UPDATE September 12, 9:00 A.M.: After our interview with Jordan Kimball and Jenna Cooper went live, following the Bachelor in Paradise finale, reports surfaced of an alleged affair between Cooper and another man. “I am aware of the allegations being made against me and they are simply untrue,” Cooper told People. While Kimball told the publication, “I don’t know how to handle this. All I know is I obviously only knew a limited amount of information about Jenna. This is embarrassing and it hurts my pride. And our friendship is just tarnished.”
Original Story: Jordan Kimball and Jenna Cooper may provide Bachelor in Paradise with lots of comedic relief (see: the time Jordan threw a giant stuffed animal into the ocean, but their love is the real deal. “I’ve just never seen anything like them before,” Kenny King told Glamour after the finale taping. “The minute Jenna walked into Paradise, it was just over for Jordan.” Even Grocery Store Joe Amabile sees them going the distance and getting married by next summer. Or, as he puts it, “Jordan’s a go-getter.”
While Paradise wasn’t always easy for Cooper, a 29-year-old fitness model and social media manager, and Kimball, a 26-year-old pensive gentleman, the two are happy their journey was documented. “It’s nice to watch it back and know we’re always going to have that,” Jordan tells Glamour. Adds Jenna, “We get to relive [falling in love]. And to see it working in real life, I just love it. It makes me so happy.”
So what is life going to be like now that the couple can go out in public together? And are they serious about getting married next summer in Paradise? After the finale, we caught up with the pair. Read on.
Glamour: Congratulations! How did you know you this was your person?
Jordan Kimball: Just meeting her was so powerful. As soon as I saw her, I knew that I was never going to be the same. [To Jenna] I’ll always care about you, I’ll always love you unconditionally. This just brought us so close, and I don’t picture it without you.
Jenna Cooper: I can’t imagine living without you now. His fearless, stubborn pursuit of me made me feel like, OK, if we can get through Paradise and what I put you through, then we can get through anything. And I want to.
Glamour: But Jenna, he put you through stuff too!
Jordan: True. I put the whole community through things.
Jenna: Yeah, you did! But I feel like we’re not just going to get through things in life; we’re going to thrive as a couple. Personally, I think you bring out the best in me, and I bring out the best in you.
Glamour: On tonight’s finale, you said you want to get married June 9 next year, which is usually when Paradise is filming. So you want to get married on the show then, correct?
Jenna: Yes, in the environment where we fell in love. I can’t imagine it somewhere else.
Jordan: Yes. We owe it to them. They brought us together. To have everyone back is like another reunion, and they got to witness us fall in love. It’s such a beautiful place to bring all of our family there. I can’t think of a more fun environment.
Glamour: At one point before you got engaged, Jenna, Jordan said he didn’t know if he was ready. Does seeing and hearing some of these moments for the first time affect you?
Jordan: Absolutely. You don’t know what to expect. You don’t really understand what’s going on until you watch it back. I remember we did our fantasy suite, and I woke up the next morning and thought, I don’t know what I’m going to do. I thought [Jenna] was wonderful and then on the ride back [to the resort], I immediately got into the Suburban and knew at that moment. It just synched up. I was like, “OK, I’m going to do this!”
Jenna: I didn’t expect it, but I knew I was going to say yes—whenever he asked me, whether it was then or a year from now.
Jordan: She had a lot to say to me in the time building up to me getting down on one knee. She [talked] a lot. I was impressed. Usually you don’t talk that much. Not about love.
Jenna: That’s because I’ve met my match when it comes to talking. I just let you take the reins sometimes. I thought you’d appreciate that.
Jordan: Thanks, thanks.
Glamour: You two have talked a lot about being parents. Is that really in the near future?
Jordan: There’s a lot of talk about that. But I think we’re at least a year out.
Jenna: Yeah, agreed.
Glamour: What’s next for you both?
Jordan: I’m still on the same career path that I’ve been in. I actually have a shoot in a few days with Wilhelmina in Miami. She’s doing the same thing she’s been doing. We’re trying to let each other grow separately so we can help support our wants and everything. But while we’re doing that, we’re fueling the growth for us together, and…
Jenna: I like it that way. I’m pretty independent.
Jordan: We’ve [talked about me] moving from Florida. I’ve been traveling a lot, so I find myself not in Florida very much recently. It’s a good time to start a new chapter. Fall is coming up. Strike some romance there and keep falling for you. And yeah, we’re talking places and location. It’s not something you just sit down and decide. We’re going to figure it out and when we do, it’s going to be rock solid.
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.