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Bella Robertson is sharing extra particulars about her future with fiancé Jacob Mayo.

While talking with ET by way of Zoom this week, the 18-year-old Duck Dynasty star — who grew to become engaged to Jacob in November after six months of courting — responded to all of the haters who’ve been telling her she’s too younger to get married.

“First off, we’ve been friends for a long time,” Bella informed ET’s Cassie DiLaura. “I think a lot of people want to say, like, ‘Oh my gosh, they’ve only been dating for six months.’ But we have known each other for so long. And since quarantine is like dog years, we’ve been in quarantine the whole time we’ve been dating and we’re together all the time.”

“We started dating because he came home from college to be here for quarantine, and that’s been a big factor,” she continued. “I don’t know if normally I would have gotten engaged to someone after six months, if we would have just met and started dating, you know? But on top of that, in the south so many people get married so young. Like, my parents got married at 18, my brother got married at 18, my grandparents married at 18. It’s very common around here so it didn’t really shock me too much about my age.”

Criticism apart, Bella could not be happier in regards to the considered attending to spend the remainder of her life with Jacob. She informed ET that whereas she had “no clue” in regards to the ring he picked out — “it definitely was a surprise!” — she did “have an idea” {that a} proposal was occurring.

“I kind of saw it coming. I knew it was coming at some time soon, but I didn’t know exactly when,” she confessed. “He asked both my parents together [for my hand in marriage]. Jacob didn’t tell me that he asked them at all, he was keeping it such secret.”

“The next day, my mom was like, ‘So did Jacob talk to you about our talk?’ And I was like, ‘No,'” she continued. “My mom thought that Jacob must have told me, so she ended up spilling the beans to me. I ended up finding out that way.”

As for Bella’s response to the proposal?

“Jacob says I was just, like, laughing uncontrollably,” she shared. “I was laughing so hard just because of happiness I guess. And then I didn’t cry, actually. I just was so excited.”

Bella added that she and Jacob have performed a “little bit” of marriage ceremony planning to this point, however not a lot.

“I’m kind of living in the moment right now until Christmas I guess,” she defined. “Kind of been saying, like, after Christmas I’ll really get on it. But we’ve been doing a little bit of planning. Just like ideas and stuff like that, but nothing set in stone yet.”

As ET beforehand reported, Bella introduced the information that she was engaged by way of Instagram on Nov. 27.

“I was thankful for you yesterday, i am thankful for you today, and now i get to be thankful for you for the rest of my life!” Bella wrote alongside a photograph from the pair’s engagement get together. “I am blown away by Gods goodness and grace. @jacobdmayo lets get married!! i love you forever.” 

Meanwhile, Jacob shared a sequence of pics from the second he popped the query, writing, “Engaged!:

“Bella is many issues to me. She is my finest good friend. She is the individual I can lean on in any downside with no judgment. But with the sincere fact after I’m appearing out,” he gushed. “She loves Jesus. She holds me to the next customary that she doesn’t let waver. She unconditionally loves me whether or not I’m doing what she likes or the other aspect of the spectrum.”

“She’s the one for me endlessly,” he added. “She’s my all the things. I thank God for her. #tothemayos.” 

Hear extra on from Bella and her household in the video beneath.

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