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12 female celebrities who proposed to their male partners, from Succession star Sarah Snook and former Olympian Lindsey Vonn, to Britney Spears and Pink

Pink, Britney Spears and The Good Place star Kristen Bell all once proposed. Photos: @hartluck/Instagram, AFP
Getting down on one knee to propose marriage – with a massive, glittering rock at the ready, of course – is a tradition that’s still going strong today. But it’s not always the men who are stepping up – or kneeling down – as this list proves. While many A-list
brides are opting for colour over typical white dresses, others are taking matters
into their own hands and defying outmoded conventions by popping the question
first.

Meet 12 female celebrities who proposed to their male partners ...

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Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Wilding. Photo: @elizabethtaylor/Instagram

Out of Elizabeth Taylor’s eight marriages, she proposed once, to Michael Wilding.

Taylor proposed to Wilding, a British actor, while working on a film in England in 1952. They had two children together before divorcing in 1957.

Judy Sheindlin, aka Judge Judy

 

Judy Sheindlin, better known as the no-nonsense Judge Judy, proposed to her husband Jerry Sheindlin.

Sheindlin had been married once for 12 years before she met her now-husband in a bar. When he continued to express ambivalence about the importance of getting married, she asked him to marry her herself.

“I did propose to him,” Sheindlin told DuJour in 2013. “I said to him, ‘Where is this relationship going?’ And he tried to weasel out of it, with his, ‘Well, you know, why do we have to get married?’ Whatever. He finally capitulated. I told him to pick a date. He picked Flag Day.”

Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller arrives on the red carpet for the Met Gala in New York, in May 2017. Photo: EPA

Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg proposed to Barry Diller, and they’ve been married since 2001.

Von Furstenberg turned Diller’s proposals down several times before she took matters into her own hands.

“One year I didn’t know what to give him for his birthday, and I called him and said, ‘You know, if you want, for your birthday I’ll marry you’,” she told O Magazine in 2014. He replied with, “Let me see if I can arrange it”.

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Britney Spears

Britney Spears and husband Kevin Federline arriving at the 2004 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in December 2004. Photo: AFP Photo/Getty Images

Britney Spears proposed to Kevin Federline in 2004. The couple was on a flight from Ireland to New York when Spears proposed, she told People magazine in the same year.

“All of a sudden I said, ‘What if you want to get married?’ And I kind of went from there to asking him if he would marry me,” she said.

Spears and Federline divorced three years later, in 2007.

Pink

Pink and Carey Hart. Photo: @hartluck/Instagram

Pink asked motocross racer Carey Hart to marry her in 2005 while he was racing in the Pro 250 class finals. As Hart began his third lap around the track, Pink held up a pit board that read, “Will you marry me?” When he didn’t pull over, she added, “Serious!”

Cary accepted the singer’s proposal and they married in Costa Rica in 2006. They have two children together.

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson and David Otunga. Photo: @davidotunga/Instagram

Jennifer Hudson proposed to David Otunga in 2009 – five months after he proposed to her. Otunga had proposed to Hudson on her birthday, so she returned the favour on his birthday with a five-carat ring.

They announced their separation after 10 years together in 2017.

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Gretchen Rossi

Gretchen Rossi, Slade Smiley and their daughter Skylar. Photo: @gretchenrossi/Instagram

Gretchen Rossi asked Slade Smiley to marry her on an episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County in 2013. She got down on one knee to ask Smiley to marry her. He got down on one knee to say yes.

“With this ring, I hope you’ll say yes and I hope you’ll marry me, and I hope we’ll have a wonderful, fabulous, maybe not perfect, but happy life together,” she said.

The couple still has not actually gotten married – although they wear wedding rings and call each other husband and wife – but they welcomed a daughter Skylar in July 2019.

Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell and husband Dax Shepard arrive for the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards in January 2019, at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Photo: AFP

Kristen Bell proposed to Dax Shepard on Twitter after marriage equality became legal in California in 2013.

Bell and Shepard didn’t want to tie the knot until every couple had the right to marry. When the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, legalising same-sex marriage in California, Bell popped the question in a tweet.

“.@daxshepard1 will you marry me? Xo #marriageequality #loveislove,” she wrote.

His reply? “F*** yes!!!!!!!!!!!”

Haley Lu Richardson

Haley Lu Richardson and Brett Dier. Photo: @haleyluhoo/Instagram

Actress Haley Lu Richardson and Brett Dier were together for seven years before Richardson popped the question.

While chatting with Busy Philipps on Busy Tonight in 2019, Richardson said that she had asked Dier to marry her.

“I just asked,” she said. “Neither of us are, like, crazy romantic people, so nothing was planned. He was sitting there eating a pizza and he was telling me a joke that Shia LaBeouf had said in an interview, and he was, like, pretending to be Shia LaBeouf explaining this joke and for some reason I just cut him off and was like, ‘Wanna marry me?’”

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Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn and PK Subban. Photo: @lindseyvonn/Instagram

Retired Olympic alpine skier Lindsey Vonn proposed to New Jersey Devils defenceman PK Subban on Christmas in 2019. The couple had already announced their engagement in August 2019, when Subban proposed to Vonn. But Vonn said that she wanted Subban to have a ring too.

“Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone!!” Vonn wrote on Twitter. “On our two year anniversary, in a ‘non-traditional’ move, I asked PK to marry me and he said, yes! Women aren’t the only ones who should get engagement rings! #MerryChristmas #equality”

The couple announced their split in December 2020 after postponing their wedding due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Jodie Turner-Smith

Jodie Turner Smith and Joshua Jackson. Photo: @jodiesmith/Instagram

In an appearance on The Tonight Show in July 2021, Joshua Jackson revealed his wife, model and actress Jodie Turner-Smith, proposed to him in Nicaragua.

The Dawson’s Creek actor told host Jimmy Fallon about “the best choice [he] ever made”.

“She asked me, yeah, on New Year’s Eve,” Jackson said of Turner-Smith’s proposal. “We were in Nicaragua. It was very beautiful, incredibly romantic. We were walking down the beach and she asked me to marry her. There was, like, a preamble. There was a lead-up to it … I did not know, but she was quite adamant and she was right.”

Turner-Smith gave birth to the couple’s daughter in April 2020.

Sarah Snook

Sarah Snook arrives at the premiere for the third series of TV show Succession during the BFI film festival in London, Britain, on October 15. Photo: Reuters

Succession star Sarah Snook proposed to and quietly wed comedian Dave Lawson, a long-time friend, while they lived together in lockdown during the pandemic.

“At the beginning of the pandemic last year, I got locked down in Melbourne with one of my best mates and we fell in love,” Snook told Vogue Australia in October 2021. “We’ve been friends since 2014, lived together, travelled together, always excited to see each other, but totally platonic. We’ve just never been single at the same time. I proposed and we got married in February in my backyard.”

The couple wed with Succession co-star Ashley Zukerman there as a witness.

“It’s been a ride,” Snook said. “There’s so much heartache and sadness in the world, but on a micro personal level, I’ve been very fortunate. There’s a really lovely grace in that without the pandemic, we might not have ended up together so quickly.”

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  • Sarah Snook – currently starring in HBO’s Succession – quietly wed comedian Dave Lawson after they spent lockdown together in Melbourne
  • Gretchen Rossi asked Slade Smiley to marry her on a Real Housewives episode while Haley Lu Richardson popped the question to Brett Dier in the middle of a TV talk show