Netflix's hit real estate reality series Selling Sunset returned for a fifth season on April 22, and there was more drama than ever before at The Oppenheim Group as the agents looked to move luxurious properties in the greater Los Angeles area.
While Season 5 focused a lot on the now-ended romance between Jason Oppenheim and Chrishell Stause, another star was also getting serious in her own behind-the-scenes relationship during filming: Vanessa Villela.
Vanessa joined the cast alongside Emma Hernan in Season 4, and she quickly became a fan favorite for her sweet demeanor and her desire to really make a name for herself in real estate.
Though the soap actress was open on the show about the shocking death of her sister, and about her desire to have a family, the other details of her personal life were largely kept a mystery on Season 4. Now, the agent is sharing more about her romantic status, since she's currently engaged to Nick Hardy (who goes professionally by Tom Fraud).
Read on to find out more about Vanessa's fiancé, including his job, and to learn more about the timeline of their relationship.
Who is Vanessa Villela's fiancé, Nick Hardy aka Tom Fraud?
The 44-year-old Selling Sunset star, who is also known for appearing on a series of soap operas in Mexico, is currently engaged to Nicholas "Nick" Hardy, who also goes by professionally by the "fictitious name" Tom Fraud.
Nick is a photographer, and he has worked on campaigns for brands like JD Sports, PowerBar, New Era Cap Company, Starbucks, and more.
According to his Instagram page, Nick met Vanessa in October of 2020, which was before filming on Seasons 4 and 5 of Selling Sunset commenced. The fourth and fifth seasons were shot back-to-back in 2021.
The two were in constant contact with one another, and Nick flew to Mexico to meet Vanessa amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The 'Selling Sunset' star announced her engagement in early 2022 — take a look at her engagement ring.
Nick and Vanessa confirmed their engagement on their respective Instagram feeds in early 2022. Nick popped the question at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles with what appears to be a round-cut diamond (Vanessa also wears her promise ring from Nick, which he gave to her on Selling Sunset).
"Two souls one heart!I SAID YESSSSSS," Vanessa wrote on Instagram on Jan. 29, along with a ring emoji and four heart emojis. "One year ago, I met the man of my dreams the one makes my heart skip every time, the man that makes me better in every single way, the man that I respect, adore, admire, and love with all my heart. You came into my life when I least expected it and you came to make my dreams come true. Our love story is like a movie and you are my prince!!"
Vanessa went on to mention that she "manifested" her husband-to-be and that she felt like she was living in a dream. In his post, Nick shared that their relationship was like a "bolt of lightning" from the start, and that their romance had been a "dream."
Nick and Vanessa are now very public about their relationship, and he appeared on Season 5 of Selling Sunset. During the reunion, Vanessa confirmed that the two would be tying the knot in the United States in early September of 2022.
The first five seasons of Selling Sunset are out now.