What a year to fall in love. Stars started off the first half of the year strong in the romance department, with celebrity engagements—both ones that were surprises and those that were a long time coming—dominating the headlines throughout the first half of 2019.
Some couples, like Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger, surprised fans with their whirlwind romance, while others, like Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, led to huge echoes of relief from excited fans. The latest engagement between Hilary Duff and Matthew Koma was speculated since late 2018. The Knot rounds up a definitive list of the most buzzworthy celebrity engagements 2019 has thrown at us so far.
1. Tim Tebow and Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters
Tim Tebow had to do one of his least favorite things—lie—in order to propose to his then-girlfriend Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, on January 10. But the former college football player would later say that it was all worth it. He and Nel-Peters first met through Night to Shine, part of his nonprofit, the Tim Tebow Foundation.
“Her sister has special needs, so we invited them to Night to Shine in South Africa,” he told Todayhosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb back in 2018. “We kind of met and started talking through that and haven’t stopped.”
2. Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger
Chris Pratt had Katherine Schwarzenegger’s parents’ approval long before he dropped to one knee to propose on January 13 (and in so doing gave us one of the most surprising celebrity engagements of 2019); in fact, Schwarzenegger’s mom, Maria Shriver, set the pair up in early 2018. By September, friends were calling the couple “a great fit” and anticipating a quick engagement. “Katherine has spent time with Chris’ family and they all love her too,” an insider told People at the time. “She fits in really well with them and vice versa.” They became Instagram official in December, and showed off a diamond sparkler by early January.
3. Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney
Everyone’s favorite red carpet gal linked up with her plus-one for life in January after quietly getting engaged to her boyfriend, art gallery dealer Cooke Maroney, at the start of the year. The Silver Linings Playbook actress and Maroney were first rumored to be dating back in June 2018, and largely kept their relationship under wraps ever since. She was previously linked to director Darren Aronofsky, actor Nicholas Hault, and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.