In case you’ve been living under a rock the last few months, Property Brothers star Jonathan Scott has a new girl, and yes, it is the New Girl herself, Zooey Deschanel. The two linked up during the fall of 2019 and we've been fawning over them ever since. But how did the paths of a Canadian reality TV contractor and L.A. actress and singer-songwriter cross? Surprisingly, with a little help from James Corden. Here's a look at their love story.
How It All Began: A Timeline of Zooey and Jonathan
The couple met while filming Carpool Karaoke in August 2019, where the Deschanel sisters were pitted against the Scott Brothers. The four seemed to have really hit it off, as both Zooey and Jonathan shared moments from the episode on Instagram, referring to each other as "friends." From that first moment, you could spy the pair getting just a little flirty, but as far as the public knew, Zooey was still married.
A source told PEOPLE that the two became friends after the show “...and then started talking as friends and realized there was more to it." The source also noted that Zooey was drawn to Jonathan’s sense of humor, and that they bonded over their shared interests.
In September, news broke that Zooey had split from husband Jacob Pechenik, and that the two had allegedly been separated for a few months prior to announcing it (now it makes more sense why they sold their Manhattan Beach house over the summer). One week later, Zooey, 39, was spotted holding hands with Jonathan, 41.
The next we saw of these two was during spooky season, when the pair attended Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios. They posted the same group picture on Instagram, where Zooey can be seen snug in his arms. The morning after, Jacob Pechenik officially filed for divorce from Zooey, asking for joint legal and physical custody of their daughter, Elsie Otter, 4, and son Charlie Wolf, 2. He cites the date of separation as January 8, according to court papers obtained by Us Weekly.
A month later, Jonathan and Zooey gave the people what they wanted: a first couple selfie, after what appeared to be a lovely date night.
On the day before Thanksgiving, Jonathan shared another never-before-seen picture of the pair on Twitter. In this tweet, which expressed gratitude for all the "fun-loving people and puppies" in his life, he ends with "I love you." 😮 While Zooey isn't the only person this tweet was dedicated to, it only makes us think that the pair has exchanged those three special words. Honestly, it'd be pretty awkward if they hadn't, and then he tagged her in that tweet, right?
As November came to a close, things appeared to be heating up even more, as Zooey put her Manhattan Beach three-story home on the market for $5.975 million, according to Variety. She had purchased the home almost two years ago with her then-husband, Jacob Pechenik, for $5.6 million.
In December, the couple made their red carpet debut at the premiere of Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker. They attended the Los Angeles event alongside Jonathan's twin brother and Property Brothers co-host Drew Scott and his wife Linda Phan. Before watching the highly-anticipated film, the whole group posed for a photo outside of the El Capitan Theater.
Three days before Christmas, Jonathan shared another sweet moment with his girl—literally. The pair took a selfie while each holding a festive iced sugar cookie clone of themselves. The cookies (which had amazing detail on the eyelashes, might I add) wore elf hats with their names iced on. In the next photo in the Instagram post, the couple was seen posing with magician David Copperfield, and followed up with a photo of a classic Guess Who? game board. The game board showed Jonathan, Zooey, Drew, Linda, older brother J.D. Scott, and his wife Annalee Belle as character cards. Jonathan captioned the picture: "When you surround yourself with amazing, creative people...the result is magical :)."
Two days before Christmas, on December 23, Jonathan had even more holiday cuteness for us. He posted a picture of a scene from the iconic Christmas movie Elf, where Zooey played Jovie. Jonathan put his own spin on the picture by inserting himself into the photo, dressed as her love interest Buddy the Elf. Ladies, you know he's a keeper when he puts elf tights on for you, right?
As 2019 ends, the couple graced us with one more moment of cuteness. Jonathan shared his last post of the decade: three adorable balcony-view photos embracing his lady. He captioned the triad, "Once in a lifetime you meet someone who changes everything 😍." Zooey commented on the post with "I'm the luckiest gal!"
The next day, she shared one of the three photos from her beau's post and captioned it with "A truly Happy New Year with my sweetie!" Jonathan replied in the comments of the post (and this is the part where I cry) "New Years Resolution...continue being the kinda fella you deserve ❤️."
Well, it looks like these two are moving into 2020 head over heels for each other! While we never expected the pair to link up, we love this relationship. Here are a few reasons why we think Jonathan and Zooey are the perfect match.
They've Both Been Divorced Before
Sure, this probably isn't a highlight for either one of them, but their similar pasts means that they each have gone through some serious heartbreak that hopefully helped them see what they really want in a partner. Jonathan opened up about his divorce for the first time in the brothers' memoir It Takes Two: Our Story, noting that "The pain ended up outlasting the marriage." They tied the knot back in 2007 before he was famous. His next serious girlfriend was Jacinta Kuznetsov. They dated for two and a half years, calling it quits in 2018. At the time she was the development producer of Scott Brothers Entertainment.
Zooey, of course, separated from husband Jacob Pechenik in September after four years of marriage. They now share two kids together: Elsie, 4, and Charlie, 2. Deschanel was also married to Death Cab for Cutie singer Ben Gibbard from 2009 to 2012.
They Both Love Dogs
Both Jonathan and Zooey have and love dogs. Zooey actually adopted her pups Dot and Zelda, who are sisters, in 2013 and shared the adorable story on The Ellen Show. Meanwhile, Jonathan is the dad to two pint-sized pups, Stewie and Gracie. While he grew up on a ranch in Canada surrounded by big dogs, he's had a change of heart and is now infatuated with littler furry friends. Regardless of size, he's just an avid dog lover all around. “I don’t trust people who don’t like dogs," he told PEOPLE in June. "How could you not love a creature that is always excited to see you?” TBH we agree, especially since research shows that owning a dog can make you healthier.
They Both Can Sing
I think the world fell in love with Zooey's voice in Elf with her rendition of "Baby, It's Cold Outside." Zooey has got pipes for sure, and is also half of the indie musical duo She and Him. But Jonathan is no stranger to the recording studio either. The Scott Brothers have actually released three country songs on iTunes.
They Both Have Magazines
Reveal!, the Property Brother's upcoming lifestyle magazine, is set to launch January 10, 2020. The tagline for the magazine reads “It all starts at home," but the Scotts want this magazine to be a source of inspiration for living life to its fullest, and as such will cover not just home improvement but a little bit of everything.
Zooey also has been in the editorial biz. In 2011, she co-founded women's lifestyle site Hello Giggles with Sophia Rivka Rossi and Molly McAleer. The ladies' passion project became a smashing success.
They’re Both Charming, Adorkable Goofballs
These two both have a bit of a dorky side, but in the best way possible. On an episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show, Jonathan confirmed he's a magician and surprised the audience by making some dog treats vanish. He also noted that he can perform the classic bunny top hat trick, but in his version, he pulls his Chihuahua named Gracie out of the hat. And according to HGTV, he's even a member of the Academy of Magical Arts.
And Zooey, whose character on New Girl inspired an entire "adorkable" ad campaign, is nothing short of goofy and fun-loving. Although it was a scripted character she played on TV, we can't help but notice their similar style choices (headbands, colorful skirts, funky jewelry, etc.) and witty personalities. While Zooey seems a bit more confident than Jessica, she doesn't seem to stray far her leading role, personality-wise.
And it makes complete sense why Jonathan would chase after a quirky girl like Zooey. “I love to laugh," he told PEOPLE in June. "A sense of humor is really important." And I mean, if Zooey can't make him crack a smile, than honestly I don't know who can.
She Meets His Social Media Standards
This is a silly one, but like most of us, Jonathan insta-stalks his crush before going on dates with them. “If someone’s profile has more than 20 percent selfies, I won’t date them," he told PEOPLE. It's not a terrible rule! Luckily, Zooey's profile has few, if any, selfies. Instead, she's posting pictures touting her new company Lettuce Grow, which mails seedlings to subscribers so they can grow their own fresh produce easily at home. Honestly, a project I'm sure Jonathan would support.
Drew Approves of Zooey
It's always nice when your family actually likes the person you're dating, but it's even more important when you're deeply involved in a business with your sibling. Drew Scott has only kind words to say about Zooey so far. “[They’re] both amazing people, and I think it’s great,” he told US Weekly. He also mentioned that he and his wife, go on double dates with Zooey and Jonathan.
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