'For the rest of my life, it's you': 'Bachelor' alum Nick Viall engaged to girlfriend Natalie Joy

'For the rest of my life, it's you': 'Bachelor' alum Nick Viall engaged to girlfriend Natalie Joy
The couple uploaded an Instagram post together in which they revealed their engagement on January 12 (Instagram/@nickviall)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Nick Viall, a former contestant on 'The Bachelor,' and his long-term girlfriend Natalie Joy are ready to spend the rest of their lives together. On January 12, the couple uploaded an Instagram post together in which they revealed their engagement. The post, which includes a number of images from the couple's engagement photoshoot, is captioned "For the rest of my life, it's you" by Viall, 42.

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In one picture, Viall is seen kissing Joy's hand, and in another, Joy is seen posing for the camera and displaying her engagement ring. In the post's comments section, their friends wished the couple well. "Yay! Congratulations," Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave, a former 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' cast member, commented. Ariana Madix, a 'Vanderpump Rules' cast member, added, "Congratulations!! cheers to you both."

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Viall and Joy were romantically linked together in 2020, although they didn't disclose their relationship to the media until 2021. "She's great for him," a source at the time told PEOPLE. In February 2021, Viall addressed the relationship rumors for the first time on his Viall Files podcast, saying, "It's fun. It's great. I'm super happy."

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Without giving away too much about Joy, Viall also disclosed that they had met online. "She slid into my DMs. It was very romantic," he recalled. After spending some time together in person, the couple ultimately decided to go official. "We kind of kept hanging out, and she finally got a point where she was like, 'I want to date,' and I was kind of like, 'I don't know,'" he revealed. "She just was like, 'OK, this is what I want. It's fine, no big deal, but I'm gonna go do my thing,' and she did, and I was like, 'What?!' … She went and showed me exactly what I'd be missing."

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After going public, the couple continued to give more insights into their relationship. Joy posted several images of couples in anticipation of Valentine's Day in 2022. "I'm so lucky to feel incredibly loved everyday that valentine's day is just another Monday, with extra flowers and chocolate covered strawberries of course."



 

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The surgical technologist referred to Viall as her "dream man" on Instagram the same week. Viall claimed he "wouldn't be in a relationship with" Joy if he "didn't think it was possible" to marry her someday as their relationship grew more serious. The following year, he admitted that "everyone's situation is different" when it comes to marriage on the PEOPLE Every Day podcast.



 

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"I think sometimes timelines can be a little bit dangerous about, you know, setting false expectations and reaching to a certain timeline and all of a sudden ... [you] have other priorities," he previously explained. "I just kind of tell people to just be careful about setting timelines. If they wanna set a time, it's great, just make sure it's mutual."

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