The Bachelor finale has come and gone, and Colton Underwood got his happy ending.
But after some major deviations from the show's usual "script," he and Cassie are not actually engaged just yet.
Now, the two lovebirds have opened up about their relationship plans in the future.
Colton Underwood opened up to People about his romance with Cassie and their plans for the future.
"We’re so excited to be out in public," Colton begins.
Excitedly, he adds: "and not have to hide anymore."
Living with exciting news is tough when you can't share it, especially when you're famous it impacts your entire life.
"I’m so in love," he raves. "And I’m ready for everyone to know it."
Though Cassie was roasted on social media for her apparent inability to string together a coherent sentence on the finale, she also spoke to People.
And she sounds over the moon.
"We can finally be outwardly happy," Cassie announces.
"And," she continues. "Not have to keep this big secret."
That must be a tremendous weight off of their shoulders.
So, how does he feel about the way that he ditched tradition?
"I know there’s a certain format that comes along with being The Bachelor," Colton acknowledges.
"But this was about the rest of my life," he notes.
Some leading men treat the show as entertainment. Clearly, Colton took it very seriously.
"And I couldn’t risk giving Cassie up," Colton admits.
And obviously, he didn't want to pull an Arie and propose to one woman while thinking of another.
That is why he broke up with Tayshia Adams and Hannah Godwin.
In case there was any doubt, the two have not gotten engaged since the finale was filmed.
"She doesn’t have a ring on her finger yet," Colton admits.
It sounds like they're still taking baby steps in their romance. That is perfectly okay.
"But she will," Colton vows. "One day."
Presumably, the two of them will know when the time is right.
Cassie makes it clear that they're not avoiding the subject.
"We definitely talk about our future engagement," Cassie reveals.
The speech pathologist adds that it's not something that either of them are dreading.
"We’re both excited to get to that point," she gushes.
They're just not in a big rush.
"I am now a California resident," Colton notes, revealing that he uprooted himself from Denver.
He now lives in West Hollywood -- but he and Cassie do not share a home. Not yet, anyway.
"Our goal is to buy a house in Huntington Beach in the next year," Colton speculates.
"But," he adds. "We probably won’t move in together until we’re engaged or married."
"As much as I want her to live with me," he admits. "It’s a big step and something we both take very seriously."
That is absolutely their choice, though we hope that they're making sure that they will be a good match as housemates.
(What temperatujre do they both like their home? Their bedroom? Do people handle dishes and bathroom stuff in the same way?)
"I came on The Bachelor wanting to be madly in love when I left,” Colton concludes. “And that’s exactly what happened."