I don’t know if you heard because she’s really subtle and lowkey about it, but Selling Sunset’s Heather Rae Young is dating HGTV star Tarek El Moussa. Like, again, this all might be news to you because they definitely don’t call the paparazzi on themselves (how *dare* Christine and Davina suggest otherwise), but they’re VERY SERIOUS. In fact, they’re engaged.
Anyway, if you, like me, feel that Heather didn’t spend nearly enough time talking about her relationship with Tarek on Selling Sunset, here’s a handy timeline of how these reality stars met and fell in love.
July 4, 2019
Heather and Tarek meet on a yacht, as you do. She went ahead and explained their love story on—you guessed it—Selling Sunset, musing, “His boat was parked next to the boat I was on down in Newport. And my girlfriend happened to be on his boat. I jumped on his boat and he, like, turned around and he was like, ‘Hi, I’m Tarek.’ Then we were just, like, texting and kept in touch.”
In case you are wondering how we met...the adorable @heatherraeyoung explains it all! . I knew the second a saw her I had to know her! I just felt it in my core and her smile was contagious . But....she forgot to mention what happened after we met🤣🤣🤣 . After chatting for a few minutes she went back to the boat she was on, I couldn’t stop thinking about her. . Within 5 minutes I look for her and I see another guy hitting on my girl😡😡😡:). “At least I knew she would be my girl” . So of course I laid on my obnoxiously loud boat horn to grab her and the other guys attention. . They looked and I yelled “get away from my girl”. You should have seen the look on this guys face🤣🤣🤣 . The best part...I have it all on video....Who wants to see😎? .
A post shared by Tarek El Moussa (@therealtarekelmoussa) on May 29, 2020 at 11:38am PDT
Fear not, they took a selfie on that fated day:
This photo is very special to me because this was the day @therealtarekelmoussa met and the very first photo we took together. He actually made me take a selfie with him. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 . Little did I know that day would be a defining moment in my life. Honestly that day I almost didn’t even go to Newport Beach to meet my friends on their boat. And by chance the boat I was on was parked next to Tarek’s boat, and my friend just happened to be on Tareks boat, and I jumped over to say hi to her and ....... Tarek turned around and introduced himself. And there you go our love story started. . I never gave up on love & I always kept an open mind when it came to dating. I just knew my person was out there somewhere and one day we would be brought together. ❤️ . Do you believe in soulmates?? Are you a hopeless romantic?
A post shared by Heather Rae Young (@heatherraeyoung) on Dec 9, 2019 at 11:45am PST
One Week Later
They freakin’ start living together. We know this because Tarek wrote about it in his one-year anniversary Instagram, explaining, “Less then a week after our first date, we moved in together and never looked back!”
Exactly one year ago today, @heatherraeyoung and I decided to be exclusive during our second date! . Less then a week after our first date, we moved in together and never looked back! . I’ll never forget the first time I saw her, it was the 4th of July 2019. . On July 3rd, I was a lost and broken man. If you asked me about love I would have answered “not for me” . July 4th was different. It was the last thing I ever expected but I met the love of my life. The second our eyes connected and we smiled at each other I knew my life would never be the same. . She is incredible in every way possible and most importantly she loves and adores Tay and Bray. . @heatherraeyoung I just love you to the moon and back. You are my everything and you complete me. I’d be lost without you ❤️❤️❤️ . HAPPY ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY MY LOVE!! . . Now tell the truth...did you think we were gonna make it🤷♂️😎? .
A post shared by Tarek El Moussa (@therealtarekelmoussa) on Jul 22, 2020 at 5:54pm PDT
August 4, 2019
Not even a month after their first meeting, Heather not-so-subtly tags Tarek in an Instagram bikini pic:
A post shared by Heather Rae Young (@heatherraeyoung) on Aug 4, 2019 at 2:40pm PDT
The thirst! I’m inspired!
August 8, 2019
Aaand they go Instagram official. This entire caption is a journey, but the best part is clearly Heather thanking Tarek for “honking your boat horn at me the day we met.”
My heart is so full and happy. Sometimes someone comes into your life and you just know they are meant to be there. This incredible man @therealtarekelmoussa came into my life at the perfect time and I haven’t stopped smiling since. I am so proud to call him my boyfriend, I just look at him in awe at what an amazing, talented and kind human he is. @therealtarekelmoussa thank you for honking your boat horn at me the day we met, that will forever be the moment that you became my game changer. ❤️ You + me
A post shared by Heather Rae Young (@heatherraeyoung) on Aug 8, 2019 at 5:30pm PDT
August 13, 2019
Barely a month into their relationship, Heather and Tarek do their first interview as a couple. Totally normal milestone!
Curious to see how mine & @therealtarekelmoussa relationship is going?!? We just did our first interview together. It was SO fun!! Tune in today 8/13 at 4:30pm Eastern time to watch #realitycheck @peopletv on twitter. Can’t wait to hear what you guys think!!! Cute couple alert ❤️
A post shared by Heather Rae Young (@heatherraeyoung) on Aug 13, 2019 at 11:58am PDT
In the interview, Tarek reflects, “We’ve been spending a lot of time together…and we just have so much fun. After all the hardships that I’ve experienced, and there’s so many ups and downs in life, sometimes having fun is, like, the best medicine.”
September 16, 2019
Tarek celebrates Heather’s birthday by buying her a really casual and simple gift: a Ferrari.
I’ve had the best birthday with the best man @therealtarekelmoussa . . Yes this is a gushy post, but I just can’t help it. I waited 32 years to meet this special man. I’m a hopeless romantic to my core and always believed in true love. My advice is to wait & don’t settle for anything less. . On our first date he asked me what my dream car was...... I said a white Ferarri. 🤣❤️❤️ and....... #soulmates
A post shared by Heather Rae Young (@heatherraeyoung) on Sep 16, 2019 at 3:31pm PDT
September 22, 2019
Heather and Tarek are clearly getting serious because his kids start showing up on her Instagram—much to the dismay of Amanza, as Selling Sunset fans are well aware.
Yesterday was a very very special day. It was Taylor’s 9th birthday party. 🎂@therealtarekelmoussa & I had the best day celebrating this bundle of joy. She really is such a funny, kind hearted, loving little girl. Her personality just shines so bright!! . Tay and I have really bonded the last few months, she welcomed me with open arms & since then we have enjoyed our girly days, shopping getting our nails done & getting matching friendship necklaces. . Happy happy birthday Tay!! ❤️
A post shared by Heather Rae Young (@heatherraeyoung) on Sep 22, 2019 at 11:50am PDT
October 2, 2019
Heather shares a highly produced home movie (sorry, “vlog”) about her and Tarek’s romantic trip to New York. The entire thing is, naturally, in slow motion.
Sweet vlog Tarek and I did on our trip to New York a while back. . I secretly just love documenting our love story. 😊 I love the way you look at me @therealtarekelmoussa. . We are planning to film more of our travels.....what do you think? 🤷♀️ . Thank you @ironwellproductions for the edit.
A post shared by Heather Rae Young (@heatherraeyoung) on Oct 2, 2019 at 10:52am PDT
January 6, 2020
They take a ski trip with both of their families, so yeah, things are moving along at a pretty fast pace!
Our family Mammoth ski/snowboard trip was incredible....We had a total of 15 people between Tarek’s family and my family. . . I grew up in the small town of Running Springs so I grew up skiing, but it’s been a while since I’ve gone. But I picked it back up super quick & we all just had the best time conquering the mountain. . And I got adorable new 🎿 skis!!!!! Yay . Are you a snowboarder like Tarek or skier like me??
A post shared by Heather Rae Young (@heatherraeyoung) on Jan 6, 2020 at 5:13pm PST
March 21, 2020
Heather encourages everyone to stay inside with a kissing photo of her and Tarek.
Now more than ever I am thankful for your love, cuddles, support, kindness, making me still laugh, holding me when I cry because I’m scared of the unknown in crazy times like this @therealtarekelmoussa ❤️ . Who are you thankful for right now?? Let’s spread some LOVE and tag someone that is giving you that extra love & support. . Stay strong and stay INSIDE!! Do it for your mom,dad, husband, wife, kids & all the doctors and nurses helping us fight this virus!!!
A post shared by Heather Rae Young (@heatherraeyoung) on Mar 21, 2020 at 12:07pm PDT
July 4, 2020
Tarek and Heather celebrate their one-year anniversary!
A post shared by Heather Rae Young (@heatherraeyoung) on Jul 4, 2020 at 3:37pm PDT
I can’t believe it was one year ago today I randomly met @heatherraeyoung on the boat docked next to me! It’s amazing to think how much your life can change in a year!❤️❤️❤️ . With everything going on, we spent the day on the water with family. The harbor was full of boats supporting our country’s flag! It was awesome to see! . Now, we are headed home to change, then headed to my sisters house for fireworks!! . How was your fourth? Any fire work shows? They are all cancelled by us! Happy 4th!! . .
A post shared by Tarek El Moussa (@therealtarekelmoussa) on Jul 4, 2020 at 5:51pm PDT
July 22, 2020
And then they celebrate their one-year anniversary AGAIN!
From the first day I met you, to our first date and our second date when we decided to commit 100% before we barely even knew each other. But we knew what we had was special. We had that butterflies in your tummy,can’t eat, can’t stop smiling soul mate love. ❤️ I always knew it was out there, I knew I deserved to find it, I had given up hope that you were out there, and then there you were. It was unexpected for both of us and it was a moment that changed our lives forever. - You are my very best friend in the whole world. The man I look up to, admire, adore, best daddy, best heart, kind & most important loyal and honest. - I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you. Every single day waking up to your sweet face and holding me before bed. I love you beyond anything I could have ever dreamed or imagined. I promise to love you every single day @therealtarekelmoussa ❤️ Happy One Year Anniversary my bunny bear 🐻 the love of my life. Me +you
A post shared by Heather Rae Young (@heatherraeyoung) on Jul 22, 2020 at 2:07pm PDT
July 26, 2020
TAREK PROPOSES!!!! Let’s just hope and pray that Netflix’s cameras were there to capture it.
A post shared by Heather Rae Young (@heatherraeyoung) on Jul 26, 2020 at 1:32am PDT
Also, don’t worry, they chronicled the entire romantic event in, like, 30 novel-length Instagram posts, which you can read through below:
The future Mrs. Heather Rae El Moussa!!! 💍❤️ This was the best day of my life!! This moment when @therealtarekelmoussa got down on one knee & asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. SO much to tell you guys, I’ll give you the inside scoop throughout the next few days on how I was feeling throughout the weekend . - He kept everything a secret from me. I knew he had little surprises throughout the weekend, but I thought he was just being extra romantic for our one year. Little did I know he had been planning to propose. I couldn’t see anything as I was walked down to the beach. There were cabanas lined up covering everything. I was rushed around the corner to what I thought would be a dinner on the sand. But when I walked around the corner Tarek was standing there looking so handsome in his tux. I was confused for the first 15 seconds as I walked down the gorgeous candle & flower aisle wondering what the heck is going on. Then I thought OMG is he proposing??? No way!!!! But in my head I talked Myself out of it thinking well I bet it’s earrings!!! I didn’t want to get my hopes up. More to come tomorrow!!!!! I can’t wait to marry you @therealtarekelmoussa ❤️
A post shared by Heather Rae Young (@heatherraeyoung) on Jul 30, 2020 at 11:09am PDT
FINALLY I can show you my insane stunning ring that my love @therealtarekelmoussa chose for me to wear for the rest of our lives!!! - Our good friend Benny @bennyandthegems helped Tarek in the hunt for the perfect stone. He chose an 8 carat (because 8 is a lucky #) & Emerald cut is my favorite! - Cute story.... one day when I was on set with Tarek when he was filming #flipping101 I was hanging out in the sprinter, Tarek came in & shut the blinds and said do not under an circumstance come outside or open the blinds..... I asked him for days “what were you doing, when can you tell me?” He wouldn’t budge. It was a hard no! Well turns out he was meeting with Benny to look at the diamond 💎 They had it shipped in from Europe. I’ll let my fiancé tell you the rest!! 💍 - I’m absolutely obsessed with it & can’t stop staring at it!! It’s perfect for me in every way! Thank you Mr. El Moussa for making me the happiest! - Do you guys love it??? Tell me tell me!!
A post shared by Heather Rae Young (@heatherraeyoung) on Jul 31, 2020 at 11:24am PDT
This is the exact moment I got down on one knee and asked @heatherraeyoung to be my wife! . You just never know where life is going to take you. If you told me 13 months ago I would be engaged today I would have called you crazy. . You just can’t predict what’s going to happen. One moment you are sitting there and the next your life is completely different. . The second I saw @heatherraeyoung I knew my life would never be the same. She’s not only become my best friend but she’s also incredible to Tay and Bray. . Some of you have followed me for years and have supported me throughout my struggles. . I want to say thank you and I couldn’t have gotten here without you! . Now...who wants to see the RING??:) .
A post shared by Tarek El Moussa (@therealtarekelmoussa) on Jul 30, 2020 at 11:07am PDT
August 7, 2020
Despite the ongoing pandemic, Tarek and Heather vacation in Cabo to celebrate their engagement!
Hi from Cabo!! We are celebrating a lot this weekend! Our engagement @therealtarekelmoussa 💍 Season 3 of #sellingsunset & the announcement of Tarek’s season 2 of #flipping101 👏🏼👏🏼 - I feel so happy you guys! What’s your favorite quote so far from Season 3??
A post shared by Heather Rae Young (@heatherraeyoung) on Aug 7, 2020 at 3:03pm PDT
The couple are currently wedding planning, and considering they literally cannot stop talking about their adorable relationship, expect lots more updates where these came from.
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