It’s been nearly a month since Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney sparked both shock and outrage by rekindling their romance from on national TV - at the expense of Jason’s jilted fiancée from The Bachelor season finale, Melissa Rycroft.
So how are Jason and Molly doing now?
“Molly and I are happy,” Jason says.
In a remarkable move, the Bachelor couple spent a few days this month getting to know each other without cameras. Novel concept. In one of the few chances they have had to see each other, Jason flew to Milwaukee to visit Molly at her home.
They kept busy meeting her friends for drinks (“They gave him the stamp of approval!” says Molly), taking romantic strolls along Lake Michigan, and “grilling out.”
“I’ve learned new terminology,” Jason Mesnick says, laughing at the Midwestern word for barbecuing. “It’s normal, right, to say ‘grilling out’?” Molly insists with a laugh as the two snuggled up on a sofa in Molly’s living room.
Molly Malaney has been doing some cooking for Jason, who loves her signature recipe for Cheesy Chicken. And Jason has been trying to tempt Molly, the meat-and-potatoes all-American girl from Michigan, to try some new foods at restaurants.
“She really has a hard time trying new things,” he says.
Then again, the single dad says he has a hard time keeping to a schedule, which is something Molly is great at. So the relationship is working.
“We pull each other in the right direction,” Jason says.
While Melissa Rycroft cuts a rug on Dancing with the Stars, Jason and Molly are staying low key and getting to know each other. But it's not easy.
The biggest challenge? Distance. Molly hasn’t had a chance to fly to Seattle - she used up most of her vacation days around the time of The Bachelor finale - which also means she hasn’t spent any time with Jason’s 4-year-old son, Ty.
But she's about to put a stop to that.
“I’m headed out to Seattle in a couple of weeks,” she said. “I’m excited to just spend some time with Ty outside of the cameras and production.”
So are we, Mols. So are we. Here's wishing this happy couple the best after all they went through. Click to enlarge more pictures of Jason and Molly ...