Hyland Buys a House
According to Variety, the Modern Family actor spent nearly $4 million on a five-bedroom house in Studio City, California. This is in addition to the two houses Hyland already owns, one of which she lived in with Adams. It's unclear whether or not they've moved into their new property.
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