Canadian model Lauren Chan 'hard launched' her new girlfriend Hayley Kosan: 'Couple goals'

The size inclusive model came out as gay in the April 2023 issue of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit.

Lauren Chan
Lauren Chan "hard launched" a new relationship via Instagram. (Photo by Lexie Moreland/WWD via Getty Images)

Lauren Chan is beaming over her new relationship.

On Monday, the Canadian Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model shared a heartfelt Instagram reel recapping candid and intimate moments of her relationship with film director Hayley Kosan.

Chan captioned the post with "My new favourite view," along with rainbow, heart, champagne glass, peach and flame emojis. Taking pride in her newfound romance, Chan used hashtags like "#LGBTPride, #GirlsWhoLikeGirls," and "#Girlfriend."

Fans flooded the comments with congratulatory messages and praised Chan's authenticity. Many said they were "thrilled" for the model for finding love.

"Couple goals, OMG. So cute. I love this for you both," an Instagram user commented.

"Love this. You all are goals," another fan wrote, while someone else chimed in, "Well this is adorable!"

"This makes me so happy," a commenter shared.

"I love you for sharing this. You're real AF and deserve this happiness," added another.

The Brantford, Ont. native made her debut as the new 2023 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit rookie in April 2023 — in which she also publicly came out as gay for the first time after going through a divorce. "I'm here! I'm a lesbian! And I'm telling you right now!" Chan wrote at the time.

Fans and fellow LGBTQ2A+ community members were "so happy" for her big reveal and welcomed her "to the club," in the comments of a post.

Chan officially revealed her relationship with Kosan on Dec. 21. She shared a makeup-free, topless photo of them sharing a hug, captioning it, "Hard launch."

The post received attention for its unapologetic celebration of love.

"This is so beautiful," one person penned.

"Love this. This is beautiful in so many ways," commented another. "Congrats. This is lovely and such a powerful photo," someone noted.

Though this is the first time Chan openly shared about her new relationship, she's no stranger to getting candid with her followers.

Last month, Chan shared a candid post with her Instagram followers, opening up about her recent struggle with confidence — challenging the narrative that "smaller is better."

Chan admitted she felt disappointed in herself recently after she "ended up in a situation where I was trying to get smaller. That's hard for me to admit. It goes against most of what I stand for, but I'm human," she said.

The realization came after receiving feedback that her energy looked low during a TV taping, prompting her to reflect on unhealthy weight loss strategy. "I was not fuelling my body with enough to show up and do my job," she confessed.

"My job is not to be smaller," Chan continued. "My job is to show up and share my message of empowerment and equality for folks just like me so that they feel equal to their peers who meet the beauty ideal, so they can go out and have better lives and change the world.

"Your worth does not come from your appearance," she doubled down in the caption.

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