8 Absolutely Adorable (and One Kinda Gross) Celebrity Proposal Stories
ORLANDO BLOOM HAD ALL SORTS OF PROBLEMS WHILE PROPOSING TO KATY PERRY
After her Valentine's Day 2019 engagement, Perry popped into Jimmy Kimmel Live! to spill the details on the proposal, which began with a low-key dinner and transitioned into a surprise helicopter ride.
“The funny part is we had champagne in the helicopter and the [ring] box was in his pocket and he had written down everything he wanted to say on a note,” she revealed, explaining that the note was meant to divert her attention while he pulled out the ring.
“So I’m reading [the note] but I’m hearing the champagne is broken and the bottle’s everywhere … he’s pulling out this box that’s too big for his coat pocket, rips his coat pocket and his elbow goes into the champagne.”
But, eventually, the proposal did work out: “We landed on a rooftop [in Los Angeles] — my whole family was there, and all my friends,” Perry recalled. “He did so well.”
IDRIS ELBA DIDN'T PLAN TO PROPOSE — OR TO HAVE THE MOMENT GO VIRAL
Well, he did plan to propose, just not on the day it ended up happening. On a February 2019 visit to Ellen, the Sexiest Man Alive shared, “It was like two days before Valentine’s and I had this ring in my pocket, it was burning a hole. And then Valentine’s came and she had to fly somewhere, so there was a likelihood I wasn’t going to see her on Valentine’s Day. So I made this movie, and Sab was on the set every day. She knew the whole crew. So at the screening, it was a private screening for the cast and crew, and I just dropped to one knee. It was very nerve-wracking.”
Though it happened in a private venue, someone recorded the moment — and it promptly made the rounds online.
“Yeah, I didn’t expect it to quite make British news and American news and Japanese news, for that matter,” Elba previously told PEOPLE, laughing. “It was quite a public affair. But it really wasn’t meant to be on the news.”
CHERYL BURKE THOUGHT MATTHEW LAWRENCE'S PROPOSAL WAS A BREAKUP
As the Dancing with the Stars coach was getting ready on the night of her 34th birthday, after she'd waited all day in anticipation of a proposal from Lawrence and begun to give up hope, Lawrence began rushing her to get out of the shower, which was strange considering "he has no idea or sense of time," she joked.
When she came out, he was playing a song that she says she'll walk down the aisle to, and had a letter for her.
"I thought, 'Oh no, is this like a breakup letter? Or, like, what is happening?' He goes, 'Just read it'" she said. "... So I bring it up to my nose, and it says, 'Love you always and forever.' And I turned around, he was on one knee and we were just very emotional."
KELVIN HAYDEN PROPOSED TO TARAJI P. HENSON EARLIER THAN EXPECTED
The Empire actress wasn't expecting her now-fiancé Kelvin Hayden to pop the question, explaining to Entertainment Tonight that "the river of tears started" when she saw Hayden on one knee and her "lashes ended up on the floor."
The couple ended up getting engaged on Mother's Day — and on Henson's 24-year-old son Marcel Johnson's birthday — which was earlier than the former athlete was intending to propose.
“He surprised the heck out of everybody because I think he was trying to wait and he couldn’t wait,” she told ET. “He had the ring and I guess it was burning a hole in his pocket. And just the weight and the pressure of keeping the secret, he couldn’t do it.”
MEGHAN TRAINOR VOMITED ON DARYL SABARA THE MORNING AFTER
The "Dear Future Husband" singer's engagement story is enviable, but it's what happened after that might have some people cringing. During an appearance on The Talk, the Grammy winner revealed she threw up on her new fiancé a day after proposed to her in December 2017. "It's kind of gross," she warned. "We're eating so much healthier nowadays, but we were at the hotel and we’re eating the hotel food. The day that we drove home I got food poisoning on the car ride."
Trainor continued: "So, he's driving and I'm just in his face like, 'Urghl' [throwing up], and I told him, 'I'm so sorry.' He's like, 'I'd kiss you right now.' " And in case you were wondering, he did.
BROOKS LAICH KNEW JULIANNE HOUGH'S RING SIZE BEFORE THEY EVEN STARTED DATING
In a sweet video posted to Instagram during the couple's Parisian getaway, the Dancing with the Stars judge captured her new husband admitting he knew she was the one long before they got engaged. "You knew you were going to marry me before I was even your girlfriend," Hough can be heard saying as she tries to stealthily capture the romantic moment on video. "One hundred percent," Laich replied. He called her out for her not-so-sneaky camera work, but went on to readily admit, "I measured your ring before we were even dating. Before you were even my girlfriend, I measured your ring."
KARL COOK JOKINGLY PROPOSED TO KALEY CUOCO HOURS BEFORE THE REAL DEAL
Not long before sharing his actual proposal to his longtime girlfriend on social media, Cook teased Cuoco with a fake ring while shopping at Target. "On my loves birthday I got her everything she has always wanted….now judging by her face maybe not, it's the thought that counts right," he shared.
Cook had his love in tears even before he gave her the real ring as he treated the Big Bang Theory star to a romantic candlelit dinner at their home.
WILL AND JADA PINKETT SMITH MADE THINGS OFFICIAL BEFORE GOING TO SLEEP
According to the actor, the Smiths actually appreciate that their nontraditional proposal was a simple affair, but it's safe to say it wasn't your typical engagement event. "We were just lying there, going to sleep," Smith recalled to PEOPLE in 2005. "I looked over at her, and I said, 'Hey, we might be real good married. Wassup? You wanna marry me?’ Unplanned. No ring. Not the classic proposal. She said yes."
"It’s really weird when you live the kind of lifestyle that we live: Simplicity becomes the jewel," he added.
JOE MANGANIELLO PROPOSED TO SOFIA VERGARA IN SPANISH
"I had a big speech in Spanish, and that's what I was nervous about," he admitted to Live cohost Kelly Ripa of his proposal to the Modern Family actress. "The last thing you want to do is like mess up the Spanish on the proposal to the Colombian woman."
The actor said he included "Eres mi todo" (which means "you are my everything" in English) in his speech. Cue our hearts exploding. "You only get one chance to do it, and if you're gonna do it, you gotta do it right, so there's a lot of planning that goes into it," Manganiello said.