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For the right reasons! Sarah Hyland and Wells Adams are proof that Instagram can be the beginning of a beautiful love story.

Us Weekly exclusively revealed that the Modern Family star and the Bachelor in Paradise bartender were dating in October 2017. Months later, Hyland shared that the twosome met over social media.

“Have you seen those memes of ‘Slide Into the DMs’? That. He slid into my DMs,” the actress explained on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in January 2018. “I thought he was funny, and he was a fan of [my] show. I saw him as the bartender and I was like, ‘That’s really cute!’”

Hyland referred to Adams’ decision to privately message her as the perfect balance of “sexy,” but not “aggressive.”

“I was single, obviously, and was like, ‘This is really awesome. You’re being very forward,” she said at the time. “But very confident and sexy, and I liked that.”

The twosome took the next step in their relationship during the summer of 2018 when they decided to move in together in Los Angeles.

Hyland later credited Adams for helping her cope with with kidney dysplasia, a debilitating illness that once led her to contemplate suicide.

“He’s seen me at my worst,” she told Self magazine in December 2018. “I think that’s why I feel the most beautiful in his eyes, because he still finds me beautiful after seeing all that. It was a really intimate start to a relationship to have to go through those hurdles at the very, very, very beginning when you’re just even getting to know a person.”

Adams, in return, called his girlfriend the “real-life version” of Wonder Woman that same month.

“Imagine having a vital organ replaced. Imagine having 16 surgeries, going to hundreds of doctors visits and taking thousands of pills. Imagine losing crazy weight because of dialysis, medication side effects and stress. Then imagine, having to do it all over again. This time keeping it quiet while you recovered, all while trolls on the internet judged you for your appearance,” the podcast host told Us Weekly exclusively of Hyland’s health journey at the time. “Oh, and throw in filming the funniest show on TV and executive producing and starring in a movie … and never breaking down. Never losing it. I know Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman on film, but Sarah is the real-life version.”

Adams and Hyland got engaged in July 2019. “That can’t eat, can’t sleep, reach for the stars, over the fence, world series kind of stuff,” the comedy actress captioned a photo from the beach proposal, quoting the 1995 film It Takes Two.

Scroll through to revisit their love story:

October 2017

Us broke the news in October 2017 that the twosome had been “seeing each other for months.” 

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November 2017

Hyland and Adams were heating up by November 2017. “It is getting more serious as time passes,” an insider told Us at the time. “They really like each other.”

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December 2017

The duo dropped the L-bomb on social media as they celebrated their first holiday season together in December 2017.

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January 2018

Adams accompanied Hyland to the 2018 Golden Globes in January. 

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June 2018

The Bachelorette alum supported the actress in June 2018 amid a major health scare years after her first life-saving kidney transplant.

Courtesy Sarah Hyland/Instagram

August 2018

The pair took their relationship to the next level by moving in together during the summer of 2018. “I think it’s brought us closer,” Hyland told Us in August 2018. “I don’t think it’s been long enough to discover pet peeves with each other. I think we’re in that honeymoon phase of living together, so it’s good that nothing is already starting because then I think that’d be a bad sign.”

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September 2018

Shortly before their one-year anniversary, the Greek Charming star told Us that Adams was “The One.” 

“It’s been perfect,” she gushed at the time.

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January 2019

The radio personality confirmed to Us in January 2019 that he was going to propose in the future. “We just moved in together, so I think we’re still kind of, like, feeling each other out, but … it’s gonna happen eventually,” he explained at the time.

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February 2019

Hyland commemorated Valentine’s Day in February 2019 by sharing throwback text messages of Adams supporting during her second kidney transplant.

“Good luck! You’ll do great! FaceTime me after when you’re loopy. Also, I like you,” Adams texted Hyland back in September 2017 before they were official. 

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July 2019

Adams popped the question during a beachfront proposal on July 16, 2019.

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October 2019

Kids on the brain! Adams exclusively told Us Weekly that he “would love” to start a family with Hyland. “I’d like to have more than one,” the Bachelorette alum said. “I’m older, I’m mid-30s, but she’s still in her 20s, so I don’t think we’re there yet. But I think it’ll be a thing that eventually happens for sure.” He also noted that the airport TSA nearly ruined his proposal to the actress just months earlier. “I hid [the engagement ring] in my drone case and then when I flew into Fiji — if you have a drone, and they see it in the X-ray, they inspect it,” he recalled to Us. “I was really scared that they were going to open the drone case and she was going to see the box that said LS [for Lorraine Schwartz] and it was going to be over.”

October 2019

The couple celebrated their second anniversary by writing sweet tributes to each other on social media. “Two years ago I asked when you were going to ask me to be your girlfriend. This summer you asked me to be your wife. If two years feels like a lifetime then I can’t wait to spend my eternity with you. You’re the calm to my storm. The sun to my moon. The Chandler to my Monica. I can’t wait to marry you @wellsadams,” the Modern Family star wrote via Instagram. “Happy two years baby #ToPlutoAndBack.” In the comments section, Adams chimed in: “I love you +1 anything you say.” He also posted his own message on his personal account, adding: “I knew I was gonna marry her the 1st night I met her. But I guess how anniversary’s work, it’s when you decide to become boyfriend/girlfriend. Whatever, I lost that battle. You’re my person and I can’t wait to drop this day as our anniversary and make a new one with all our friends watching, while they judge our wedding and eat and drink for free…buncha deadbeats.”

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June 2020

In June 2020, the couple confirmed that all wedding planning was put “on hold” amid the coronavirus pandemic. “All of my family is mostly on the East Coast, so for them to fly out … just ages and of course with my health risks, we want to be as safe as possible,” she said.

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July 2020

The pair celebrated their one-year engagement anniversary via social media in July. “One year engaged to my best friend,” she captioned two Instagram photos. “So grateful to be quarantined with the love of my life. One day we’ll get married, but for now, I’ll take eating junk food and Netflix all day every day. I love you to Pluto and back baby.” He also shared pics from the proposal, writing, “A year ago today I asked my best friend to marry me. Best decision of my life. Happy engagement anniversary @sarahhyland, I love you +1 anything you say.”


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October 2020

Hyland shared a series of throwback photos on Instagram in October 2020 to mark her third year of romance with the reality TV star. “Three years ago I asked you when YOU were going to ask ME to be your girlfriend. Now we’re engaged and in the midst of surviving a global pandemic. There’s no one else I’d rather be quarantining with,” the actress wrote at the time. “Being with you literally 24/7 over the past several months has only made our relationship stronger and I’m so lucky to call you my fiancé. I love you to Pluto and back! Happy anniversary sugar balls 😜.”


Adams penned his own tribute to his lucky lady, writing via Instagram, “Happy anniversary sugar tits! The list of things I love about you is longer than my tongue 😛😬love you +1 anything you say.”

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November 2020

“Happy 30th birthday @sarahhyland!” the Bachelor Nation alum wrote via Instagram alongside a slideshow of his favorite pictures of his future wife as she marked a milestone birthday in November 2020. “Here’s a bunch of pictures that make me very excited about the next 30! Especially the last one :smirk: I love you the moistest! Sorry, mostest! To Pluto and back!”

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