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Becca Kufrin found love with Thomas Jacobs after deciding to give romance on reality TV another shot.
The former Bachelorette, who was previously engaged to Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Garrett Yrigoyen, returned to Bachelor Nation during season 7 of Bachelor in Paradise, which premiered in August 2021.
Despite being a little gun shy at the thought of falling in love on a reality show following two failed engagements, Kufrin arrived on the beach five days into filming. While it wasn’t love at first sight, she eventually fell for Jacobs, who fans met during season 17 of The Bachelorette earlier that year.
“We talked for maybe five minutes and at the end of the conversation he said something along the lines of … he called me a declined credit card,” the Bourdon founder recalled during an October 2021 appearance on the “Talking It Out With Bachelor Nation” podcast of meeting Jacobs for the first time. “He was, like, trying to flirt and be kind of smooth and funny and it just came out wrong.”
The pair were able to overcome their awkward first encounter and form a strong relationship while filming in Mexico. After a brief breakup during the show’s finale, the two made up off camera and started dating outside of the spotlight.
“We came back [home] and had to explore that on our own away from the cameras but in that moment [on the beach during the finale], I think that was game-changing for me,” Kufrin explained. “Because I have really never had somebody fight, I would say, like, tooth and nail to want to keep a relationship with me.”
Scroll down to relive the Bachelor in Paradise alum’s relationship highs and lows: