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Eight Secret Celebrity Engagements

After actress/singer Zoë Kravitz revealed she actually said yes to Karl Glusman when he proposed eight months ago, we found out the choice to keep things private put her in plenty of star-studded company.
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Surprise! Zoë Kravitz is engaged, and it wasn’t in a cute moment you missed over the weekend. While being interviewed for her new Rolling Stone cover, the actress was casually wearing a ring, and when writer Josh Eells asked about it, she nonchalantly confessed that Karl Glusman popped the question eight months ago. Eight. The ring has even been hiding in plain sight all over her social media feeds.

Kravitz explained the decision not to tell as coming from her desire to keep the news private for a while, which makes sense considering the sudden media interest now that she made an official announcement. And it sounds like the proposal was as relaxed as the couple’s handling of this milestone, as she says Glusman popped the question at home in sweatpants after work schedules foiled a plan to ask on a romantic getaway to Paris.

While the world is working through its collective freakout, which could not contrast more with Kravitz’s totally chill mood, there’s no better activity than to reminisce on other celebrities who have enjoyed secret engagement before telling the public. From the notoriously private Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds to the whirlwind romance of Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, everyone has their reasons for keeping the world guessing, and the choice to do so made these announcements all the more exciting. Read on for eight celebrity couples--one for each month of Kravitz’s secret-keeping--who kept their news to themselves a bit longer.

Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra

After only a few months of Chopra and Jonas dating, rumors began swirling in late July that the Bollywood actress and the musician were getting married. The couple took their time to reveal the news, choosing to make an Instagram announcement in mid-August after a prayer-filled engagement party in India with their families.

Lady Gaga and Christian Carino

The multitalented music artist had been wearing a pink diamond ring on that finger since late 2017, causing rumors of an engagement to Christian Carino to swirl through awards season that winter and then more recently during promotion for A Star is Born. However, she remained quiet on the issue until her speech at the 25th annual Women in Hollywood event, when she casually uttered "my fiancé, Christian" amidst thanking her loved ones.

Amy Winehouse and Reg Traviss

In one of the most tragic secret engagements of all time, the world only found out after Winehouse's death that she had accepted Reg Traviss's proposal a few weeks prior. The two were reportedly planning a wedding for the following year, which made a sad moment all the more devastating.

Ed Sheeran and Cherry Seaborn

Some time at the tail end of 2017, Sheeran took advantage of the holiday quiet and popped the question to longtime girlfriend Cherry Seaborn. After enjoying this new relationship status alongside their cats for a few weeks, the musician revealed on January 20, 2018, that he was marrying the love of his life, to the world's pleasant surprise.

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

Royal couples always have to wait to announce engagements, as protocol means they have to break the news in an official, queen-approved way rather than posting a ring selfie on Instagram. Prince Harry proposed to Meghan (née Markle) in early November 2017 while the two were roasting a chicken, and in the weeks between this and officially telling the world, the then duchess-to-be had to discuss matters in code with her makeup artist, Daniel Martin, asking him about his plans for May 19 alongside bride and groom emojis.

Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish

The actress did not intend to announce her 2012 engagement to Michael Polish, but she let the news slip by accidentally referring to him as her fiancé in a travel blog. When the couple got married the next year, Bosworth was careful to keep the wedding a secret until afterwards.

Gina Rodriguez and Joe LoCicero

The actress got engaged to her Jane the Virgin co-star Joe LoCicero sometime around early July, but it wasn't until she posted a vacation photo with a giant ring later that month that rumors began to swirl. Much like Kravitz, Rodriguez took her time enjoying a private moment, then casually told the world in August she had been engaged for a while.

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds

This beautiful power couple is known for keeping their personal life secret and distracting from this with corny humor, so it's no surprise that early on in their relationship, they chose to keep their engagement private. Lively's ring spoke more about the love milestone than either of their words ever did, and the couple kept this precedent of staying mum when it came to their wedding, pregnancies, and baby names, confirming news as late as possible or not at all.

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