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Soap Stars Chad Duell and Courtney Hope Open up About Their Real-Life Love Story (EXCLUSIVE)

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Three years ago, GENERAL HOSPITAL star Chad Duell (Michael) met THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL’s Courtney Hope (Sally) at a party, and he has his friend and former castmate, Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan) to thank for the introduction. Almost immediately, the pair hit it off and found they had a lot in common. “We started talking about music, agriculture — real things,” Hope recalled. “And at parties in L.A., that’s not uncommon.”

However, after the evening came to an end, Duell found himself keeping his distance. “I wanted to hang out with her,” he confessed, “but part of me knew I would end up dating her. I guess I was scared.” Thankfully, Hope sent Duell one last silly message before giving up on him entirely, and the rest is history!

“My parents always used to tell me love should be easy and with someone who’s your best friend,” she explained. “Growing up, I didn’t believe that existed anymore. When I met Chad, it was the first time I ever saw what they were talking about.”

Over the past few years, the couple have built a strong relationship, and Duell wants to be as thoughtful and romantic as his beau has been when it comes to gifts. “For my birthday, Courtney got me a trip to Japan and a room at the hotel my favorite movie, Lost in Translation, took place in,” he revealed. “That was probably the coolest thing anyone’s ever done for me.”

But Hope admitted that grand gestures aren’t as important as you might think when it comes to expressing love. “Being thoughtful is a form of being romantic,” she mused. “I’ll come home from a long day at work and he’ll bring me flowers or even just my favorite protein bar. That means something to me. He’s thinking about me.”

As happy as the lovebirds are, however, they admit that marriage isn’t in the cards… at least not yet! “If we’re going to spend the rest of our lives together,” Hope suggested, “why rush it?”

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