After being close for a while, Josie Bates and Kelton Balka are officially courting. The fans have seen Kelton [VIDEO] on "Bringing Up Bates" and it has been obvious for a while that these two were close. UP shared the big news today that Kelton has asked Josie to start courting. This should end up showing on an upcoming episode of "Bringing Up Bates," but the happy couple didn't want to wait to share the news with fans. The fans couldn't be more excited to hear it!

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Josie and Kelton put out an announcement for fans about the courting news.

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In it, they said, "We have had feelings for each other for a long time and we are so excited to make our commitment to each other official.” In the video, he says that he thinks they have been boyfriend and girlfriend for a while, but now it is official.

The two have their arms around each other and look really happy. You can tell that Josie is smitten with him.

Josie and Kelton the show

These two have been on the show together a lot. Just last week, Kelton showed off his plumbing skills, but that also gave him a chance to see Josie. It sounds like he already has a career going for him, so this will make these two getting married a lot easier. Kelton happens to be Bobby's best friend and college roommate. Tori Bates just got married to Bobby Smith after he moved to be near her. Kelton is actually from Tennessee and knew the Bates family before Bobby did. It has all worked out for these couples and they are lucky to have significant others that get along so well.

It was originally shared that they were "special friends." This is a step before courting.

It doesn't surprise anyone at all that Kelton asked her to court. It will be interesting to see if the courtship lasts for very long or if they end up getting engaged really fast. They go through several steps, so by the time they are courting they know that they are very serious about each other. It would be surprising if this courtship didn't turn into an engagement and then marriage. These two seem like they are doing great and Kelton has already been on the show for a while now.

Are you happy to hear that Josie Bates and Kelton Balka are courting now? Do you think they will get engaged soon? Sound off in the comments below on your thoughts, and don't miss new episodes of "Bringing Up Bates [VIDEO]" when they air on UP. This show is a huge hit about the Bates family and this season is full of love, babies and marriage.