Don Lemon announced his engagement to real estate agent Tim Malone over the weekend

By Hanna Flanagan
April 10, 2019 10:27 AM
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Don Lemon says he’s been flooded with wedding inquiries since announcing his engagement to real estate agent Tim Malone over the weekend — but the CNN Tonight anchor and his fiancé are in no rush to tie the knot.

“I’m just trying to enjoy this moment of bliss. And then, whenever we get married, we get married,” Lemon, 53, told PEOPLE on Tuesday in New York City at Safe Horizon’s 24th Annual Champion Awards, where he was an honoree.

Despite potential pressure to nail down a date and location as soon as possible, Lemon said he and Malone are in no hurry, adding that he doesn’t want to get caught up in the logistics.

“The advice I get from most people is: Don’t become obsessed with the ceremony or wedding planning — just enjoy it,” Lemon said.

Tim Malone and Don Lemon
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Although the wedding details are far from finalized, if the ceremony is anything like Lemon’s engagement ring, friends and family are in for quite the treat.

CNN presenter Chris Cuomo joked with his co-anchor about the show-stopping bling on-air during a Monday night segment.

“I gotta tell you, for somebody who was worried about the subtlety of it, you blew the cover off that with that ring,” Cuomo said. “Liberace was embarrassed by that ring.”

Lemon laughed but defended the ring and clarified that he was not the one who made the purchase.

“I said, ‘If I’m gonna get married, then I want some bling and who cares?’ ” he said. “It’s my finger and it’s my marriage.”

The engagement — which happened after Malone’s birthday celebration on Friday night and involved adorably personalized dog collars — comes over a year after the couple’s memorable on-air kiss during CNN’s 2018 New Year’s Eve broadcast.

Lemon and Malone met in New York and have been together since 2016. The CNN anchor, who came out in his book Transparent in 2011, previously spoke about the decision in an interview with The New York Times.

“People have to do it at their own speed. I respect that. I do have to say that the more people who come out, the better it is for everyone,” Lemon said. “I think if I had seen more people like me who are out and proud, it wouldn’t have taken me 45 years to say it, to walk in the truth.”