18 Celebs Reveal How They Knew Their Significant Other Was The One
Prince Harry, Blake Lively and more stars recount the moment they realize they'd found a life partner
NICK JONAS ON PRIYANKA CHOPRA
"I knew her for two years before we really started dating. And I think I got to know her so well as a friend first, which then made it really easy when we started dating to say, 'Wow this is the person and I know, right off the bat.' So it happened very fast, within days of us diving in. I told [my brothers] a week after our first date, 'I'm going to propose later this year.' I said September it was May at the time, it ended up being June when I proposed."
CHANCE THE RAPPER ON KIRSTEN CORLEY
"One night [my mom] took my dad and my brother and I to one of her office parties to get better acquainted with her co-workers. I was 9 years old at the time ... We were instructed to make way for an exclusive performance by Destiny's Child!! ... [We] formed a semicircle and from the back stepped out 3 young girls. Who were not Destiny's Child ... Now I'm locking eyes with the presttiest girl I ever seen in my almost-a-decade of life on earth ... I was just staring at her ... My dad nudges my shoulder. 'Son go out there. Show em what you got.' This wasn't the time or place. Not just because it wasn't my party, not because it was their moment to dance, not even cause I was nervous about dancing in front of folks. Its cause I knew I was gonna marry that girl. And I aint wanna jump the gun. So I shook my head with anxiety, moved to the back of the crowd and never even introduced myself."
LEANNE LOCKEN ON RICH EMBERLIN
"I knew Rich was ‘the one’ on our first date ... [At the end of it,] he said, 'Don't share.' I said, ‘What do you mean? Do you mean don't kiss other people? Don’t go on dates with other people? Don't have sex with other people?' He said, 'All of it. I finally found you.' I was ruined for the rest of my life because no one was ever going to take my breath away like that again."
— to PEOPLE at Jill Zarin’s sixth annual luxury luncheon
PRINCE HARRY ON MEGHAN MARKLE
"The fact that I fell in love with Meghan so incredibly quickly was confirmation to me that all the stars were aligned, everything was just perfect. It was this beautiful woman just sort of literally tripped and fell into my life, I fell into her life."
— during the couple's engagement interview
SERENA WILLIAMS ON ALEXIS OHANIAN SR.
"I had this sense, like, 'I'm going to marry this guy, but I’m not ready yet, but I know I’m going to marry this guy.' I didn’t know his world at all, but I’ve always been tech-savvy. I had a few investments before I met him, and I wanted to know more. So we started talking, just as friends. Just casually chatting. I was getting hot when he was talking about it all [laughs]. So after that we just continued talking, and then, I don’t know—I love his world."
— to InStyle
JOE MANGANIELLO ON SOFIA VERGARA
"I knew [she was the one] like right away. She was in New Orleans shooting this movie so I was flying back and forth to date her. She had just gotten out of this long relationship and so the second time I went to go see her, I was in the airport, and I noticed that People magazine had put me on the cover of the bachelor issue. Like, number one bachelor guy. So I grabbed it off the shelf and I went to go see her. We got to talking and I said, 'Look, I know you just got out of this longterm relationship and if you need to be single then I understand. I'm not going to like it, but I just need to know if that's what this is. But before you answer, I want to show you something …'
"So she picked up the magazine, she opened it up, and I saw that she was flipping by my interview. And I said, 'What are you doing?' And she said, 'I'm seeing who else is on the list.' [I was like] 'you're the one for me.' "
INA GARTEN ON JEFFREY GARTEN
“I met Jeffrey when I was 15 and I have to say, I just knew he was the one. He’s kind, he’s smart, he’s funny and he takes very good care of me. He’s wonderful."
— on Today
KALEY CUOCO ON KARL COOK
"He's blond. Figured we’d have really cute blond babies ... You just know when you meet the right guy."
— to PEOPLE
ELLEN DEGENERES ON PORTIA DE ROSSI
"I could say the same thing I've said in every relationship: 'I'm happy.' But there's happiness and there's love, and then there's completion. It doesn't take away from any of the relationships that I've had, 'cause I've had amazing relationships. … But I feel like I found my perfect fit. She's taught me lessons about myself, and I feel like I've taught her. We've both changed and grown, and we just feel like, 'Oh, OK, this is completion.' "
— to The Advocate
JERRY SEINFELD ON JESSICA SEINFELD
"It's not the conversation or the attraction that you feel, it's just like this comfort level when someone is in your house. When someone comes into your house and you still feel comfortable. I don't know what that is, but I just know this is someone I want to spend the rest of my life with.
"I had had all these thrills. And I never wanted to get married. I don't know why, I just never did. [And I thought] 'If I don't want to get married and I'm tired of being single, what do I do?' Because I didn't feel that thing with someone that makes you want to go forward. So when I met her and I thought, 'You know what, we could have a life together.' And so it gave me a life to live."
BLAKE LIVELY ON RYAN REYNOLDS
"I knew he would always be my best friend for my whole life. That was the biggest thing to me. I'd never known anything like the friendship that I had with him. I could like him as much as I loved him."
— to Marie Claire
JOHN LEGEND ON CHRISSY TEIGEN
"I don't think it was one particular moment [when I knew I wanted to propose] but I knew I love her, I knew I could see myself living with her and spending time with her forever. I knew I could envision us having kids together. And I felt like it was time to propose. She didn't pressure me, she didn't say 'It's time to put a ring on it.' I Just felt like it's time for us to get married."
— on Oprah's Next Chapter
STEPHEN COLBERT ON EVELYN MCGEE-COLBERT
"I walk in [to a theater lobby] and I see across the lobby this woman —I think for the first time, not girl, woman — beautiful woman in a black linen dress, and I think 'Her.' Honest to God, I thought 'There's your wife, you're going to marry her.' And I thought, 'That's crazy …' "
— during a Late Show Q&A
GISELE BÜNDCHEN ON TOM BRADY
"I knew Tom was the one straightaway. I could see it in his eyes that he was a man with integrity who believes in the same things I do."
— to Vogue
VICTORIA BECKHAM ON DAVID BECKHAM
"And yes, love at first sight does exist. It will happen to you in the Manchester United players; lounge – although you will get a little drunk, so exact details are hazy. While the other football players stand at the bar drinking with their mates, you will see David standing aside with his family. (He's not even in the first team at this stage – you are the famous one.) And he has such a cute smile. You, too, are close to your family, and you will think how similar he feels to you. He's going to ask for your number. (He still has the London-to-Manchester plane ticket on which you wrote it.)"
— in a letter to her teenage self, published in Vogue
JESSICA ALBA ON CASH WARREN
"I just knew when I met him that I was going to know him forever. It was weird; he instantly felt like family. It was so easy. I'd never felt like that with anyone. I was usually pretty self-conscious, minding my p's and q's, very aware of every time my fork hit the plate when I was having dinner on a date. With him, there was none of that. We got each other. We're kindred spirits."
— to InStyle
FREDDIE PRINZE JR. ON SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR
"I used to [go to this restaurant] all the time — this goes into our first date. The food would be phenomenal. And a lot of girls back then in Hollywood — as far as the actresses — didn't eat, they ate salad. And I had gone on a date with a handful of them and they would never eat what I would eat. You have to have that in common with me if we're going to get along. And so Sarah came to dinner with me, and she ate everything, including a crab that they let walk across the counter, then kill while it was alive in some oil and said, 'It's popcorn, try.' And she ate it without even blinking, and I was like, 'Yo, my girl is legit.' "
— on Facebook Live
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE ON JESSICA BIEL
“It’s like, once you find that person, it’s like a baptism, where you’re like, ‘I can’t go back,’ you know what I mean? Like, I don’t, I can’t go back ... I think anybody out there, you know, you go through anything, to have somebody by your side to really go through it with you and get in the mud with you, so to speak, I’m sure you know what that’s like."