The couple recently announced their engagement on Instagram after dating for one year. According to People, the big moment happened during their boat trip to Catalina Island in California late last month.
"The Future Mrs. Tarek El Moussa!!!!" the Selling Sunset star wrote alongside a photo of Tarek sliding an engagement ring on her finger. In response to the photo, the HGTV star commented, "My best friend in the entire world❤️❤️."
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According to Heather's Instagram, the two first met on Tarek's yacht called "Bad Decisions" last July — about a year and a half after his divorce from his Flip or Flop co-star, Christina Anstead, was finalized. After TMZ caught Tarek and Heather smooching, an E! insider claimed that their hangout was "nothing serious."
That said, the Flip or Flop host told Fox News that he was actually smitten with Heather before they started going out last summer — but his attempt to date her didn't pan out initially.
“I asked her out a while back and she had a boyfriend so she couldn’t go out with me,” Tarek explained to the outlet.
Not too long after photos of the two kissing emerged though, Tarek declared to his Instagram followers that he was happily in a relationship with Heather.
"After more than 3 years on my own I’m so PROUD to say that this beautiful, sweet and talented young lady is my girlfriend!" he captioned his photo. "I’ll be honest and say I never thought I would meet someone special in my life after the last three years ... Then ... out of the blue @heatherraeyoung walked into my life."
❤️❤️❤️ it’s official!!!! After more than 3 years on my own I’m so PROUD to say that this beautiful, sweet and talented young lady is my girlfriend! . I’ll be honest and say I never thought I would meet someone special in my life after the last three years. . Then...out of the blue @heatherraeyoung walked into my life. . The first time I saw her smile she “did that thing to my tummy” and I knew right away I needed to get to know her... so I asked her out!! She said yes😎 . In life you can’t predict the future! I couldn’t predict divorce! I couldn’t predict two cancers! I couldn’t predict my back injury! You just never know what tomorrow brings. . I just want to let the world know I met someone special that makes me want to be a better man :) . So let’s all welcome @heatherraeyoung into my life. It’s still new and we are both so excited for the future! . So tell me!! Are we a cute couple or what 🤷♂️😎 .
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His post continued to rave about the realtor: "The first time I saw her smile she 'did that thing to my tummy' and I knew right away I needed to get to know her ... so I asked her out!! She said yes 😎."
Clearly, Heather was equally into her man at the time. In a joint interview with People TV last August, Heather dished on all the fun they were having as a new couple.
"We just like to do normal, fun things together," Heather explained. "We go to dinner, we watch movies, what else? He's been coming to L.A., I go down to see him."
A birthday wouldn’t be complete without some surprises! . So hunny @heatherraeyoung I had this birthday video made for you:) . I love living this life with you ❤️❤️❤️ . Thanks @troy.joshua and @ironwellproductions for the fast edit and @laurenmirani and @renemsuarez for setting up the boat! .
A post shared by Tarek El Moussa (@therealtarekelmoussa) on Sep 16, 2019 at 5:23pm PDT
Not too long after, things continued to progress when Tarek gave Heather a Ferrari for her birthday. More importantly though, last September, Tarek posted about Heather with his daughter, Taylor. Soon after, a photo appeared of Heather with Taylor and Tarek's son, Brayden.
❤️❤️❤️Our first family photo and this picture makes me so happy! . Last night was the first night we all got together! When I saw all, I mean me, Heather, the kids, Christina and Ant. . We had such a great time because the kids had a great time! As you can see lol me and Bray are “twinning” again. . I am so lucky to have @heatherraeyoung in my life and I fall more and more in love with her every day. . She’s really created stability, love and joy for me and the kids and we appreciate her so much:) . Tell me!!!—- what did you do for Halloween last night!? Anything fun🤷♂️🤷♂️ . . Do you like our family photo?😊 .
A post shared by Tarek El Moussa (@therealtarekelmoussa) on Nov 1, 2019 at 12:09pm PDT
Fast forward to today, and the couple couldn't be more in love. In June, Tarek sold his old home and the two moved into a new family beach house in Newport Beach, California. It's a sign that exciting things are in store for the couple in the months — and years — ahead.
“In selling my old home, I let a piece of the past go,” Tarek told People. “It was a very defining moment in my life. But now it’s time to move on to the next chapter. And that’s right here.”
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