Jonathan Scott said ‘I love you’ to Zooey Deschanel for the first time at a magic show

In August, Zooey Deschanel and Jonathan Scott got engaged. They’ve actually been together for four years, and they seem to get along well enough even if most of Zooey’s fans are like “ugh, girl, what are you doing.” I’ve tried and failed to put my finger on exactly what annoys me about these two as a couple – I generally have no strong opinions of the Scott Bros (the “Property Brothers”) other than they’re aggressively wholesome dorks. Zooey is offbeat, quirky, an indie girl who found mainstream success. This will be his second marriage and her third. She seems to be “going along” with what he wants too – he proposed somewhere important to him, he selected an ugly engagement ring and now they’re on the cover of People Magazine, the bible of wholesome celebrity content.

Jonathan Scott is speaking candidly about a time when his fiancée Zooey Deschanel thought their relationship was potentially over. The Property Brothers host, 45, and the New Girl alum, 43 — who got engaged in August — tell PEOPLE in this week’s cover story about their relationship, and how they’ve communicated with each other every day, except for one instance when Scott was partaking in a hiking trip.

“We talked or texted every single day, I think, and still have every day since we’ve met, except for the [time] I went up on a packed trip up into the middle of the Rocky Mountains, where there was no cell service,” Scott tells PEOPLE exclusively. “She thought I was just blowing her off because I didn’t respond for, what, three days or something?” he says of Deschanel, who chimes in with, “Uh-huh.”

Scott says, however, that his soon-to-be bride received “the very first text I sent when I came out of the mountains,” and details: “I had recorded a video of a song she sent me and I showed the Rockies and everything. And then we’ve literally talked every day since.”

Scott and Deschanel met while filming an episode of Carpool Karaoke — during which they sang a mash-up of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” (famously performed by Deschanel in Elf) and Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time,” and their first date was at an escape room, one of Scott’s favorite activities. The HGTV star later said “I love you” for the first time while taking in a show at L.A.’s Magic Castle, a members-only club for illusionists, to which Scott belongs.

Both Deschanel and Scott have been married previously, and she has two children: Elsie, 8, and Charlie, 6, with her ex-husband, producer Jacob Pechenik. Scott has happily proclaimed himself a “bonus dad,” explaining, “They have even more people to love them.”

“Our family is very deeply rooted and very blended,” Deschanel adds.

During their chat with PEOPLE at their new home in Los Angeles, which marked their first interview since their surprise engagement, Scott and Deschanel continued to speak about how they are made for each other. “Our personalities are so compatible. It’s just that we’re from different worlds,” Deschanel says. “We identify as nerds, we’ll have you know.”

[From People]

Yeah, I can’t shake the vibe that he’s the one who wants to be very public about this relationship and he’s using her to build his Property Bros brand and beyond. It also feels like she’s not entirely sold on all of this – she’s like “you want to do a People cover story, really?” It’s just so mainstream. Maybe this is who she is now. Like, I’m shocked that he told People Mag where he said “I love you” to Zooey for the first time (AT A MAGIC SHOW). What is even going on with this couple??

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, Instagram and cover courtesy of People.

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  1. Delphine says:

    The Magic Castle isn’t just any magic show. It’s very exclusive, you have to be invited by a member, and they have a dress code so you have to dress up. It might also be haunted by Houdini’s ghost. I went once and it’s just a really fun special place to go.

    • Celebitchy says:

      I saw this great documentary called Make Believe and it was featured in that. You’re reminding me of it!

    • Normades says:

      I just checked their web site and Wikipedia page and it does sound super cool.

    • teddy says:

      The Magic Castle is a really fun, classy time warp kind of place. Not at all the cheesy Vegas vibe of a typical magic show. Also, I read that she guided the ring choice. I like them both and am happy for them.

      • Jen says:

        @teddy: I’m surprised to hear she guided the ring choice since in the original ring photo the ring looks way too big.

    • Bee (not THAT Bee) says:

      MC is on my bucket list. I don’t live in LA, but do know a couple of members, so it could happen someday!

  2. Mandy says:

    Well, I think they are truly adorable and refreshing as a couple and I like what I know of them each as individuals. Plus I like that they took their time and didn’t leap into marriage…they seem like friends first who admire and respect each other. Also, yes they are both celebrities but don’t compete in the same career. This couple brings me joy and I wish them all the best!

  3. Ameerah M says:

    I like the Property Brothers. And I like Zooey (New Girl is one of my all time favorite sitcoms). But I HATE these two together and have since the moment they got together. It just feels…OFF. The vibe isn’t right. I would not be surprised if they got married and split some months to a year afterwards.

  4. Alicky says:

    “Partaking” in a hiking trip? Egads.

    So he didn’t tell her beforehand that he was going on a trip to the mountains and would have no cell service? For two people who were supposedly in contact every day, that’s an odd omission. I don’t quite buy it.

    • meli says:

      This was my exact reaction. Similar situation with me and my BF a few months into the relationship and he knew exactly where I was, for how long, and that I’d have no cell service. This sounds weird.

  5. Undine Spragg says:

    I think Kaiser is on to something where everything seems to be about HIM:
    – He proposed to her in a place that meant a lot to him (Scotland)
    – their first date was at an escape room, one of Scott’s favorite activities
    – He said “I love you” for the first time at a members-only club for illusionists, to which Scott belongs

    That’s a whole lot of important instances that seem to be all about him, not about shared experiences building their life together.

    • Persephone says:


      I’ve always thought this relationship was pretty much PR for him, and she needed to be seen since New Girl was finished.
      Rumors are that Jonathan likes strippers (nothing wrong with that) but he wants to keep that on the DL.

  6. Lucy says:

    That engagement ring photo is not good. She’s closed mouth and doesn’t look excited. But also, when I saw the headline, I thought of course he did.

  7. Kirsten says:

    They always looks like they’re both posing with fans who want to take a picture. There’s just no visible connection between them.

  8. ama1977 says:

    I have no opinion about either of them, really, but 5 marriages between you by your 40’s is not an indication that this will last. Best wishes to them, etc., but I won’t be surprised if we see a Friday afternoon holiday-weekend breakup/divorce announcement before 2030, either.

  9. suresuresure says:

    she makes a lovely beard, who do they think they are kidding.

  10. JJStephie says:

    I’m a big fan of her, love her acting and music, style, and I guess I’m somewhat twee. Liked him enough when I spent a decade watching HGTV UNTIL I saw the property bros are involved in those get rich quick scammy cash grab real estate seminars (trump style) and now I just see a giant red flag every time I see them. I hope for her sake they aren’t as scammy as I’ve heard because it makes me really sad.

  11. Lauren says:

    He gives me the ick. It’s gross that he chose do center all of those important relationship milestones on himself. I am baffled as to why she is in this relationship.