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After facing a very public divorce from Christina Anstead, as well as battling and overcoming two types of cancer, it's been a long road to happiness for HGTV's Tarek El Moussa. Now, he says he's a "better man" after falling in love with Selling Sunset's Heather Rae Young. The couple, who have been together for less than two years, are currently engaged and even bought their first house together. Here's a look at their incredible love story.
July 2019: Tarek El Moussa and Heather Rae Young meet and start dating
Tarek El Moussa and Heather Rae Young first met on July 4, 2019. El Moussa's yacht, which is named Bad Decisions, was docked at Woody’s Wharf in Newport Beach, California when he spotted Young on a neighboring boat. He went over and introduced himself.
While she declined his dinner invitation, she did agree to get drinks with him later that month—which went exceptionally well. She told Page Six that they chatted for six hours and continued to FaceTime one another on the way home. "Ever since then we’ve been inseparable," she said.
El Moussa and Young started their relationship on July 22, 2019, as he later revealed on Instagram. It was also later revealed that they started living together just four days into their relationship, splitting time between El Moussa's home in Orange County and Young's home in West Hollywood. On day five of their relationship, El Moussa and Young said "I love you" to each other, as they told Us Weekly here.
August 2019: Tarek El Moussa and Heather Rae Young announce their relationship; Young meets his children
While the couple started dating in July, they waited until the following month to go public with their relationship. El Moussa posted his first photo with Young. "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 wrote on Instagram.
Shortly after the news of his relationship broke, El Moussa told Entertainment Tonight that he had already introduced Young to his two kids, before sharing the news with ex-wife Christina Anstead.
September 2019: Tarek El Moussa buys Heather Rae Young a Ferrari for her birthday
While their relationship was still very new, El Moussa gave Young one really expensive gift for her 32nd birthday: a white hard-top Ferrari! It was Young's dream car, which El Moussa had learned on their very first date. "This is a gushy post, but I just can’t help it," Young wrote as she showed off her new set of wheels on Instagram. "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 and don’t settle for anything less."
November 2019: Tarek El Moussa and Heather Rae Young take their first vacation together
The couple jetted off to Europe for a romantic Thanksgiving vacation with stops in Amsterdam and Paris. Fun fact: When El Moussa first met Young, he spontaneously asked her if she'd go to Paris with him. She declined his offer, as she had just met him; however, months later she learned that he was a man of his word and finally got to take him up on that offer.
December 2019: Tarek El Moussa includes Heather Rae Young in the family holiday photo
El Moussa officially welcomed Heather into the family by including her in his holiday photo with kids Taylor and Brayden. As revealed in later interviews, Young instantly clicked with his 10-year-old daughter, Taylor.
January 2020: Heather Rae Young joins Tarek El Moussa and his kids for a family vacation
The next month, Young further became part of El Moussa's family as she joined him and his kids for an action-packed winter getaway on the slopes in Northern California.
April 2020: Tarek El Moussa and Heather Rae Young move into a Newport Beach rental home
After nine months of dating, the couple found a rental home in Newport Beach, and officially moved in together. The pair told People magazine they will be there for at least one year. "This is our in-between house until we build or find the perfect house," El Moussa said at the time.
July 2020: Tarek El Moussa proposes to Heather Rae Young
El Moussa proposed to Young on Catalina Island during a romantic weekend celebrating their one-year anniversary. Young announced the engagement on July 26, 2020, on her Instagram profile. She posted a photo of herself smiling as her new fiancé placed a diamond rock on her ring finger. The caption read: "The Future Mrs. Tarek El Moussa!!!!"
Tarek, who was dressed in a tuxedo for the occasion, confirmed the details of the engagement and the ring to People magazine. The emerald-cut rock is colorless and eight carats in size. "The diamond is perfect all the way around—just like Heather," El Moussa told the outlet. "I also picked this ring, because eight is a lucky number."
The engagement aired on HGTV in October 2020, as El Moussa had it filmed for his series Flipping 101. He had convinced Young that they were just filming extra scenes for the show, being sure not to give away the surprise engagement.
September 2020: Tarek El Moussa and Heather Rae Young buy their first home together
In September, El Moussa and Young officially became the owners of their very first house in Newport Beach, California. While buying a house isn't uncommon for a soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs, this purchase wasn't actually planned. As a rep for the couple previously told to People, "Tarek originally bought it as a flip but then they decided to make it their new home." The couple is currently renovating the house and plans to move into it upon completion.
November 2020: Tarek El Moussa and Heather Rae Young travel to Vegas sparking elopement rumors
In November, the couple spent a weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada. During their getaway, El Moussa and Young both took to Instagram to tease the idea of getting married. "Does anyone know of a chapel 🤷♂️💍….should we do it," El Moussa wrote. Young penned a similar caption: "Should we get married in Vegas?!? Yes or no?? "
While the couple did not appear to elope, El Moussa did share a photo of Young at dinner where she was holding a champagne glass wrapped in what appeared to be a white tulle — the material wedding dresses and veils are traditionally composed from.
January 2021: Tarek El Moussa and Heather Rae celebrate 18 months of dating
El Moussa penned a sweet note to Young commemorating their year-and-a-half anniversary. "Everyone said I was crazy but here we are engaged almost two years later. She’s our rock, our best friend, and my hunny bunny. We love you to the moon and back," he wrote, using "our" to refer to him and his kids.
February 2021: Tarek El Moussa and Heather Rae Young take their engagement photos
While El Moussa and Young still have not confirmed their wedding date, these lovebirds seem to only be getting closer. In February, the couple had their engagement photos taken at The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa. Young explained on her Instagram Story that she, El Moussa, and everyone else involved had gotten COVID tested. She also showed fans a snap of her newly updated bling. As she explained, she and El Moussa had gotten a new band for her engagement ring. "Gold with emerald cut was always my dream ring," she wrote, accompanying a photo of it.
El Moussa also shared a video to Instagram with Young from behind-the-scenes at their shoot. He's dressed up in a velvet blue tuxedo while Young wears a silver gown.
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