Did Chris Harrison's journey to his own happily ever after just come to an end?
On Tuesday, April 27, The Bachelor host surprised fans when he took to the 'gram to post a black-and-white photo of himself and girlfriend Lauren Zima wearing what appears to be wedding attire.
“There’s no one I’d rather celebrate love with and I’ll be your plus one anytime,” Harrison captioned the unexpected photo.
The 49-year-old also included lyrics from Modern English’s song “I Melt With You.”
The comment section of the post quickly blew up with well wishes (and questions) from fans and Bachelor Nation stars.
Former Bachelor Colton Underwood left three red heart emojis, while the very first Bachelorette, Trista Sutter, wrote, "If you got married, I'm here for it and huge congratulations!!!! If not, I'm here for it too!! You two are a beautiful pair."
"Wait?! Did you guys get married??" asked one fan while another echoed the surprise writing, "Well folks I think it is safe to say it was the most dramatic season yet."
However, the couple quickly shut down fans' excitement. "I love you so much and appreciate all the 'congrats'! This *bridesmaids* dress is really living above its potential," Zima commented on the post. Harrison added, "Wow you attend one wedding together... do one chicken dance and your [sic] hitched! Congrats Christine and Kevin on a beautiful wedding and the start of a wonderful life together. I do love this bridesmaid though."
In 2018, Harrison was confirmed to be dating Zima, a reporter and journalist for Entertainment Tonight, where she ironically reports on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Back in September, OK! exclusively reported that the couple was inching closer to an engagement.
“Chris and Lauren have been together for almost two years and they couldn’t be happier. Chris has been asking a lot of questions about rings while filming this season and now he is home and out of the show quarantine bubble, he is ready to pop the question himself,” a source previously told OK!. “Chris has learned a lot about romance working on the show for over a decade, and yes, he doesn’t plan to propose with a red rose.”
The ABC personality split with his wife, Gwen, in 2012 after 18 years of marriage. The college sweethearts, whom are still great friends, share two children, Joshua and Taylor.
If Harrison and Zima do plan to tie the knot sometime soon, they will certainly have plenty of free time to spend together.
As OK! previously reported, Harrison announced he would temporarily be stepping down as host of the beloved reality series to get "educated" following his ill-fated interview with Rachel Lindsay, the first Black lead in Bachelor history, in February.
Harrison sparked controversy when he said Bachelor Nation should offer most recent Bachelor Matt James' winner, Rachael Kirkconnell, “a little grace, a little understanding,” after racially charged photos of her resurfaced online. Days later, he posted an apology, saying: "By excusing historical racism, I defended it. I invoked the term ‘woke police,’ which is unacceptable. I am ashamed over how uninformed I was. I was wrong."
Harrison did not take part in the most recent After the Final Rose special, which took place right after the season 25 finale. Emmanuel Acho stepped in as host of the special — during which he sat with James, 29, and Kirkconnell, 24, to discuss her controversial photos and the status of their relationship.
ABC has since announced Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams as the new cohosts of The Bachelorette. The back-to-back Bachelorette seasons are set to debut later this year with Katie Thurston and Michelle Young as the leads.
As OK! previously reported, the embattled host has in return hired high-profile lawyer Bryan J. Freedman from Freedman & Taitelman — the lawyer who represented Gabrielle Union in her recent dispute over a racial incident while on the America’s Got Talent set.