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Entertainment: Colton Underwood Shares Festive Snap with Boyfriend Jordan C. Brown and Dog Zooka: 'Merry Christmas'

IG Official! Colton Underwood Shares Gushing Tribute to BF Jordan C. Brown

  IG Official! Colton Underwood Shares Gushing Tribute to BF Jordan C. Brown IG Official! Colton Underwood Shares Gushing Tribute to BF Jordan C. Brown“Happy birthday to my dog-loving, family man, corn-fed love,” the former Bachelor, 29, captioned a series of Instagram Story snaps on Saturday, December 4.

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Love is all around for Colton Underwood this holiday season!

On Friday evening, the 29-year-old former Bachelor shared a sweet snapshot on Instagram of himself celebrating Christmas with those closest to him by his side.

In the photo, Underwood can be seen standing next to boyfriend Jordan C. Brown with his dog Zooka posed below the pair.

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"Merry Christmas ♥️," Underwood captioned the adorable holiday pic.

The Coming Out Colton star's festive photo with Brown, 39, came about shortly after the television personality shared a sweet birthday tribute to him earlier this month.

Colton Underwood Only Has a Relationship With 1 Person From Bachelor Nation

  Colton Underwood Only Has a Relationship With 1 Person From Bachelor Nation Colton Underwood Only Has a Relationship With 1 Person From Bachelor Nation“I don’t watch the show. I mean, the only person that I really talked to is Chris [Harrison] still. Chris and I stay in touch,” the former Bachelor, 29, told Us Weekly exclusively while promoting his new Netflix series, Coming Out Colton. “I will say this [since] Chris was about the only one from the franchise who really reached out and sort of let me know that he was there for me, [asking] if there’s anything he can do.

At the time, Underwood posted a few photos with the political advisor on his Instagram Story.

One picture showed Underwood and Brown sitting with Zooka, while Underwood rested his hand on Brown's thigh in another. "Love," the former NFL player wrote alongside the latter post.

Gallery: Colton Underwood and Jordan C. Brown’s Relationship Timeline (US Weekly)

Happiness achieved. Colton Underwood was once scared to be his true self, but he found love with boyfriend Jordan C. Brown after embracing his identity. Bachelor Nation first met the former NFL player when he competed on Becca Kufrin’s season 14 of The Bachelorette in 2018. After failing to form a lasting connection with the Minnesota native, Underwood moved on to season 5 of Bachelor in Paradise but again left the show single. He ultimately got his opportunity to hand out the roses when he starred as the Bachelor during season 23, which aired in 2019. Underwood fell for Cassie Randolph on the show, and the two decided to date after the season wrapped instead of getting engaged. However, they announced their split in May 2020. Although they vowed to remain friends, things quickly turned messy. Randolph was granted a restraining order against the Indiana native in September 2020 after she accused him of “stalking and harassing her.” He told Us Weekly in a November 2020 statement that his ex filed to dismiss the order after they reached “a private agreement to address any of Cassie’s concerns.” Months after the drama, Underwood came out as gay in an April 2021 Good Morning America interview. “I’ve ran from myself for a long time, I’ve hated myself for a long time,” he said. “I’m gay. I came to terms with that earlier this year, and the next step in all of this was sort of letting people know. … I’m the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been in my life. That means the world to me.”     The Coming Out Colton star hoped to form an “emotional connection” with a man in the future. “I’ve never allowed myself to,” he shared. “It’s never been, sort of, in my cards to let myself get there and I want to more than anything. … I’m looking for someone who can push me and challenge me in all the great ways.” Us confirmed in September 2021 that Underwood is dating Brown. Three months later, the TV personality explained why his show Coming Out Colton did not include his relationship. “I have been through that. I have done that,” he told Us of documenting his dating life. “Even going into the show, that was one of the conversations with the production company. … I’m not in a space right now to really, like, put myself out there like that. I had a lot of self-discovery to do.” Underwood has not ruled out documenting his romance with Brown on a reality show, though. “I don’t want to speak in definitives right now because as I learned, I’m growing and I want to give myself space to really explore new things at the moment. I’ve definitely drawn boundaries on that. Having a public relationship, for me, was not healthy,” he said. “I just think right now I’m really sort of protecting and guarding what I have.” Scroll through the gallery below to revisit the couple’s relationship timeline:

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Prior to his Netflix series, Underwood chose to keep his relationship out of the public eye. He previously explained to PEOPLE why maintaining some privacy in his romance was important.

Colton Underwood smiling for the camera: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic; Jordan C. Brown/Instagram © Provided by People Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic; Jordan C. Brown/Instagram

"After The Bachelor, I learned the boundaries and healthiness of having a private relationship," Underwood explained. "Everybody went through my breakup [with Cassie Randolph] and the ups and downs of my dating life. It's nice for me to have something for myself."

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It's also led to ultimate happiness. "I found somebody and I am very much in love," he said.

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Back in April, Underwood said during a sit-down interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America that he "came to terms" with his sexuality after a long period of self-reflection.

"I've ran from myself for a long time. I've hated myself for a long time, and I'm gay," he said at the time. "And I came to terms with that earlier this year and have been processing it."

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"The next step in all of this was letting people know. I'm still nervous. It's been a journey, for sure," Underwood continued.

"I'm emotional, but in such a good, happy, positive way," he added during the early morning broadcast. "I'm the happiest and healthiest I've ever been in my life, and that means the world to me."

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