Erin Napier's Pre-Ben Napier Crush Confession

Home Town Stars Share Intimate Anniversary Reflections

by Nouman Rasool
Erin Napier's Pre-Ben Napier Crush Confession
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Erin and Ben Napier, the beloved duo from HGTV's "Home Town," are commemorating their 19th wedding anniversary in a unique and heartwarming way. In a recent Instagram post, Erin, 38, shared an intimate glimpse into their long-standing romance, revealing her early infatuation with Ben, now 40, even before they officially started dating.

In her candid revelation, Erin recounted how, during her college years, she dated someone simply because he bore a resemblance to Ben, the man she secretly admired. This sweet confession was part of an Instagram carousel that kicked off their annual "Love Week" celebration, a tradition where the couple exchange touching social media tributes in honor of their marriage.

The first image in Erin's post shows her holding a typewritten love letter from Ben, her co-host and husband. In this heartfelt note, Ben reminisces about realizing Erin was 'the one' early in their relationship, opting to spend time with her over a trip with friends, preferring cheese sticks from Sonic and conversations in her Beetle.

Love Week Revelations

Erin's Instagram story continued with a glimpse into their college days. She humorously described feeling like she was in a '90s rom-com, likening their dynamic to "She's All That," with Ben, affectionately called "Big Ben," attracting attention from cheerleaders and dance team members.

However, Erin soon discovered Ben's genuine interest in her, recalling her surprise when he knew her full name and invited her to join him in the student union. On December 8, 2004, their relationship took a significant turn.

Erin was tasked with taking Ben's yearbook photos, and although she likened his appearance to Robert Goulet on SNL, she was excited about spending time with him. She vividly remembered the moment Ben leaned in close during an interview, making her heart race, even though she ultimately avoided his kiss.

The post concluded with Erin sharing how, despite her initial hesitation, Ben persisted and asked her out for a drive, setting the foundation for their enduring love story. Fans have been captivated by their tale, with one commenting on the post, "This is my favorite week on social media," while another suggested their story is "worthy of a Hallmark Movie adaptation." As the Napiers celebrate their 19th anniversary, their love story continues to inspire and captivate audiences, both on and off the screen.