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Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger Spent New Year's Eve Together in Mexico

The couple rang in 2019 in style.
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As the one year anniversary of their relationship grows closer, actor Chris Pratt and his girlfriend, author (and great-niece to JFK) Katherine Schwarzenegger made spending time together a priority over the year-end holidays. In the same low-key, spotlight-eschewing style we've come to expect from them, the couple were spotted lounging by a pool together on vacation in Cabo San Lucas on New Year's Eve, People reports.

While their relationship has been far from secret in recent months, neither of the celebrities had made public statements about their romance until December 13, when Pratt sent out a sweet birthday message for Schwarzenegger on his Instagram.

"Happy Birthday Chief! Your smile lights up the room. I’ve cherished our time together. Thrilled God put you in my life. Thankful for the laughs, kisses, talks, hikes, love and care," he wrote in the caption to a photo collage of Schwarzenegger smiling and laughing as well as two photos of the couple together—one in sheet masks printed with animal faces, and one of Pratt kissing a grinning Schwarzenegger on the cheek.

HOW THEY MET

Turns out, the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom star owes his first meetup with the daughter of actor/politician Arnold Schwarzenegger and journalist/philanthropist Maria Shriver to Shiver herself, who reportedly played matchmaker for the couple. “Maria helped set them up,” a source told People. Maria and Chris evidently knew one another through mutual friends, which inspired her to put him in touch with Katherine.

Though they were initially spotted together in public on Father's Day, it apparently wasn't their first date. According to E! News, 38-year-old Chris and 28-year-old Katherine had gone out multiple times prior to their June 17 date, and had been "talking consistently" for about "two months or so."

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"[Chris] was taking things slow with Katherine at first, but overall, he is not seeing anybody else and considers what he has with Katherine as exclusive," an insider told E! News. "He's not afraid to show his affection for her in public. Chris is doing things differently by not putting too much pressure on anything, but they are very happy so far."

SUMMER LOVE

The relationship may be fresh, but the two have been spending plenty of time together since the start.

Both are spiritually-minded (Katherine was raised Catholic while Pratt is a vocal Christian and regularly attends the Zoe Church in Los Angeles) and have been spotted several times after attending services together. On one such occasion in July, they brought along Jack, Chris'five-year-oldld son with ex-wife, actress Anna Faris, buying him ice cream and sharing a sweet public kiss. “They are spending every day together and Katherine has met Jack several times,” a source told People. “They seem to be getting more serious. Family is very important to both of them, as well as their spirituality. She’s very, very sweet and maternal and great with his son.”

Another source close to the couple agreed, adding “It’s only been a couple of months, but they’re both serious about the relationship and hopeful for the future. Chris doesn’t just date to date, and neither does Katherine. She’s very excited.”

MEETING THE FAMILY

Another sign of how seriously the couple are taking their relationship is the fact that they started getting close with one another's family within months of their first date. Already a friend of Maria's, Chris got to meet some more of Katherine's family on August 5 when the couple had dinner at Maria's home with Katherine's brother, Patrick Schwarzenegger.

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Just a few weeks later, at the beginning of September, the duo visited Round Pond Estate winery in Napa with Chris's brother Cully and some friends before attending a gala benefiting the Christian children's charity, the Leaven. 

"Maria is very excited for Katherine. Everyone has their fingers crossed that this is going to work out long term. They think Chris is an amazing guy and a great catch," a source told E!. "They are really perfect together and have similar goals and values. They have gotten serious quickly."

FALL ROMANCE

The family feelings continued into the fall when the couple was spotted trick-or-treating with Chris's son, Jack, his ex-wife, Anna, and her boyfriend, Michael Barrett. In mid-November, they also grabbed a bite at FIG restaurant in Santa Monica with Katherine's father, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and his girlfriend, Heather Milligan.

For Thanksgiving 2018, the duo spent their first holiday together, hanging out with Katherine's mother and brothers on Thanksgiving morning and watching her brothers play football, according to People. “You can tell Chris knows Katherine’s family really well,” the insider told the publication. “Chris always seems very comfortable around her family. It’s like he is part of the family.”

ENGAGEMENT RUMORS

Though Chris's divorce from Anna Faris wasn't officially settled until early November, rumors that he may be preparing to settle down again have already been swirling. Sources have whispered to both People and Us Weekly that the couple's nearest and dearest wouldn't be surprised to hear an engagement announcement in the near future. The spotlight-eschewing couple have remained mum on the speculation.

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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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