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Michelle Young and Nayte Olukoya’s Relationship Timeline Will Make You Swoon

Michelle Young’s journey to find love was a smashing success! The leading lady wrapped the season 18 finale of The Bachelorette on Tuesday after choosing between two final dudes: Brandon Jones and Nayte Olukoya. Fans were divided on who the front-runner really is, especially since Michelle was “genuinely in love” with both of them, but she ultimately met her perfect match in Nayte!

Michelle and Nayte have definitely had some super-cute moments together on the show—and others that sparked loving side-eyes at the guy from Bach Nation—so naturally this means a deep dive and refresh of their blooming romance is necessary. Since Michelle and Nayte’s love story has taken place in the most public of ways (aka an outrageously popular reality TV show on a major network) this here timeline of their ’ship will consist mostly of their moments from the show. So buckle TF up, and get ready to relive all of their love in *reverse chronological order* and based on the show’s air dates.

December 21, 2021: Michelle and Nayte get engaged after he wins The Bachelorette!

It’s official: Michelle has chosen Nayte as her #1! He proposed to her on the show and she accepted, cementing them as Bachelor Nation’s hottest new couple.

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“I fall more in love every day,” Michelle said in a post-show interview with People. “I was fortunate enough to grow up in a family with a healthy marriage and I thought, I’m not going to give up until I have that. He’s my person. And I didn’t know I could love at this level.”

“It’s so natural for us to be together,” Nayte said. “I’ve never felt the way I feel before. I’m all in!”

December 14, 2021: Michelle and Nayte had a great fantasy suite date

Even though Nayte was the last of the final three men to have a fantasy suite date with the Bachelorette, he was not the least bit worried about it. Like, at all. His and Michelle’s time together consisted of going out on a boat, taking over the captain’s wheel, and lounging in the sun on a net. In an interview segment, Michelle said, “When I’m with Nayte, I feel how you’re supposed to feel when you’re with your soul mate, when you’re with your favorite person,” adding that she didn’t “want the day to end.”

A bit later, Nayte finally was up front with his feelings for her: “I don’t play with feelings so when it comes to you, I am feeling things for you that I’ve never felt for anybody before,” he said. “It’s easy for me to close my eyes and picture a genuine life with you. I know I trust myself, I trust you. I trust that I’m literally falling in love with you.”

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Nayte and Michelle “vibed out” and “kicked it” in their fantasy suite date that ended in them waking up in pure bliss, eating a continental breakfast and listening to a live mariachi band from their hotel room balcony while snuggling. Awww.

December 7, 2021: Hometowns between Michelle and Nayte were…rocky

The actual date portion of their hometown went really well, with Nayte taking Michelle paddle boarding and telling her he’s “crazy” about her. Later though, things got a bit stickier when Michelle met Nayte’s mom and stepdad. Honestly, this meeting was more of a breakthrough for Nayte since he and his stepdad exchanged verbal affections for the first time ever, which you love to see. Yet for Michelle, she didn’t necessarily get the same validation—Nayte’s stepfather shared with her that he didn’t think Nathaniel was necessarily ready for the leap of an engagement and this understandably brought up some major concerns for her.

November 16, 2021: Their first one-on-one date was a hit

It took a while for Michelle and Nayte to have some extended alone time together, but they finally got the opportunity while in Michelle’s hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. For their date, Michelle and Nayte hit the crazy waters of Lake Minnetonka—two of Michelle’s best friends even joined them, and ofc, grilled Nayte. In the end though, Nayte passed the test with flying colors and Michelle’s gal pals ended up loving him! The couple ended this portion of the date with a lil dip in the water.

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By the time they got to dinner though, things took a turn for the very dramatic thanks to Chris S., who showed up (literally to a remote date!!!) to talk with Michelle about his feelings. Truly, this was literally every! single! viewer’s! reaction:

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Needless to say, Chris’s lil interruption didn’t stop Nayte and Michelle from finishing their night off strong with a make-out sesh and fireworks.

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October 19, 2021: Michelle gives Nayte the coveted ~first impression rose~

After the limo meeting, the next interaction we see between Nayte and Michelle is during the cocktail party where he opens up to her about his family dynamic. He shares that his experience has been vastly different from her and her family’s, specifically that he’s come from a divorced household compared to Michelle seeing her parents 30-plus year marriage. Michelle is *so* impressed with his ability to be vulnerable that she gives him the first impression rose, and they share the first kiss of the season!

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October 19, 2021: The first time Michelle and Nayte met was adorable

Michelle meets Nayte for the first time when he’s the first to step out of the limo. After a brief exchange, he is *sure* to close the meeting with a cheesy line, saying, “It’s better Nayte than never.” Aww, points for effort!

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