Written by Zoë Holloway, November 3, 2016

It’s only been a few months since they found love on The Bachelor, but Richie Strahan and Alex Nation are already looking at taking the next step together –with an engagement! 

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The loved-up couple were spotted shopping at a jewellery store on October 27, perusing rings and trying them on as they chatted with sales staff.

‘They spent a lot of time browsing,’ an eyewitness tells OK!. ‘They looked very happy together and Alex, as well as the shop assistant, were always looking to Richie for a decision.’

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The pair’s ring expedition comes just two months after Richie told OK! that he was in no hurry to walk down the aisle. ‘[An] engagement is a pretty big deal,’ he said. ‘I don’t just dive into something like that willy-nilly.’

‘It’s really important to work on my relationship with Alex. You have to have a solid foundation before you start getting down on one knee,’ he explained, after choosing the mum-of-one to share his life. ‘Rich and I are not there yet,’ 25-year-old Alex added.

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However, it seems the pair have done a complete 180 – after all, ring shopping is a pretty clear sign that things are getting super serious! But Richie still has one major bridge to cross in their relationship – the 32-year-old is yet to meet Alex’s son Elijah in person.

‘We chat on the phone a lot,’ the former Bachelor says of the five-year-old. ‘[Alex and I] want to do it in the right way in our own time, so it’s something we’re working on.’ Alex adds, ‘They have done FaceTime, which was super cute. I swear to God, my ovaries exploded.’

The lack of an introduction does seem strange considering Richie is planning to relocate to Melbourne to be closer to Alex. But he has revealed he won’t be moving in with her at this stage. ‘[I’ll] probably be moving to Melbourne… [but] I think moving in together straight away would be too much for the little fella,’ he says.

Whatever their living arrangements, one thing’s for sure: their blingy shopping expedition is proof that this reality couple’s romance is going from strength to strength!

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