While winning the Olympic bronze medal in the figure skating team event in Pyeongchang this winter was probably Adam Rippon’s #BestWeekEver, no doubt this is a close second. America’s BFF and modern sweetheart just won Dancing With The Stars and announced that he’s moving in with his new Finnish boyfriend, Jussi-Pekka Kajaala.
On Wednesday, after winning DWTS, Rippon and dance partner Jenna Johnson sat down backstage with People Now and revealed not only their plans to celebrate with a double date for “a very long sit-down dinner, something relaxing”—but that Rippon’s Finnish boyfriend (whom he calls “JP”) is also planning a move to LA, and that Rippon can’t wait to cohabitate.
“He’s still in the process of moving out here. If there was a plan for him to move out here and move in immediately then I would tell you, but there’s not,” Rippon told Yahoo News later that same night. “But when he moves out here, we’ll move in together. I wish we could go faster!”
The couple met last October when Rippon was in Finland competing at the Grand Prix — his first competition in 10 months after breaking his foot.
“I was single and on Tinder, just sort of swiping left and right, and I remember the first message he sent me was super cheeky and funny and we started chatting a little bit,” Rippon also told Yahoo. “And I think because I knew we’re probably never going to meet that I really was talking to him pretty openly about a lot of things, and we got to know each other really well and were really honest with each other.”
But meet they did, and now the gorgeous, gushy crushes (and Kajaala’s adorable French Bulldog, Princess Ratso) are taking their relationship to the next level, residentially — and very much looking forward to ending the long distance between them. (Rippon also shared some pretty spot-on relationship advice and universal truths in his on-camera interview with People.)
Kajaala was already planning a move to LA, and the pairs convos about SoCal living are something else that first connected them. While it’s still unclear if they’ll now be moving into Rippon’s current place or finding somewhere new together, here’s everything we learned from Instagram about what the athletic and affable pair might need to make their combined home sweet home a success:
Their decor will be romantic, but minimalist modern.
Coming from the land of clean lines and Scandi design, Kajaala has shown an affinity for modern decor—but don’t count out a fixer-upper, either, if only for Rippon to “supervise” the construction in his signature cheeky style, but Kajaala also works in real estate and might be down for a SoCal investment property. With candles, for “two scents” updates, naturally.
They’ll most likely be by the ocean.
Both men regularly post from the beach and seaside piers, so being close to the water seems like something that brings them both joy. Rippon has regularly posted from Long Beach and (famously from) Santa Monica, so perhaps in one of those LA neighborhoods — and Kajaala regularly posts photos of his pup at the shore at sunset back in Finland. There should also be a garden for puppy potty breaks and sunbathing.
The bathroom will be modern & perfect for selfies.
And most likely will include swoon-y but lockerroom-must-have recovery amenities for the athletes like rain-head showers and freestanding soaker tubs. And, because hello Finnish boy, probably a proper sauna, too.
It will have plenty of space for entertaining.
Rippon has embraced his new role as “America’s sweetheart” and no doubt will regularly want to host his own besties—both his Team USA ride-or-dies (especially Ashley Wagner and Mirai Nagasu) and his new Dancing With the Stars castmates (casual double date dinners with Jenna Johnson and Val Chmerkovskiy), no doubt.
Wherever they end up—downtown or seaside or near their favorite hiking and running trails in the Hollywood Hills—we wish them nothing but a seamless blending of styles and moving-in-together success. And lots of love.